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Revamped Garden Setting - From Rusty to Clean White

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I bought this little garden setting on ebay for $45. It was rusty even though it was not very old. The chairs and table fold up. I think it is iron or steel - not cast aluminium. Anyhow, with a bit of TLC it is looking fresh as a daisy!
Update: These sold and are now at their new home.
  • revamped and repainted outdoor set, outdoor furniture, painted furniture
The steps involved were:
  • revamped and repainted outdoor set, outdoor furniture, painted furniture
Sand the paint and rust off using metal appropriate sandpaper. Then applied a rust converter using a bristle brush. Once that had been allowed to do its work - takes 24 hours, I had a better surface for painting.
  • revamped and repainted outdoor set, outdoor furniture, painted furniture
I used Feronite for the rust converter and then painted again with the brush, a coat of Killrust Heavy Duty Primer for metal surfaces.
  • revamped and repainted outdoor set, outdoor furniture, painted furniture
This stuff dries to a khaki green colour. A day later, I used a satin white enamel indoor/outdoor spray paint. It took 4 tins at about $8 per tin to get the coverage required.
  • revamped and repainted outdoor set, outdoor furniture, painted furniture
To protect the joints from gumming up with paint and seizing up (remember this set folds flat for storage) I sprayed the joints with WD40 oil prior to painting.

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  • Kelci Cell
    Kelci Cell San Diego, CA
    on Jan 11, 2015

    I've been wanting to re-finish our patio furniture also. You did a great job with yours. But I need to use non-toxic products. Does anyone know what to use for rust and prime and paint on metal that's non-toxic?

    • Kelly B
      Kelly B Dover, DE
      on Jan 13, 2015

      @Kelci Cell If you find out about those non-toxic products, PLEASE post the names. If I am lucky enought to find out I will post..

  • Kelci Cell
    Kelci Cell San Diego, CA
    on Jan 11, 2015

    Thanks for your quick reply, Carole. You're in Australia, huh? Isn't the internet wonderful, connecting us across the globe? I'll keep looking. But it is getting to the point where I'll probably just do as you suggest.

    • Carole
      Carole Australia
      on Jan 12, 2015

      @Kelci Cell Good luck in your search. Please protect your respiratory system at all costs. A good mask with filter will keep most of it out. If it does not fit comfortably it is relatively easy to hold the mask in place with one hand, whilst painting with the other. Good ventilation is very important and if you have allergies take an anti-histamine about an hour before you start painting. I found the brush on rust converter smelled less than the spray paint I used as the top coat and of course by applying with a brush, you don't inhale the actual paint/converter.

  • Kelci Cell
    Kelci Cell San Diego, CA
    on Jan 12, 2015

    I love that you write "whilst"! Thank you for the warnings about the respiratory system. I'll definitely work outdoors. And take the anti-histamine; wouldn't have thought of that. Nor would I have thought about the heavier-duty mask. So thanks for saving me some pains!

    • Carole
      Carole Australia
      on Jan 12, 2015

      @Kelci Cell I suffer from allergies and used to have immunotherapy (monthly injections like vaccines). Seemed to be allergic to almost everything including some perfumes and fumes and smells. A lot better these days, but did find my nose very itchy after breathing in chemicals till I realised, doh - put the darn mask on! Dust mask totally insufficient for dealing with toxic fumes. Need to bring out the big guns! Should find these in good hardware stores. Good luck!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jan 12, 2015

    Great job!

  • Kelly B
    Kelly B Dover, DE
    on Jan 13, 2015

    The finsihed project is gorgeous. Fabulous work!!

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