A restored and newly painted metal furniture instantly gives your patio new look and fresh appeal. Restoring and painting your old metal patio furniture might seem like a difficult project, particularly if your furniture is rusty, weathered and highly ornate like wrought iron metal. However, thanks to the latest development in painting technology, restoring an old metal furniture nowadays could be easier than you might think and even can be done as a weekend project. There’s no need to throw away your old furniture and replace it with expensive new set. This article explains what is rust all about and how to deal with it, follow by step by step guide to restore and repaint your metal patio furniture. You’ll impressed by yourself how easy and fulfilled this weekend project.
1. About Rust
First of all, let’s deal with rust. Most metal furniture eventually will rust, especially if it’s outside like the one in your patio, garden or balcony. Exposing to the sun and rain can make metal patio furniture look tired with faded paint. If it contains even a small amount of iron, metal will oxidize when exposed to air and moisture. Rust can easily form and diminish the appearance of your outdoor furniture. Oxidation on iron and steel is easy to spot. It is identified by its reddish brown color and its tendency to powder or flake off. Rust creates hard bubbles under paint, eventually erupting into lesions that erode the metal until it crumbles. If there is rust in your metal furniture, it is best to deal with it as soon as you can.
2. Prepare your Metal Furniture
The first step is to clean off as much of the rust as possible. Start brushing with a large wire brush along the surface of the metal furniture. Brush hard. Don’t worry, this will not hurt the good steel underneath the old paint, but this will remove loose flakes of old paint and rust. Try remove pieces of paint or rust that have started to flake away from the surface of the metal as much as possible. This will give you a smoother surface to repaint. You’ll see a lot of scratch on the paint, however, the new metal paint will hide a lot of those imperfections. Use a smaller (like one-inch-long head) stainless steel wire brush in the tight spots. If necessary, use a small file in very tight spots, or even Dremel. You can purchase all kind of brush and file from your favorite hardware store.
The above step is manually remove the rust and old paint from metal furniture. If you opt to use rust remover products, then do with proper Safety Equipment and Precautions. These products are rely on some form of acid to do the job and most are highly toxic. Wear safety glasses and a breathing mask. This protects your eyes and mouth from nasty fume. Also wear protective clothing and gloves. Make sure you have adequate ventilation. Always follow directions and precautions on the label very carefully.
Choose the most convenient method for you to remove the rust.
To clean dust, debris and remaining abrasives, brush off the surface of the metal furniture using an old paint brush. Cleanse with a cloth dampened in a mixture of water and small amount of dishwashing liquid but don’t get the metal too wet. Immediately wipe dry with a cleaned and dry rag. The metal surface must be completely clean for the primer and paint to adhere well.
3. Prime and Rust Protect the Metal
Use a type of primer and paint made especially for outdoor metal. This heavy duty paint is weatherproof and designed to last for several years. Oil-based primers with rust-inhibiting work the best. Make sure the paint container has the words “rust inhibitors” on it, ask the seller if you are in doubt.
There are primers which are designed to bond with the metal and prevent moisture from getting on it and re-rusting, it will react with the rust and form a ferrous oxide which will encapsulate and significantly retard corrosion growth.
Place the furniture on sheets of old newspapers to protect your working surface. Place newspaper layers by layers up to 3 layers, with each layer tape on your working surface. This is extra protection in the event of spill over paint. Shake the can of spray paint vigorously and begin spraying, holding the can approximately six inches from the surface of the furniture. Start by identifying the hard-to-reach area and spray small amount of paint on it. This will make sure all the surface covered by paint and you’re not missing any “hidden” area. Work down from the top of your furniture. This will prevent any accumulation of paint dripping.
Once the primer is completely dry, your furniture can then be painted with desired paint color. Apply several thin coats of paint rather than impatiently spraying one thick coat. Make sure to allow each layer to dry completely before moving onto the next paint. Follow instruction on the paint container about the length of time between coats of paint or its effectiveness can be greatly diminished. Applying additional coats of paint before the first one dries can result in issues like bubbling, cracking, and wrinkling of the paint finish.
The furniture can be painted with a spray paint or by brush. When it comes to cast or wrought iron metal, the thicker and heavier you get the paint on your patio furniture, the better. So while it is easier to spray, it will last longer if you brush. Use a sturdy brush from the hardware store to apply the paint to your metal patio furniture. A small brush works well on ornate metalworks.
With your restoring project done, it’s now time to sit back and enjoy the fulfilling feelings. A job done right is definitely worth doing, especially if it’s helps transform an eye-sore into worth admiring a new look metal patio furniture.