Any recommendations on repairing an antique metal glider?

Jamie Whitten
by Jamie Whitten
I have an antique metal glider that has been in our family for generations - in fact, my husband asked me to marry him as we sat on that glider over 25 years ago! It is near and dear to my heart. Last summer, someone sat on it and the glider portion collapsed. I''m looking for someone in Michigan who can help me repair it. Any suggestions? P.S. The glider part hasn't glided in years.
  6 answers
  • Barbara Barbara on Apr 11, 2014
    My daughter and son-in-law completely repaired an old glider to "new" by doing a great deal of sanding and repairing any broken parts and then painting with a rustoleum spray paint. It's absolutely beautiful! Good luck!
  • Esther Esther on Apr 11, 2014
    There is a company called Torran that makes new parts for these chairs and gliders. I found them online.
  • Vycky Snypes Vycky Snypes on Apr 11, 2014
    Theres a product my husband swears by called marvels mystery oil, that will help loosen up the glide portion of your project. I've gotten it at dollar general for about 5 bucks. theres also a rust remover bath out, that's considerably more expensive, but works. Unfortunately I can't remember the name, but i ordered it online.
  • Jennifer G Jennifer G on Apr 13, 2014
    Naval Jelly worked great getting the rust off some antique scissors of my mother's. I bought it at my local mom & pop Hardware store. Use it with caution and read the directions, but it should get the glider gliding again. You can try some local welders or furniture restoration people to see if anyone can fix or replace the busted parts. Another resource is to look up local bead/sand blasters to remove all the old rust and paint on the piece. It's the first step to restoration. Depending on it's condition, all the old stuff needs to come off before painting it again. Good Luck and post photos of your progress! :)
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Apr 13, 2014
    What a sweet story! We want to see before and after photos!
  • Jamie Whitten Jamie Whitten on Apr 18, 2014
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas. I am actually looking for someone in Michigan who can repair the metal part that broke in two when someone sat on it. The rest of it is in great condition.