Friday, December 23, 2011

Revive Rusted Iron Furniture

Whether it's cast or wrought, iron ranks among the most popular materials for outdoor furniture. It does have one major flaw, though: If you're not careful, it can rust. With this method, you can make your furniture look like new again. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Rub the rusted sections with kerosene, and scour with fine-grade steel wool until you reach bare metal. For persistent spots, reapply the kerosene and leave it on long enough to loosen the rust.

2. Sand the edges of the bare spots to make a smooth transition between them and the surrounding painted sections.

3. Rinse the piece to remove all dust, and wipe it with an absorbent towel. Let the piece sit until it's thoroughly dry.

4. Spray with a rust-inhibiting primer, according to the product's instructions. Follow with a rust-resistant spray paint.

5. Allow the paint to dry for a day or two. Then, using a soft cloth, rub the piece of furniture with car wax.