Saturday, July 13, 2019

Ready for Paint

I spent two very long days stripping paint off the vintage white patio set.
As usual, I was pretty obsessive about the prep work. I watched several Youtube videos about prepping outdoor furniture for painting and most of those folks just took a quick wire brush to flaky paint before their repainting, but I'm way too picky for that. When I bought this set, I could actually see outlines of old paint below the top coat. I would not have been happy with that long term. I'd rather do it right the first time. Besides I'm not someone who needs to change the color of my patio set every season.

It was kind of nice to find a use for the leftover paint stripping supplies. We still have two opened containers of KleanStrip and Jasco and had quite a few wire brushes that had been useless on the wood, but they were perfect for the metal.
Waiting for the paint stripper chemical to do its work.
It is funny to look at the photos of the set. To my eye, the bright metal color almost makes it look like it's still white, but I can assure you, I stripped the decorative parts down to bare metal.
I'm actually a little perplexed about the metal. When I first found the bright silvery metal, I thought the set was aluminum, but it's magnetic. I've never seen iron sets that are silver like this. It glimmers very pretty in the sun.
Now, I'm actually wondering if it's galvanized iron but I doubt I'll ever know.
Anyway, after a quick wash, the set will be ready for priming and painting. Now I just need to figure out where I can do it and not get overspray all over the house.


  1. I stripped and ground off a lot of old paint from a wrought iron handrail that's probably the same age as your patio furniture, and it originally had a 2-toned black and metallic silver paint scheme. You can see a bit of that in this photo of my dad trying to get the last bits off. The silver paint was almost indestructible. I used caustic and solvent based paint strippers and my dad brought over this teeny little wire brush wheel that goes on the drill and is really aggressive and got most but not all of it.

    1. If it's actually paint, that's OK, because it's a nice, smooth surface. I just didn't want irregular flaked paint below my top coat.