Iron Table/Bench Restoration

While we generally focuses on large scale projects, we take great pride in our attention to all of our customers requests, no matter how large or small. Many of our customers have grown to love HBS Painting for its ability to be their “go-to-guys” whenever they have difficult projects or needs. While we are a painting contractor by trade, we are more importantly client pleasers first and foremost.

When one of our showed us their iron table and bench set that sits in their backyard, they thought it had little hope of survival. The table sat in an area of the backyard that had sprinklers hitting the iron set daily causing a great deal of rust and erosion to the iron piece. Although we did not see a solution that would “fix” the table, we knew we could restore the bench table and benches very respectably.

Materials Used:

  • 300 Grit Sandpaper
  • 100 Grit Sandpaper
  • Power Drill with wire wheel
  • Advanced Repair Technologies- Flex-Tech HV Epoxy
  • Rust Bullet Primer
  • Benjamin Moore Low Lustre Metal & Wood Enamel
  • Vista Paint- Duratone

When we first looked at the table and benches, it was apparent where the water had been spraying the set as one side was far more deteriorated than the opposite. This is what the bench looked like when we started:

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The first step in the restoration process was to clean the bench as best as possible without causing excessive damage to the fragile areas. We used a power drill with a wire wheel on the end and power brushed the lose pieces and rusted parts off. We had to ensure we were careful because portions of the bench were very fragile, but with some patients and attention to detail, the bench was soon prepped and ready for primer.

We used a specialized form of primer for this application called Rust Bullet. Rust Bullet is a revolutionary compound that we have used several times in similar applications for rust protection. You can find more information on the product at the website.

This is what the bench looked like after the wire wheel and primer:

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Once the primer had dried sufficiently, we utilized an epoxy called Flex-Tech HV from Advanced Repair Technologies . Flex-Tech HV is an epoxy system designed exactly for this application. Here is a few shots of the epoxy drying:

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We allowed the epoxy system sufficient time to dry and left it overnight. One note to keep in mind: once it dries, its hard! Be careful when applying the epoxy not to overload the area of repair because this will create a substantial amount of additional work when sanding. After the first sanding, we sprayed the set and realized once the darker color was applied, the remaining imperfections were still too rough for the look the client wanted, so we reapplied a second coat of the epoxy and filled and remaining gaps and imperfections as you can see below.

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After the imperfections were complete and the bench was restored to almost original aesthetic shape, it was time for theBenjamin Moore Low Lustre Metal & Wood Enamel . We tinted our enamel to a dark grey in an effort to keep the customers bench as close to original as possible.

After two coats of enamel, we tinted the Vista Duratone and made a glaze that we applied to create a modeled translucent haze effect on the set.

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The entire project took our technician about 20.5 hours from start to finish and $135.00 in materials. It is important to remember however, although we took preventative steps in an effort to prevent future rusting, if the iron bench continues to sit in the same location in the yard and get wet daily, there is no stopping rust. At the end of the day the customer was ecstatic their table was back into shape and looking new again!