How to Revive Rusted Iron Furniture

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Whether it's cast or wrought, iron ranks among the most popular materials for outdoor furniture. It does have one major flaw, though: If you're not careful, it can rust. With this method, you can make your furniture look like new again.

Things You'll Need

  • Kerosene
  • Car Wax
  • Soft Cloth
  • Absorbent Towel
  • Fine-grade Steel Wool (No. 000 Or 0000)
  • Rust-inhibiting Primer
  • Rust-resistant Spray Paint
  • Fine-grit Sandpaper
  • Rub the rusted sections with kerosene, and scour with fine-grade steel wool until you reach bare metal. For persistent spots, reapply the kerosene and leave it on long enough to loosen the rust.

  • Sand the edges of the bare spots to make a smooth transition between them and the surrounding painted sections.

  • Rinse the piece to remove all dust, and wipe it with an absorbent towel. Let the piece sit until it's thoroughly dry.

  • Spray with a rust-inhibiting primer, according to the product's instructions. Follow with a rust-resistant spray paint.

  • Allow the paint to dry for a day or two. Then, using a soft cloth, rub the piece of furniture with car wax.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once a year, wipe down iron with white vinegar (no need to rinse) and follow with a coat of car wax.

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