Q - We enjoy our deck, but the metal deck furniture looks a little on the ragged side. I would prefer not to spend the money on new, how can I make it look good again?
Alan in Dunwoody
A - Fortunately, refinishing your metal deck/patio furniture is easier than you think, and it will make a world of difference when it comes to enjoying your backyard.
Here is the play by play on making your metal furniture look spiffy again:
- Remove all the rubber tips from the legs and cushions.
- Wash and rinse the furniture thoroughly using a mild detergent.
- With a wire brush, scrape off all the rust and the loose flakes of paint. If you have places with paint 'bubbling' up on the furniture use a screwdriver to remove the bump then wire brush it clean.
- Once you are done with the scraping, use a commercial rust remover to remove all the rust.
Now the fun part.
Paint or spray the furniture with the rust-resistant paint. If the furniture is really corroded you may want to use a rust-resistant primer first. Note - you don't have to use black. What were once 4 black chairs and 2 black end tables on my deck are now 2 red chairs, 2 yellow chairs, and two tables with a color that is in the blue family, I think.
Now just let it dry – up to 24 hours for each coat depending on weather and paint instructions. Then replace rubber tips and cushions and bingo – new patio/deck furniture.
If you take the time to do proper preparation, your job may well last a couple three years. And at 105 hamburgers and hot dogs per year per person, that is a lot backyard enjoyment!