Re: changing color of IKEA lawn chair
This is from the IKEA website.
What this tells me is that it likely is a natural wood color with a clear coat finish. IF it has any coloration added to it, that color is likely to be in the clear coat finish rather than the wood being stained first, then clear coated. The difference is that with stain coats, the color is retained in the finish coat, similar to paint, very little if any coloration is added to the wood. The reason for this type of finish is that it is cheaper and faster to mass produce with a single finishing step rather than two or more steps that it takes with conventional staining and top coating.
Care instructions The furniture has already been treated with glazing paint, but should be re-painted at regular intervals when in use. Note! Be sure the furniture is clean and dry before re-painting.
After the season, store the outdoor furniture indoors or protected from the elements to retain its condition.
To change the color you're going to have to either use a full bodied paint and completely cover what is there, or strip the existing finish, then address whether you need to lighten/darken the wood before reapplying a top coat finish.
You might be able to use a one step stain/top coat finish and apply it right over the existing finish. This will certainly work to go darker, but probably not as well for going lighter unless you go for more of a pickled or white-washed look.
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