METAL FURNITURE --- WROUGHT IRON OBJECTS
So you have a rusty object (metal furniture or wrought iron
) and you’re wondering if you should use a rust remover or a
rust converter. And then paint it some stylish color.
The ANSWER is YES!
There's a big difference BETWEEN RUST REMOVER and RUST
CONVERTER. In the end it comes down to the rusty object or
surface… both what it is and the intended appearance or
function you're after.
With so many products on
the market, it can be difficult to assess which rust
solution is best for your needs. Here are a few points to
consider when deciding which is right for your
ARE YOU CERTAIN YOU WANT
TO REJUVENATE IT? SOME VINTAGE STUFF IS FINE LEFT GROTTY
Rust Removers will... strip
rust from metal using a concentrated acid formulation.
Most are extremely corrosive and hazardous. The rust
removal can be pretty time consuming as the acid takes a
while to be eaten away. There are a few on the market
that claim to be non-toxic so be sure to look for those.
soaking of rusty items in the solution. For larger or
stationary objects, you'll need to coat the surface
with the rust remover then cover with plastic to
prevent evaporation. Often times, multiple treatments
are required and care must be taken to avoid
unnecessarily overexposing the surface to the rust
remover as the harsh chemicals will cause pitting in
the metal. Once rust is removed the item is rinsed.
Some removers include a feature to prevent flash
rusting which can occur to exposed bare metal.
BEST USE: If
you're looking to resurface metal and require that the
end result be exposed rust-free bare metal, then a
rust remover is better suited for the task. Think
rusty screw driver or the inside of a gasoline tank...
items that you would NOT want to coat with paint but
rather restore to a pure metal state.
convert rust into non-rust using naturally occurring
plant-based acids. Rust converters chemically react
with rust transforming it to an inert and paintable
black substance. Most are water based and non-toxic.
Rust is essentially removed as a surface problem and
you'll be able to coat with water-based or
TAKE THE OBJECT, SET ON TARPS. Apply rust remover
easily like paint and the reaction is fast and long lasting
saving time and money. Many rust converters also act as a
metal primer and a few claim they are vapor barriers that
prevent further corrosion. Most topcoats are compatible
including high performance coatings required for a wide
range of industrial, construction, OEM, automotive
restoration and marine application.
BEST USE: If
you will eventually paint the object, like a storage tank,
automotive body part or fence railing, you’ll want to use a
rust converter. Even better is to use a rust converter and
primer in one - that way you only have to apply one coat.
There are also non-chemical options for rust removal that
include sandblasting or grinding. Sometimes people have a
need for combining sandblasting AND use of chemicals (i.e.
using rust removers or rust converters).
finish ornate objects, such as belt buckles, tools and
architectural hardware, and surface areas such as the inside
of holding tanks tend to be sandblasted or treated with a
Whereas large (boats,
storage tanks) and stationary (bridges, fences) objects are
either coated with a rust converter or sandblasted then
painted. Auto body parts, including frames and chassis, are
also coated with a rust converter before painting.
Keep in mind, these types
of sandblasting processes are costly, labor intensive, not
environmentally friendly and require equipment. That said,
the result is a smooth exposed metal surface so if that's
what you're after, these options might be for you.
In summary, rust removers
and rust converters both serve a valuable purpose. It all
comes down to the type of rusted object or surface you want
to restore and your ultimate goals for restoring it.
THEN TO PAINT THE
FINISHED OBJECT get your metal rust proof paint. SEAL it.
For garden objects, VERDIGRIS metal paint.
RUSTED METAL FURNITURE.
This chair was once PURE RUST!