Have you ever questioned yourself: “How do I rejuvenate the metal on my outdoor furniture?” Or you just simply want your metal outdoor furniture like table and chairs or your metal garden furniture to look “like new”? Although metal outdoor furniture is extremely long-lasting, it should be refreshed every few seasons. Under are a few quick and easy tricks that will make your metal outdoor furniture breathe again at a fraction of the cost of buying new. So instead of replacing your outdoor furniture with a new one- read on instead!
This can be a long process and requires time and patience however the results will be worth it as a can of spray paint can go a long way toward making a weary-looking piece of furniture nearly new.
Step 1: Removing flaking paint and Rust:
You can use a paint scraper to remove any paint flakes and then use a fine grade steel wool to sand it down.
Step 2: Wash away any dust:
After you’re done with step 1 make sure that the furniture is clean. If you do not make sure that the surface to be painted is clean then the paint will flake off and desired results will not be achieved.
- You can simply spray the furniture with water using a hose or use detergent as well for better results.
- Allow the furniture to dry before painting.
Step 3: Spray paint.
Be sure to get a paint that is intended for this purpose and type of material your furniture is made of. Take the following precautions before you start painting:
- Do not put too much spray paint in one position or it will begin to run.
- Spray the paint 1-1.5 feet from the surface using a side to side motion.
- Spray one coat and allow it to dry before applying another coat and be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.
- Paint the bottom first and then the top so that when you flip it upside down you don’t have to redo the paint again because of something sticking to it.
- Be sure to let the paint dry properly before touching it.
Slipcovers are an easy and inexpensive way to revive your outdoor metal furniture. Slipcovers are cheerful, attractive and by no means permanent. You can hit the market, select a vibrant slipcover, and drape your table and chairs or any other furniture with it. Since they are not permanent you reserve the right to change your mind and do something different whenever you want.
Metal furniture can stay outside for a long period of time however it may corrode over time. If you do not have a place to store the furniture inside when it is not in use then you should consider investing in furniture covers to protect them from direct sunlight and water.
A wide range of PVC-backed polyester covers is easily available in the market which will keep your outdoor furniture protected from the elements. UV-filters to prevent sun bleaching can also come in handy for this purpose.
Add colorful accessories
A quick and simple way to renew your outdoor metal furniture is to add a few colorful accessories such as cushions and pillows. This will not only rejuvenate your outdoor metal furniture but also make it look contemporary. Furthermore, if the trend changes it is easy to replace them with the new ones.
If you can not find something that suits your taste or if you do not want to invest in something new, you can increase the life of the old ones. Refresh the old pillows/cushions with spray paint.
Give your aged outdoor metal furniture some funk by adding a few graphics to them.
One simple and easy way of doing this is by applying painter’s tape in varying widths or according to the desired pattern and then spray paint the furniture. This will not only restore the furniture but also reflect your artistic capabilities.
Metal furniture can get forlorn and dim with the passage of time. To address the faded look, you can dress the metal furniture by reupholstering the furniture.
The best part about this technique is that you only need basic tools such as some fabric and a staple gun. Just remove the old fabric/seat covers from the furniture and put on something new and trendy.
Whitewash finish not only looks good on an outdoor furniture set but is also an easy way to breathe new life into the furniture.
- Water down the furniture with white paint
- Using two parts of water to one-part paint
An advantage of using this technique is that whitewash does not have to look perfect- so don’t be afraid to try it.
Your outdoor wicker metal furniture is bound to show some dirt/dust or even a little mildew. However, it is something not to worry about as it is completely washable.
- You can use a regular garden hose for this purpose along with scrub brush and detergent.
- Let the furniture dry before you sit on it in order to avoid a lasting impression of your backside on the furniture.
Do not use a pressure washer.
Metal outdoor furniture can live outside all year round but are prone to rust. However, there is an easy solution to make your outdoor metal furniture just like new, by removing the rust which has accumulated on it with the passage of time.
- Remove loose paint and rust with a coarse or a stiff-bristled wire brush, then sand the painted edges smooth
- Apply primer and paint after washing the furniture and once it is dry
The modification will definitely amaze you.
Precaution to prevent furniture from rusting in the future:
- Wash your metal furniture regularly with water to keep the dirt and dust from trapping the moisture from metal paint
- Lubricate all the moving parts on a regular basis
- Protect your furniture from prolonged sun and rain exposure. Use tarps or furniture covers when not in use
- The use of a rust-resistant primer will also help keep the rust from forming
Rejuvenate your sun-damaged and faded outdoor metal furniture instantly with color restorers. These are basically color restoring wipes that penetrates deep to restore faded and weathered outdoor furniture to a brilliant shine.
These technologically advanced wipes are non-greasy, low odor, and fast-drying. You can simply wipe them on the furniture to protect it against damage from the sun and water.
Care and Maintenance
- The easiest way to rejuvenate your outdoor furniture is to give it a quick scrub with detergent, followed by a water rinse.
- Never use abrasives, bleach, or ammonia as they strip metal of its UV protection. Exposure to pesticides and fertilizers does the same thing.
- Store your metal furniture in a dry spot during winters. If you do not have sufficient space inside the house cover the furniture with a breathable vinyl cover that does not touch the ground so that moisture can escape preventing mildew and rust.
- Touch up the paint as soon as it is nicked. Avoid using car wax as it will leave a cloudy buildup.
- Remove the cushion covers once in a while and put them in a washing machine to rejuvenate them. If your cushion covers are not removable you can use a soft brush soaked in soapy water and scrub the cushions and wipe clean with a wet cloth or a towel. If your cushions are stained you can also use a stain remover. spray the mixture over the stains. Leave this mixture for some time, and then hose clean the cushions. Allow them to dry.