Metal surfaces are susceptible to cold temperatures. In frigid conditions, metal furniture left outside will experience contraction and expansion, resulting in the removal of the protective coating meant to prevent the development of rust.
Knowing how to care for your furniture in the winter can be simple as moving the furniture indoors where the atmospheric conditions are controlled. If you cannot bring the furniture indoors, you can cover the furniture with a waterproof cover or tarp.
Proper care and maintenance will ensure that you can enjoy your furniture come spring and years to come.
The tips provided below are meant to guide you on protecting your furniture and fixing any issues that might have arisen when you have noticed damage from the cold winter temps.
Can you leave metal patio furniture outside in winter?
The decision to leave your outdoor metal furniture outside in frigid condition is determined by the indoor space available to store your furniture and the material used to manufacture the furniture.
During the cold seasons, the temperatures can affect the material strength and bonds of the metal surface. The two most common types of metal furniture are aluminum and steel.
Aluminium is well known for being rust-proof. The lightweight natural is suitable for making outdoor metal tables and chairs. Most aluminum furniture is made from hollow and cast aluminum.
Cast aluminum is the heavier option than lightweight hollow aluminum manufactured furniture. The hollow lightweight aluminum furniture is easier to relocate and move indoors when the winter snow sets in.
The lightweight nature of aluminum furniture can be blown and tossed around with hollowing winter winds and storms. The furniture needs to be secured firmly to prevent the furniture from being damaged when left out on your patio.
Aluminum is rust-proof and can be left outdoors in the winter. The ease of maintenance lets you focus more on caring for your garden plants and flowers. The aluminum material can easily be cleaned and repainted when it’s time to refresh the furniture.
Cast aluminum is cast with a powdered coating that allows for various colors. In the winter, it’s recommended to store the metal furniture indoors or cover the furniture with a waterproof tarp. If the paint on the cast aluminum furniture is scratched, this will expose the powdered coating allowing for the penetration of water that later leads to rusting.
Most cast aluminum furniture comes with seat cushions. The cushions provide a comfortable seating experience while using the furniture. Ensure to store the pillows in the winter, as the cold snow adversely affects the cushions. The snow-covered cushions lose their elasticity and comfort when the snow has melted.
How do you winterize outdoor metal furniture?
Extreme temperatures tend to affect the structure adversely of outdoor metal furniture. Each climatic conditions have its way of damaging the metal structure differently. The sustainability of
Consider covering up your metal furniture in the winter, as the surface tends to collect snow and water. It would be best to consider securing the outside furniture depending on the weight and indoor space availability. A waterproof tarp can cover up the outdoor metal furniture to allow easy snow removal and fading of the metal surface.
For metal furniture that can be relocated indoors or garage, moving the furniture can be the better option. You don’t have to walk outside in the deep snow or cold weather to check on your furniture. The indoor area conditions can be controlled, reducing the possibility of adversely affecting your metal furniture.
How do you repair metal furniture damaged by snow?
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.