Have A Piece Of Metal Outdoor Furniture You Want To Refinish? Should You Strip Paint It Yourself Or Hire Someone?

Posted on: 17 January 2017

If you have an old piece of outdoor furniture in your backyard or garage, such as a table or lounge chairs, you may be thinking about having it refinished. Refinishing the piece can bring it back to life and allow it to be used again. The first step in refinishing a piece of metal furniture is stripping the rust and existing paint off. This gives you a smooth, even surface to repaint. However, you may be unsure if this is something you should do yourself or something you should hire a professional for. Obtaining answers to the questions you may have will help you make an educated decision about stripping paint from an old piece of metal furniture.

What Are the Steps Involved in Stripping Paint From Metal?

Prior to stripping paint from metal, the metal should be cleaned to remove dirt, dust, and other elements. This can be done with a wire scrubbing brush and soapy water. After that a paint stripping solution will need to be painted on the metal and allowed to sit. The stripping solution will work into the paint, causing it to lift. After the time recommended by the stripping solution's manufacturer, you will want to strip the paint away. This can be done by scraping the paint away with a putty knife and/or using a wire scrubbing brush to brush away paint flakes. The process should be repeated until all of the paint is removed.

Is This Something the Average Do-It-Yourselfer Can Do?

The average do-it-yourselfer can strip paint from outdoor metal furniture. However, it can be a time consuming and tedious project. You have to ensure all of the paint is removed from the metal or your new paint job will not be even. You also have to be extremely careful when you scrape paint away as to not gouge, scrape, or damage the metal or the metal surface you are repainting may not be smooth. Lastly, paint stripper has a strong chemical smell to it. Those who have breathing conditions, such as asthma, or who are sensitive to chemicals may not want to take on this project themselves.

When Should You Consider Hiring Someone to Strip Paint for You?

While the average person can strip paint from outdoor metal furniture themselves in order to prepare it for refinishing, some people can benefit from hiring  a company to do the work for them. If your piece of outdoor furniture is antique, is an heirloom piece, or has significant sentimental value to you, you may want to leave the project in the hands of a professional. This ensures you do not cause any damage to the piece unintentionally.

Before a piece of outdoor metal furniture can be refinished, the existing paint has to be stripped away. Learning more about this process will help you decide whether you should take on this task yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.