Getting ready for Spring is tough when you realize you have to buy new patio furniture. While the selections are vast, the majority love iron patio furniture it for it’s weight and durability and the fact that it’s ready to use as soon as you set it out, right?
Most of you are thinking, What? Why? Here’s the truth:
Iron patio furniture is not ready to use just after purchase. Take a closer look. If it’s a satin or gloss finish, you’re ready to party. If it’s a flat matte finish, that’s a primer and it needs your attention. In other words, you need to paint your iron patio furniture in order to prevent corrosion or rusting of the new pieces once they are exposed to the elements. Doing this now will save you from ugly little orange rust spots on your patio floor and keep you from having to replace your furniture much sooner than you expected.
When you decide what color you want the iron patio furniture to be, make sure you understand the following: darker colors won’t need as much paint as lighter ones. Going from black to white requires much more cans of paint than if you were going from black to cobalt blue.
After you prep the area for spray-off, make sure you apply color to all sides of the furniture and I’m not talking about the front, top and sides. I mean turn it over and get the bottom, the back, and especially beneath the legs while paying special attention to the tips of the legs. This last point is the most overlooked area and if you are familiar with iron patio furniture, you’ve probably noticed that the legs are where you see the rust spots. On your patio. Wherever you’ve dragged the chair and left it for a period of time.
But why not the rest of the furniture?
Because you’ve scraped off the protective coating at the bottom of the legs every time you’ve moved the chair. So, spray the tips and purchase plastic insert cups that actually fit the furniture you have.
This tiny investment will keep you from damaging the finish, leaving rust spots on your patio and instead wear the insert cups. All you have to do is remember to check and replace them as needed. You should also remember to touch up your furniture every so often to keep it looking it’s best.
Remember, friends, a little bit of maintenance goes a very long way when it comes to outdoor living spaces!
Now, go! Find some iron furniture to spray and protect before Spring begins!
Here are a few great ideas for DIYers and Thrifty Shoppers to get creative with the painted iron or wicker furniture: