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Old 11-20-2012, 08:38 PM   #1
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How to prevent/fix rusting outdoor furniture and outdoor fabric fading?


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I have outdoor furniture that is rusting and fading. Its not the best stuff, but its not junk either. Its in full sun most of the time in Florida so you can imagine the problems. Whats the best way to repaint the metal pieces and should I treat the rust first? I think I should try to sand/scratch it off first then spray rustoleum?

I have Rust-Oleum painters touch ultra cover 2x coverage gloss black for indoor outdoor metal, it looks pretty flat. Should I just spray the entire thing then try the crystal clear rust-oleum enamel over it (glossy finish)? Any tips are appreciated.

Is there any stuff to re-color outdoor cushions??? I have been looking around I don't see anything. I'm looking for a tan.

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Please take this the right way....

But the best way to prevent fading....remove it from outside. Ultraviolet rays from are pretty brutal on things.

There is no magic solution for cusions....as for paint....repaint.

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Please take this the right way....

But the best way to prevent fading....remove it from outside. Ultraviolet rays from are pretty brutal on things.

There is no magic solution for cusions....as for paint....repaint.
Thanks for the suggestion, I think I will add covers to the
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I was kind of looking for some painting tips, if anyone has some please share. Thanks
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On metal furniture....rub down the metal with steel wool to knock off the rust. Give it a wipe with Acetone....then spray with a good Rustolium rattle can color of your choice.

You just going to have to repeat that process every few years.

Your other options involve powder coating (expensive) or using an oil based enamel.....which you would need a spayer (and compressor) to apply. You could brush it on...but it would look brushed on.
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If you're using Rust-Oleum, instead of the Painter's-Touch series, move up to the Hard Hat series (Also by Rust-Oleum). It provides a tougher finish, comes in a larger can and is slightly more expensive. Instead of steel wool, I would also recommend sandpaper to etch the gloss and remove the rust. Buy a can of the Hard-Hat spray primer to prime the corners and any exposed metal surface. Apply two or three thin coats of finish. Thick coats will run and cause problems.

You will not gain an advantage by applying a clear topcoat. UV rays go through it and create a tremendous amount of heat between the finish and clear, causing cracking and crystalizing of the clear. It's the same effect you get when you leave the windows shut on your car when you park it out in the sun.

Patio stores sell replacement cushions. If you have a covered patio, keeping them in the shade will prolong their live. If you don't, replace as needed. (Maybe a slip-cover may come in handy?)
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As suggested, you should brush off any rust you can. I would hit rusted areas with something like Naval Jelly to get all the rust you possibly can. Then spray with a rust inhibiting primer. Finish with nice, even, multiple coats of gloss black finish if that is the look you want. Don't try to cover in one or two.

Clear coating will serve you no purpose.

As for the cushions? If the covers are removable, you can try re-dying them. Good old Ritz from the grocery or hardware store or more concetrated options from your local art store would be worth a try. Make sure to set the dye per the instructions. Sometimes this just involves rinsing in cold salt water.

They also sell fabric dyes in rattle cans for automobile and boat restoration projects. They are intendend for upholstered seats, rugs, trunk liners etc. They are rather expensive compared to the liquid dyes but might be worth a shot?

Any dye and fabric left in the sun is going to fade. Obviously lighter colors will by nature reflect more UV rays but will still be vulnerable. You can probably find a UV protecterant spray but it will only buy you a small amount of time for cushions out in the sun all the time.

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Thanks. I also accidentally have a circle of nice tan seal dyed on one of my seats which makes it look like the original color because I accidentally left a bucket of deck sealer on the chair. It looks nice, I may try to use it on the chairs. Can't feel the difference.

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