If you own elegant looking wrought iron furniture, you must be aware about its repairing in order to preserve your prized possession for a longer period. Here are some basic instructions for repairing your iron furniture piece.
Wrought iron furniture is not only durable, but also looks very elegant. It has been popular for many years. Earlier, the furniture was the sign of prosperity, and only elite could afford it.
Now, it is available in all price ranges, and its popularity is increasing, not only because of its affordability, but due to various decorating styles incorporated in its making.
Wrought iron is made directly by the blacksmith, and it literally means worked iron. Another type of iron is cast iron, which is made by casting the molten metal into molds.
Wall decor items as well as furniture pieces made out of wrought iron are very commonly seen today. The furniture of this variety is more decorative and classy than that made from cast iron.
Wrought iron furniture gives your patio or garden a unique look. However, if not properly taken care of, wrought iron can rust, wear out, and look damaged. It might start looking very unattractive.
Wondering how to repair the furniture? Don't worry. Thankfully, the repair is simple. Just a few products are enough for this. You can do the repair on your own with a few simple steps given here.
Step by Step Instructions
A drill with wire brush attachment
Start with the wire brush. Sweep the surfaces of the furniture with this brush. This must remove all the loose and flaking paint on the surface and in the crevices. You can use smaller wire brush for the corners and crevices.
Using sandpaper, smooth the rough edges. Also, use it to clean the rust where the paint has already flaked off. No need to remove the paint, which is still adhered securely.
For cleaning the furniture, use a rag and paint thinner. Wet the rags with paint thinner, and clean the surface. Change the rags often while cleaning. Remove the dust and dirt properly, and allow it to dry. Wipe all the surfaces again with a rag.
Next, apply the rust inhibitor to all the surfaces properly. Make sure you cover all the crevices and carvings. The rust inhibitor is an antioxidant that inhibits the formation of rust. It bonds with the surface, and prevents reappearance of rust.
Now, apply the metal primer by spraying or brushing it on the surfaces. Read the instructions provided on the label and accordingly, allow it to dry for the amount of time mentioned for perfect repair.
Apply paint with bristle brush for the top coat. One coat is usually enough, if you are repainting with the same color. If you are planning to change the color significantly, then apply two coats.
Work slowly and systematically to have best results. Paint one section at a time. Make sure you don't miss any spots, especially while repainting the same color. Let the first coat dry completely before applying the second one.