Restoring old metal chair - need help pls

dinabearMay 2, 2005

I bought an old metal garden chair at the Thrift store this weekend for $5.00. I am wanting to restore and paint it since it has a lot of rust. I have tried sanding the rust off and it is not working too well. What else can I try or do I need to strip the whole thing and repaint ?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks !


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I just read somewhere that white vinegar dissolves rust, but don't leave it on there too long because it can dissolve the metal too. ~Anj

    Bookmark   May 2, 2005 at 8:25PM
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Try finding someone to sandblast it if it's badly rusted otherwise there are some paints that you can use which inhibit rust....check out Rustoleum brand paints.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2005 at 9:09PM
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I always use a product called "Naval Jelly", I think it is usually found in the automotive department. It is thick and pink and you paint it on generously and let it sit for a while according to the directions and then wash it off with soap and water. Be certain you don't put it on and then leave it on for an extended period. After washed, allow to dry thoroughly and then spray a rust-proof primer and paint with spray enamel and it will look gorgeous.

I found a large metal tray like something they would have in a restaurant with a folding stand and it was terrible looking. I got it for 2 bucks at a yardsale and my DH thought I was nuts. But I painted it black enamel and then painted the tray with a black marble effect, stenciled a doily on top of that and then added a single painted pink rose and it is one of my favorite items.

It can be viewed in my Webshots Projects folder if you'd like to see it.
Good Luck,

Here is a link that might be useful: My Projects album

    Bookmark   May 9, 2005 at 7:45PM
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We restored numerous metal seats and a bench by sanding with a wire brush attached to the drill and a wire brush on the angle grinder. This got off all the loose stuff and smoothed down the edges. Be sure to wear goggles. Then we coated it with Rustoleum to stop the rust and top coated it the color we wanted.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2005 at 8:28AM
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crazyoverroses....the link to your pics didn`t work for me!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2005 at 4:28PM
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Her link is pointing to her editing area ... try this one ... It should be the community page.

Here is a link that might be useful: Crazy for Roses Projects Folder

    Bookmark   May 12, 2005 at 11:21PM
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