Two years ago we bought 4 Adirondack chairs for our deck in Collinsville, but instead of the shiny red ones like we have at the seminary, we bought stained chairs. Unfortunately, the stain bled through and disappeared in blotches so I'm attempting a re-stain and will finish with a coat of clear gloss polyurethane to keep this from happening again.
Here's one re-stained chair behind one which is about to be coated. Seems to be working.
I'm doing them on the front porch where there is shade, the backyard is like being on the face of the sun, hot and bright. The man at Porter Paint asked me if I wanted exterior or interior stain and I told him, "well, they are outdoor chairs, what do you suggest?" He then said that exterior stain is made to bleed through. I have no idea why this would be a characteristic of an exterior stain, but I knew we did not want it. And, it pretty much described what happened to the chairs. I'd advise anyone wanting wood Adirondeck chairs to buy the painted ones. They last and won't bleed through.