How to repair wrought iron chairs and outdoor furniture

Written by lacey roop
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Wrought-iron furniture adds an old-fashioned flair to any outdoor space. Iron furniture is very susceptible to rust, and your furniture can become damaged as a result. However, repairing your wrought-iron furniture is easier than you may think. With some hard work and a few inexpensive items, your furniture can look like it did the day you purchased it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sandpaper
  • Chemical rust remover
  • Rust-resistant primer
  • Paint made for metallic surfaces
  • 2 paintbrushes

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    Remove all paint and rust using either sandpaper or a chemical remover. Both items are available at hardware and home improvement stores. For severely rusted wrought iron, a chemical remover is best. When you are finished, you want to be able to see the silver iron underneath.

  2. 2

    Wash the wrought-iron furniture thoroughly to remove any excess paint, rust or sandpaper debris. Allow the furniture to dry completely.

  3. 3

    Spray or paint on a rust-resistant primer that is made especially for metal surfaces. Again, these primers are available at hardware and home improvement stores. This will protect your furniture from future rust.

  4. 4

    Paint the wrought-iron furniture with paint made especially for metal surfaces. Do not use house paint, as it will peel very easily on metal surfaces.

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