Refinishing your old metal décor
One of the reasons why metal is so useful is because it can be reused over and over again. Metal, especially scrap metal is recyclable, and this act is beneficial for our environment; however, before we need to attempt total recycling of scrap metal, there are little steps we can take that count as recycling. After all, recycling means reusing. For a lot of people, when their old metal décor such as chairs and tables start to rust, they may discard of it and purchase a new one. This isn’t cost effective or environmentally friendly. If you have old metal products that have fallen prey to their natural path of corrosion, there are ways you can save them and even make it look brand new. This technique is called refinishing. Finishing in metal décor is simply the decorative touches added to metal works, this could be gloss or paint. To further expand on this topic we will take a look at four types of finishings for metal works;
- Matte finishing: Matte finishings provide a quiet and reduced look. The colors may look less shiny, and unlike gloss, matte finishing does not offer any sort of reflective properties. It may even be regarded as flat but when applied to the right color like black, matte finishings can be breathtaking. It is mostly preferred when dealing with chairs, tables, and the likes.
- Brushed metal finishing: This finishing highlights and intensifies the metallic quality of whatever it is applied on. Metals usually associated with this type of finishing are stainless steel and aluminum.
- Glossy finishing: This is the most popular sort of finishing, and it isn’t without reason. Glossy finishing is used on cars, photos, and many other metallic surfaces because it makes it shine even brighter and it even possesses reflective properties. Glossy finishing increases the glare of whatever they are applied onto, and because of this, a photo with a glossy finish might not be seen from certain angles if it is covered by glass and this can be caused by the glare or even natural sunlight.
- True color finishing: True color finishes maintain the properties of the metal or metal work, but it increases the vibrancy of the surface thereby making it “pop.”
- Satin Finishing – Satin finishing is quite similar to gloss, but it doesn’t possess a glare.
These are five finishes that you can use when refinishing your old metal décor. The first step to refinishing is to scrape off the rusted metal. You may choose to do it yourself, but you’ll need these items.
- Wire wheel
- Rust inhibitive primer
- Corded drill
- Wire brush
- Rust Reformer
- Angle grinder
When the scraping is done, you can go ahead to refinish your metal décor with whichever finish you like, or you could paint them before applying the finish. If you’ve ever done this before or plan to do this, be sure to let us know how it goes. For more information on metal décor and works be sure to check out our other articles.