Friday, October 22, 2010

Update Wrought Iron Patio Table with Paint

Wrought iron outdoor furniture is durable and will last a lifetime however the style and the color of the furniture is dated.  You can update the look of your wrought iron patio table with a fresh coat of paint and it will blend nicely with your outdoor living space.

Years ago I inherited my mother’s 3-piece bistro set.  I was thrilled to have it however the style did not go with my home.  The traditional white color stood out like a sore thumb.

I tried to update the look of the bistro table set with pastel floral seat cushions and a small market umbrella.  The patio set looked better but I still did not like the bright enameled white paint. I decided to paint the wrought iron patio table and chairs enameled black. This color would match my iron fence, gate and other garden accessories. 

 How to paint a wrought Iron Bistro Set

Take the furniture apart by using a screw driver or a drill.  Place the nuts, bolts and screws in a zip lock bag and label the outside of the bag with the contents of the bag. Such as:  hardware for chair or hardware for table.

Clean the wrought-iron furniture with a wire brush.  Pay attention to the ornate scroll work as this is where dirt will accumulate..

Hose off the furniture to remove any excess dirt or debris. For stubborn stains; apply dawn degreaser to a damp sponge and wipe the wrought-iron furniture.  Let the soap set for a few minutes before rinsing with water from the furniture.

Place the iron set on a tarp in a sunny area.  Allow the outdoor furniture to dry.

Sand the set if needed, to remove all chipped paint. You will need a smooth surface for painting. (For the removal of rust see Tips.)

Purchase Rustoleum spray paint in the color of your choice.

Spray the wrought-iron furniture sections with the paint using even strokes.  Paint one section at a time and allow it to dry thoroughly.

Allow the painted furniture to dry before applying a second coat.

If your wrought iron has oxidation on it you will need to remove the rust with a rust remover.  I use naval jelly, it is a rust dissolver.  You treat the rusted wrought iron with the naval jelly instead of sanding.  Follow the directions on the package.

 Rinse the product well and thoroughly dry the wrought iron furniture before painting.
Paint the wrought-iron furniture in an enclosed area, such as your garage.  Open the windows and doors for proper air ventilation.

Spray paint is hazardous to your health, always wear a ventilator mask and protective eye wear when painting and make sure there is good air flow.

1 comment:

Sandy Mertens said...

Nice reading this post.