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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.

Got a question about this project?

  • Jan
    Jan Sanford, FL

    Sounds like a lot of work and money---but results look great---and I am sure much less than buying a new set---I even liked the moss green---very cool that they fold---don't see that every day. I will keep your post so when I get ready paint mine I

    • Carole
      Carole Australia

      @Jan If you hand paint or use a spray gun and paint instead of tins of spray paint, it would work out cheaper to make over. Mine took 4 tins of spray paint and now I am touching up a couple of areas before it gets delivered that makes 5 tins. I

  • Rosemir Fadel

    Traduziu bem, só não sei se há o produto aí.

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie Lebanon, MO

    Thanks for the reply Carole! It really is a small world.... :)

  • Lindy Hall
    Lindy Hall Houston, TX

    Doesn't everyone have some furniture or decor item that's a bit rusty? I sure do. Thank you so much for stating which products you used I'll be buying them, for sure.
    I LOVE that FOLDING patio set (mine does not fold)... I'll be watching for some

  • Angel Kent
    Angel Kent Murfreesboro, TN

    I took steel wool and smoothed the rust off then used Rustoleum spray paint that had primer in it. Made it a breeze. Only exception, I used flat black.

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