Asked on Dec 30, 2015

Pitted outdoor furniture...any ideas?

by Nancy
I bought expensive outdoor furniture that is now pitted. See photos.
It seems to be pitted the worst around the bottom area where it sets on the floor.
It seems to bubble up and peel off. Any ideas?
This patio set is only 3 years old. The metal coating seems to flake up and bubble off. Mostly around the bottom area of the furniture. I hate to trash it but it looks ugly! Any ideas?
This rocker is the worst. Help!
  26 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 30, 2015
    It appears by the photos that they were not correctly sealed for moisture.When did you purchase the furniture?
  • Leahannh Leahannh on Dec 30, 2015
    check warranty information for sure. next step... some sort of filler and outdoor furniture spray paint may fix it up
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 30, 2015
    A little extra comment I would not attempt to fix the furniture until you research the warranty. I just went through the same thing with bedroom furniture. Contact the manufacturer asap as I did not realize my warranty was up and now I am out of luck.
  • Pjakin61 Pjakin61 on Dec 30, 2015
    sand lightly, paint a medium beige (if you like the look) and then wax with Briwax in dark brown. Make sure paint is a good quality for metal and outdoors. If you want to change the look, there are many good textured spray paints on the market....good luck
    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 30, 2015
      Have you ever tried this kind of repair? At this point, I am not too worried about getting the correct color, the furniture looks horrible. Just wondering if you had attempted this. Thanks!
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Dec 30, 2015
    Have they been exposed to salt? I live Minnesota and sometimes the winter salt used can affect metal and plastic.
  • Nancy Nancy on Dec 30, 2015
    The furniture is NOT under any kind of warranty. We live in Florida and this is outdoor furniture next to a salt-water pool so, yes to salt! Has anyone ever experienced this and tried to repair this? If so how?
    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 30, 2015
      @Nancy I cannot say I have expierenced your situation, however I still recommend calling the manufacturer on the proper repair. Everyone can second guess but you are the only one that knows your product. I for one would love to help but do not want to give you bad advise.
  • Pjakin61 Pjakin61 on Dec 30, 2015
    We have painted ours twice motto is "try it first, then if not right call a professional.......what have you got to lose". I would rather do things myself and feel invested in them than have someone else do it.....good luck
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    • Pjakin61 Pjakin61 on Jan 03, 2016
      @Nancy the briwax will protect it from the weather......I used a drybrush method to mimic the faux wood look.......
  • Sue c. Sue c. on Dec 30, 2015
    Aluminum items, even painted ones DO NOT do well where there is salt spray or fog. Why not try an auto paint shop for a salt resistant repaint? Find one that will do the job but you do the sanding. They can use Bondo and then paint a hard finish on all surfaces. This worked for me with deck chairs on a boat. Just call several shops to get reasonable people and price. This is definitely do-able.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Dec 30, 2015
    I've used Rustoleum and Krylon paints to freshen up my planters and outdoor furniture many times. It has saved me a lot of money to be able to spray paint and not have to replace expensive items like patio sets. Double check the recommendations on the websites for either of these types of paint and give it a try. Unfortunately even big ticket items seem to not last like they used to. Darn that salt water!
    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 30, 2015
      Thank you, I will give it a try. Yep, Florida is tough on anything outdoors.
  • Nancy Nancy on Dec 30, 2015
    Thank you Janet, I appreciate your thoughts.
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Dec 30, 2015
    Sue is absolutely right.the salt water is really hard on outdoor furniture.I have not tried bondo,I think if you use some steel wool to remove the popped paint,you just need to spray it with some hand rubbed bronze spray paint.Do two light coats,instead of one heavy may want to wait until the spring,if you decide to wait,I would cover the bottom of the chair so it doesn't get worse,until you decide to do it.
  • Lynn Couch Lynn Couch on Dec 31, 2015
    Sand blast it & paint it with a good out door paint...
  • Lhansen2 Lhansen2 on Dec 31, 2015
    Rustoleum has spray paint called "Hammered Metal" that comes in several different colors (I bought at Home Depot). I used it on outdoor patio furniture that had significant pitted rust spots and it worked like a charm.
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    • Lhansen2 Lhansen2 on Jan 02, 2016
      I just used a steel brush and knocked off the big parts or the worst areas I didn't sand and it does adhere just fine. I do live near salt water and they've still held up just fine going on five years now
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Dec 31, 2015
    Bondo to fill, krylon to paint or any metal touch up paint,(look in auto supply). You really don't need to fill. No one will notice and paint will cover. I personally would use a small brush and a small jar of touch up paint for auto, metal friendly. You will need to save your money for recovering the cushions. They look like they need recovering bad soon and there is no short cut to that. You will get what you pay for.
  • BJH51 BJH51 on Jan 01, 2016
    I have tried the bondo and it works great!
    • Nancy Nancy on Jan 01, 2016
      Is Bondo the name of the actual product? Is this made by Rustoleum? Thank you!
  • BJH51 BJH51 on Jan 01, 2016
    go to any auto parts store
  • BJH51 BJH51 on Jan 01, 2016
    it is what they use to repair crumpled metal. I think Walmart has it too.. it is two part mix and then just smear it on and sand when dry. comes out smooth and takes paint well
  • Nancy Nancy on Jan 06, 2016
    Everyone was so helpful! I feel confident that I know what to do and feel comfortable tackling this.
  • Rob Pinion Rob Pinion on Mar 29, 2021

    I know this is old. I have metal chairs. I used a metal brush attached to a drill - got at harbor freight, set for $5 - and sanded down. Holes are in arm of one chair, but two chairs had major paint and rust issues. They were painted maybe 2-3 years ago. Pool is now a salt pool. After sanding, filled holes with Bondo Plastic Metal. Stinks to high heaven, but seems like it will work. Will sand shortly to smooth out and then spray paint entire chairs, two coats, with one of the Rustoleum metal spray paint products. I have some new pads and hope to get 2-3 more years out of the chairs. They are about 7 years old.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 21, 2022

    cONTact Manufacturer and ask what they suggest

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 05, 2022

    Did you seal this before putting it outside? Is this furniture made to beused outside?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 25, 2023

    Maybe that area gets the heat of the day. Complain to manufacturer or supplier or maybe re paint using a 10yr paint.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Aug 25, 2023

    You will need to restain the areas that are showing, than I would use an outdoor epoxy sealant to help in the future.

  • Janice Janice on Dec 13, 2023

    I would send pictures to the manufacturer and express your disappointment in the furniture. Check the warranty time, perhaps it has expired. As others have expressed, you can repair but I'd check in with the company first.

  • I would scrape off anything loose and then sand. Repaint with an outdoor spray paint.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 14, 2023

    From looking at this chair (upholstery), it is not new, You could contact the manufacturer, but will probably not get anywhere. Which leaves you with a project.

    Clean it well and sand the rough areas down. For the actual chair part, use Bondo. For the base use a metal paint, Rustoleum is a good brand. The base looks like some corrosion has occurred and possible damage from shoes.