Introduction

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Refurbishing Patio Chairs

When we found these old chairs, they were rusted, worn and ready for the dumpster. We brought them back to life by scrubbing off the rust, sanding them smooth, then applying new primer and paint. Take a look at how it easy it was.

Step 1

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Prep the Furniture

Place the items on the cardboard or a drop cloth. Inspect the pieces. If there is cracked and peeling paint, use a wire brush before sanding.

Step 2

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Remove Rust

Use a stiff wire brush to vigorously brush the rusted and peeling areas. If there is a concern that lead-based paint was used, wear a mask or respirator.

Step 3

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Sand

After you've knocked off the peeling paint and rust with a wire brush, use a sanding block or sandpaper to smooth remaining rough spots. Be careful to not scratch the bare metal.

Step 4

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Clean and Prime

Use a damp rag to wipe down the furniture. Let dry completely. Apply primer. Keep the spray can 10 to 12 inches away from the furniture and sweep across the surface using a continuous motion and very light coats. Let the primer dry overnight.

Step 5

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Apply Paint

Use a sweeping, continuous motion when spraying on the paint. Apply several very light coats to ensure a professional level of coverage. Let dry an hour between coats, then overnight to cure.

Step 6

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Protective Coat

Optional: Spray the chairs with a final protective coat of spray lacquer for a shiny finish.