Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Paint A Metal Table

Wrought iron furniture will soon need new paint.

Metal tables, particularly patio tables, have a tendency to rust. A fresh coat of paint will make them look brand new and serve you well for years to come. Preparation is the key to a good-looking paint job and has a dramatic effect on the length of time that will pass before you have to do it again. Does this Spark an idea?


Prepare the surfaces

1. Put on your safety glasses. Use the wire brush, sandpaper and any power tools with wire brushes and abrasive wheels to remove as much of the old paint as possible and all loose rust. The smoother you can get the surface now, the better the finished paint will look. If you want to spend a lot of money, take the table to a media blasting shop to remove every speck of rust and old paint with a high-pressure blasting machine.

2. While wearing gloves, eye protection and your N95 compliant mask in a well-ventilated area, wipe the table thoroughly to remove all dust, oils and contaminants that will interfere with paint adhesion. During this phase, put cardboard strips or a tarp under the table legs to prevent dirt from creeping onto your clean metal. They also will protect the floor from wayward paint spray.

3. Shake the can of primer for a full minute after you can hear the ball rattling inside. Make sure you are within the operating temperature range recommended by the manufacturer. Hold the paint can about 1 foot from the table and, starting at one end, coat the table evenly to the other end. Use long, smooth strokes and overlap them to get even coverage. Move around the table and coat each leg thoroughly, as well.

4. Prepare the paint for the finish coat according to manufacturer's instructions. Be sure to wait the prescribed amount of time for the primer to dry. Paint the legs first to avoid contaminating the top with over-spray. When painting the top, start on the side nearest you and paint away from your body. This will allow each full coat to cover the over-spray from the previous stroke.

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