to repaint metal chairs
If you have metal
patio furniture or even metal chairs in your house, you can
repaint them easily to make them look like new. But be forewarmed,
you will need to strip the old paint first, or else the chair
will only look marginally better. Be sure to work in a well
ventilated area or work outside on a nice day.
First, use paint
stripper and apply to the metal with a clean brush, applying
the stripper in one direction (not brushing back and forth).
Follow the instructions on the paint stripper for how long
the product needs to sit on the metal. Remove any bumps and
bubbles with a paint scraper.
Next, wash the
chair using mild dishwashing soap and water. Rinse.
Using steel wool
(available in hardware stores, too) you will need to scrape
away any leftover paint, paying close attention to crevices
and joins in the metal.
Next, use a paint
primer on the chair, one especially made to prevent rust.
This will help prevent your chair from getting rusty when
used outdoors. Allow to dry following the directions.
Now paint with
your regular paint, again designed for metal and for use outdoors
(usually called exterior paint). Allow to dry and apply second
coat as needed.
If you are unsure
which primer and top coat to use, consult the paint department
of your local hardware store when you purchase the paint.