Patio metal furniture comes in different shapes and sizes. Most manufacturers of outdoor metal furniture create their products to withstand the outdoor elements. Metal furniture comes in various materials, each getting affected in its unique way.
When deciding on getting your patio metal furniture, you should consider the space that your furniture will occupy and your budget. Different metal materials can be affected by water. Most manufacturers use metals that are water-repellent. The protective coating determines the ability of your metal surface to repel water on your metal surface and the material used.
Below we will go deeper into understanding how your metal furniture is affected by atmospheric moisture and how your metal furniture reacts to water on its surface. We will also discuss how to inspect and fix your metal surface that water might damage.
Can you leave metal patio furniture outside in the rain?
Light rain is not a detriment to your metal furniture. Outdoor metal furniture is usually manufactured to withstand light rain and windy days. Outdoor metal furniture cast in aluminum is lightweight and highly water-resistant.
Aluminum cast outdoor furniture is the best option when purchasing your next outdoor furniture. If you reside in areas that experience frequent rains, you must store your furniture in your garage or bring them indoors.
Placement of your furniture is also essential when leaving your meal furniture outside.
Adding an artificial shade like a gazebo will protect your furniture from rain on your furniture and limit the exposure to the sun on your metal surface.
How do you waterproof outdoor metal furniture in the winter?
A simple way of preventing the development of rust on outdoor furniture is by storing your metal furniture in the winter and wet seasons. Moisture is an agent that causes rust to develop. By storing the outdoor metal furniture, you can limit the exposure of the metal surface from penetrating and reacting with your patio furniture.
In cold and snowy conditions, the metal furniture can be covered with deep snow that can remove the protective coating from the metallic surface. The contraction and expansion of metal can lead to the chipping of paint.
In the winter, consider covering up your furniture that tends to collect or retain water. The only option for outdoor metal furniture that is too heavy or secured in place is to cover them with a waterproof tarp or cover.
For outdoor furniture that can be relocated, move the art pieces to a dry indoor away from the harsh winter weather. The indoor area conditions can be controlled and lessen the possibility of adversely your patio furniture.
Be careful during the relocation process from damaging or dropping your metal furniture. You don’t want to end up with a more significant problem fixing damages that require extensive repairs. The process of moving your furniture needs to be planned out carefully.
Appropriately protecting your metal furniture depends on the current state of outdoor metal furniture. Early intervention is recommended to prevent rust from damaging the structural integrity of your metal furniture.
How do you repair metal furniture damaged by water?
If your metal patio furniture is already rusty, you must remove the rust before you can protect the furniture from future damage. Properly cleaning your metal surface will allow for the paint to adhere correctly to the surface.
1. Clean the surface: Start by cleaning the furniture with mild detergent and water. These will remove any dirt or debris that may be covering the rust. The metal surface must be free from dirt, rust, and old paint.
2. Sand the surface: Use sandpaper or a wire brush to remove the rust. Start with a coarse grit sandpaper and then move to a finer grit until the rust is completely gone. Clean off the sanded-down rust, dirt, and debris from the metal surface. Clean with a mild detergent if your metal surface has persistent grease and grime.
3. Apply rust remover: Apply a rust remover solution to the surface of the furniture. Follow the instructions on the package carefully, as some solutions require dilution or specific application times.
4. Rinse and dry: Once the rust remover has done its job, thoroughly rinse the furniture with water and finish by drying it with a clean cloth.
Painting the metal surface is one of the simplest and cheapest ways of preventing your metal furniture from degrading from the sun’s harmful rays. The paint provides a protective barrier between the metal surface and the corrosive agents.
The paint barrier prevents the penetration of moisture to the metal surface. The surface needs to be prepped and primed before applying the paint. The paint is aesthetically pleasing and brings the art to life.
The option in the paint depends on your budget and desired finish of the metal surface.
Oil-based paint: Oil-based paint is considered durable and highly resistant to moisture and humidity. Oil-based paint is also referred to as alkyd paint. The color provides a glossy finish and is resistant to staining. The glossy finish makes the surface easy to clean.
Latex Paint: Latex is another option to paint your metal surface. However, compared to oil-based paint, latex has a higher chance of chipping. Before applying the color, the surface needs to be primed to allow for proper paint adhesion.
You can apply rust-resistant primer before applying the latex paint. Typically, the latex takes 15 – 30 minutes to dry completely.
Spray Paint: Spray paint can be both water and oil-based. The application of the paint is different from your regular paint. The application is more straightforward and needs to be done in a well-ventilated room.
I recommend spraying painting your art outside to prevent exposure to toxic fumes that can harm your respiratory system.
Another benefit of spray paint is its ability to use it for hard-to-reach and irregularly shaped surfaces.
Prime and prep the surface before applying the spray paint. This can be achieved by scrapping any excess or old paint from the surface and Sanding down the metal surface to the best of your ability to achieve a clean, dirt-free surface.
It is crucial to consider the furniture’s needs and the environment in which it will be used when selecting a coating. While epoxy paint is water-resistant and can tolerate sunlight and UV rays, powder coating is robust and offered in various colors and textures.
Clear coatings offer protection without changing the way the metal looks. You can prevent corrosion and extend the lifespan of your metal furniture by selecting the correct coating.
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