Styles and Process
With our 17 years of knowledge and experience with metal restoration, we provide the following information to give you a basic understanding of metal types and in our opinion, what we believe to be the right processes needed to restore all of your old metal furniture and metal elements to new. It doesn’t however cover all types and styles as there are many. Whether restoring or recolouring, take advantage of our powder coating system and choose any of our fantastic range of current colours. If you need help or have questions with metal furniture restorations and metal elements please do not hesitate to contact us!

Cast Iron

#21This style of furniture generally consists of molded cast iron panels and parts. Some people confuse cast aluminium and cast iron pieces however cast iron furniture is extremely heavy and can sometimes show signs of rusting. Cast iron pieces can be brittle and can sometimes have cracked and broken parts. These settings should not be disassembled prior to restoration.

Process required for restoration

Sandblasting, zinc shield, E-prime and powder coat colour and finish

Mild steel-Wrought Iron

#22Although manufactured differently, mild steel and wrought iron furniture looks similar, these metals also react the same in all environments therefore restoration methods are the same. Settings you would be familiar with made of mild steel are the French scroll garden settings, Tolix chairs and stools as well as rustic Moroccan style settings. Old age, inferior coatings and inadequate rust protection generally leads to chipping and corrosion and when left untreated, the structure of the setting and aesthetics of the metal and design will be affected.

Process required for restoration

Sandblast, zinc shield, E-prime (optional) powder coat colour and finish

Aluminium

#23Unlike cast furniture made from molds, settings made from aluminium offer modern designs and are generally fabricated from high grade aluminium.Even though this metal is more superior and less prone to corrosion than cast alloys, constant exposure to harsh outdoor environments cause the coatings to become thin and flake causing the metal surface to break down and become white and chalky.

Process required for restoration

Sand blast E-prime and powdercoat colour and finish

Stainless steel

#24Stainless steel furniture offers great designs and is generally very well made, it provides good corrosion resistance although some stainless metal grades will tarnish and tea stain. This is when there is a decision made to coat and recolor it. After good preparation of this metal, recoating is very successful and offers a new lease of life.

Process required for re coating

Sand Blast, E-prime (optional) and powder coat colour and finish

A full metal furniture restoration on a standard setting takes time due to the use of technical systems and professional staff. We find one of the most important factors when thinking of a professional furniture restoration is your budget. Other points to consider are making sure the setting suits your taste and space as well as its sentimental value. It’s current metal quality and structure needs to be of good sound condition as aesthetics, longevity and a successful restoration depends on this. Furniture settings made of poor metal quality, manufacturing and complicated metal furniture designs are sometimes the cause of corrosion and broken furniture. These settings may not be suitable to restore and you may be throwing money down the drain by doing so. If you are needing help or have questions with your metal furniture and metal elements, please contact us.