Friday, September 4, 2009

Plastic Adirondack Chairs - Extend Their Life

Adirondack chairs have been a staple on the American landscape for over a century. Since being invented by Thomas Lee in 1903, except for a short hiatus in the 1980s, these chairs have enhanced the appearance of many homeowners patios, porches, gardens and lawns. More recently, the concept has been greatly improved upon with the development of plastic Adirondack chairs. Like their wood counterparts, the high, angled back, sloping seat, and wide armrests are perfect for relaxing. Actually, the plastic versions can be made with more contour which provides greater comfort without the use of a cushion. However, unlike their counterparts, the plastic chairs will not rot, warp or splinter.

While the trend is green and many items made of plastic have become taboo, recycling of old plastic items has become the norm helping to ease the strain on the landfills thus protecting the environment. Many plastic Adirondack chairs are made of recycled plastic comprised of old milk jugs, sewer pipes (I hope they clean them good), exterior siding, and window frames. Thus you can add style to your patio or porch without sacrificing environmental friendliness.

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The purified high-density polyethylene plastic makes the chair hard, strong and in most cases is molded to resemble real wood slats. The chairs are then treated with ultra violet (UV) protection making them resistant to fading due to sunlight which allows them to maintain their color throughout the life of the chair. The chairs require little maintenance with the exception of an occasional cleaning that can be easily accomplished with a mild soap and water solution. They are also weather resistant which allows you to leave them outside year-round thus eliminating the need to move all you outside seating to storage when the seasons change.

Even though these chairs last for many years, they do not always endure the ever changing color trends that are part of your desired decor. Therefore, like their wooden counterparts, an occasional change in color becomes necessary. Up until recent years, painting plastics effectively was an almost impossible task. However, through the development of modern paint technology, your can now add a durable, long-lasting finish to most any plastic surface by following the few simple steps below.

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Rinse the chairs first with a strong stream of water from a garden hose to remove any standing debris. Use any of the many ammonia-based cleaners and thoroughly wipe the surface to remove stubborn dirt or tree sap. When dry, lightly sand the chairs to ensure that you dull the glossy surface which will help the paint adhere to the plastic. Wipe the chairs with a tack cloth to remove any dust left behind from the sanding. Apply a light coat of paint formulated especially for plastic such as Krylon® Fusion for Plastic and be sure to carefully follow the directions on the can. Apply additional coats if necessary.

With the little effort exercised above, your plastic Adirondack chairs will once again be a beautiful addition to the decor of your porch, patio, garden or lawn thus extending their usefulness for many years to come.