Monday, June 27, 2011

Refinish Wrought Iron Patio Furniture

Wrought iron patio furniture is a great, functional way to add a retro or art deco look to your patio. It will also never break, barring some natural disaster, and it holds up to the weather better than wood or plastic, with the proper finish. Like anything made of iron, your patio furniture might rust from time to time, and if left unchecked, this rust could damage the furniture. However, it's fairly easy to perform maintenance on wrought iron patio furniture. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Remove any loose flakes of paint with a paint scraper and a wire brush. Keep scraping and brushing until any piece of paint that is even somewhat loose has been removed.

2. Apply a commercial rust remover (widely available at automotive stores) to the rusty areas on your furniture, and allow the coating to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions on the bottle.

3. Sand the rust remover off of the furniture. (It will turn the rust into a sort of black powder.)

4. Using the brush, apply a coat of the rust-resistant primer to all of the exposed areas that you have just scraped and sanded. You do not need to apply primer to the areas where you will leave the old paint. If the old paint is still firmly attached, it makes just as good a bottom coat as the primer.

5. Brush on a second coat of primer once the first has dried.

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