The secrets to renovating an old garden furniture!
We leave it with regret with winter, we find it with pleasure in fine weather… except when the garden furniture looks gray with the years and bad weather. To give it a second youth, at each stage its trick: renovating an aging garden furniture is above all elbow grease!
1. Clean a garden furniture to renovate it
This is the first step, of course: to get an overview of the damage, we start by cleaning the garden furniture. Sometimes, this single step is enough to renovate it! Be careful though, each material has its specificities. For plastic furniture , including the essential resin garden furniture, white vinegar is used. If the color is dull or the dirt is embedded, you can leave baking soda or soda crystals sprinkled with white vinegar for five minutes before rinsing. Another grandma’s trick, oven cleaner can have an effect, but take it easy and only as a last resort or risk damaging the plastic. To rinse, the water jet is allowed! With a wooden garden furnitureor metal, no jet, but a simple sponge moistened with water and Marseille soap, carefully wrung out.
2. Renovate a garden furniture by sanding
Nothing to do, the material is damaged? To renovate a wooden or metal garden furniture, sanding is essential. It makes it possible to find the raw material before a new treatment in the case of wood, to eliminate rust in the case of metal. On the other hand, it has no use on plastic! With a wooden garden furniture, we start with a coarse sanding 80, by hand or with a sander. We finish with a 120 grit, finer, to find a smooth and silky surface before proceeding to the treatment. In the case of a metal garden furniture , sanding is only of interest for small rust spots, with sandpaper or a metal brush. If it extends, it will be necessary to think stripping.
3. Strip to renovate garden furniture
Stripping is the superior stage to sanding: more aggressive, it eliminates all superfluous layers on the material. It is therefore used to renovate a wooden garden furniture which has accumulated dozens of successive layers of varnish, for example, or very rusty iron furniture, even repainted several times. Once the material is bare, it can be processed. The stripping itself can be thermal by heat, chemical with products or mechanical by sandblasting . And there is no question of improvising it, the methods are complex and can damage tables, armchairs and sofas when they are poorly dosed or unsuitable… in short, it is better to call on a pro. The budget is not the same, but the result will last for years.
4. Treat a garden furniture to renovate it
Is the material clean, sanded or pickled? We treat. For wood, a wax, an oil, a varnish or a stain can both renovate an aging garden furniture by reviving its color and protect it for the year to come. The treatment should be repeated regularly, more or less depending on the type of wood. Yes, even on a teak sofa that grays over time and even more so on a pallet coffee table that is less resistant to bad weather! With iron garden furniture, anti-rust paint fulfills the same function. Aluminum does not rust, but can benefit from a color enhancer to regain its youth.
5. Renovate garden furniture with paint
The garden furniture is showing its age? A good coat of paint works wonders. And all the materials can be repainted, plastic furniture included, provided you choose a paint specially adapted for the support and for outdoor use … Without forgetting to repaint on a clean and smooth surface, therefore cleaned, sanded or stripped if necessary!