How to Refine a Vintage Metal Glider

Old metal courtyard furniture is usually repainted more than once, and will need to be rebuilt if you do not like the original look of the country. This is a great project for self-employed people who want to save money and take pleasure in taking old things and giving them a new look.

If you’ve never restored a vintage porch glider, this is really fun. I’ll tell you some things I tried and didn’t like and some things that work for me.

This is my claim: this is information about how I rebuilt a courtyard glider. You are responsible for your own safety. Wear safety equipment.

All the old paint should come on the metal for the best looking vintage glider. At first I tried the paint stripper, but it just puts the paint in the gums and makes a big mess so I quickly moved on to something else. For starters I use a four inch grinder with coarse sandpaper. You go all over the glider but be careful not to put too much pressure on the grinder, especially the lower part of the seat where your feet rest. This is the first place to get rust on these old gliders and if you are not careful you will dig a hole in it.

Coarse sandpaper covers most of the paint, but in design corners, such as pie crust designs, there is some paint left that needs to be removed. They make a sanding wheel that looks like a flat brilo pad that fits over a 4 “sander and works well to remove paint in the corners.

After removing all the paint, wipe the dust off the glider with a little bit of mineral.

Now you are ready to paint your glider. I like to paint gliders which I am working on two tones. I will get about 10 spray cans of gray primer, about 10 cans of colored spray paint, about 5 cans of white and about 4 spray cans of clean paint, and some rolls of masking tape.

I first paint the glider with primer on all sides and let it dry for about an hour, then I mask the white areas of the bench, and then spray paint. As soon as I get through the painting I remove the masking tape (if the paint had dried when the tape was removed then the paint may be chipped).

After the colored paint dries, I widen the colored paint so that there is no white over spray on the colored paint. As soon as I finish with white paint I remove the masking tape and spray on a clean coat. I usually wear a clear coat of about three coats for that deep look.

Well that’s it! After a few hours you have a nice piece of door furniture.

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