How to Repair Wrought Iron Chairs and Outdoor Furniture

Wrought-iron furniture adds an old-fashioned flair to any outdoor space. Iron furniture is very susceptible to rust, and your furniture can become damaged as a result. However, repairing your wrought-iron furniture is easier than you may think. With some hard work and a few inexpensive items, your furniture can look like it did the day you purchased it.

Step 1

Remove all paint and rust using either sandpaper or a chemical remover.  Both items are available at hardware and home improvement stores. For severely rusted wrought iron, a chemical remover is best.  When you are finished, you want to be able to see the silver iron underneath.

Step 2

Wash the wrought-iron furniture thoroughly to remove any excess paint, rust or sandpaper debris.  Allow the furniture to dry completely.

Step 3

Spray or paint on a rust-resistant primer that is made especially for metal surfaces.  Again, these primers are available at hardware and home improvement stores. This will protect your furniture from future rust. 

Step 4

Paint the wrought-iron furniture with paint made especially for metal surfaces.  Do not use house paint, as it will peel very easily on metal surfaces.

Things You Will Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Chemical rust remover
  • Rust-resistant primer
  • Paint made for metallic surfaces
  • 2 paintbrushes

About the Author

Lacey Roop's articles have been printed in various print magazines such as "UpCountry" where she was a feature writer for four years. She has written pieces for "Bluegrass Now" where her work graced the cover on two occasions. Lacey has a BA in English and has been writing professionally since 2003.

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