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How to Restore Metal Garden Furniture

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Metal restoration is the type of DIY job that will give you a great sense of satisfaction when completed properly, and our easy to follow expert guide will help you do so.

Step 1

Prepare Area & Strip Paint

Prepare Area & Strip Paint

It is vital to wear protective gloves and goggles while working with rusty paint or chemicals. Before starting, place a tarpaulin or laminated dustsheet on the floor or ground to protect it. Using a wire brush, brush off as much of the original paint and rust as possible. Then refer to our guide “How to Strip Paint” for instructions on how to remove the remaining paint.

Step 2

Remove Timber

Remove Timber

Use an adjustable wrench to unbolt and remove the seating timber. New timber seat sections will have to be fabricated to replace any damaged or rotten ones.

Step 3

Apply Primer

Apply Primer

Brush on an oxide primer for exterior metal and allow to dry thoroughly.

Step 4

Apply Paint

Apply Paint

Depending on the paint chosen, 2-3 coats of paint should be applied to ensure proper coverage and protection from the elements. Refer to the instructions on your chosen paint for re-coating times.

Step 5

Prepare New Seating Boards

Prepare New Seating Boards

Using the old pieces of removed seating timber as templates, cut and shape the new boards to measure.

Step 6

Bolt New Seating Boards

Bolt New Seating Boards

Drill and bolt the new boards firmly into place using dome headed galvanized or stainless steel bolts. The boards used in this picture are teak and will only require occasional oiling to remain weatherproof.