After much research and deliberation and praying(no seriously it is that big of a decision!) I have decided what I hope is the best route for giving the chairs a facelift.
I decided to paint them myself. And the best way to do this would be to detach the fiberglass seat from the frame. As you can see in all the photos the seats have visible rivets. I was very apprehensive about taking them apart because I was afraid of cracking the fiberglass. That would be a disaster of epic proportions. Its not like I can just go pick up another one of these chairs from a store! I did some googling and educated myself about rivets and how they work. Rivets can be removed by drilling into them with a drill bit. This destroys the existing rivet without harming the item. But I would need a rivet gun to put new ones on when the time comes. I talked to THE GENIUS (AKA my father-in-law) and he said he had a rivet gun! Yay!
I will need the gun when I am ready to replace the rivets and reattach the seats to the frames.
These are my chairs:
I need to be documenting this process. I magic erased and bleached the seats. There was mold on the bottoms of the seats....and chewing gum. Gross. I bought some metal anti-rust spray primer for the legs and some Krylon plastic fushion spray paint for the seats. I chose white color with a satin sheen which is neither too glossy nor too matte. I also purchased some Krylon metalic paint in "aluminum" color for the legs. I was thrilled to find it at Walmart because all the "metalic" spray paints carried at Lowes were too glittery looking which was not what I was going for at all! I hope to provide a step by step documention of this process like the one I did last year for the dresser I refinished. You can read about it HERE in a guest post I did last November.
I'm hoping for some good weather with minimal wind so I can get this spray painting show on the road!