Patio furniture is often made of cast aluminum. This material is chosen because its strength. Furniture for outdoor living should be able to stand on weather changing. Cast aluminum patio furniture is not only resistant to weather extreme phenomenon but it looks even better under the summer sun.
Moreover, cast aluminum drenches thunderstorms, perfect for outdoor furniture. Unlike iron which can rust easily, cast aluminum won’t. It is non-rusting material. That is why patio furniture made of this material can last for a decade or even more. In addition, it is quite lightweight.
On the other words, you can effortlessly move this weather proof furniture. Another benefit of having cast aluminum furniture is the minimal maintenance it requires. You just need to wipe the surface to make it clean. Due to these advantages why people prefer cast aluminum to wooden furniture.
If there are many people who repaint cast aluminum furniture, it does not mean that it rusts. People finish it with a new coat just to improve the appearance of the furniture. Refinishing cast aluminum patio furniture, however, requires special techniques for the best result.
Without these special techniques, the paint will not adhere as cast aluminum is nonporous. Therefore, before you paint it, wash the furniture using a water-based degreaser with the help of a coarse brush. After that, spray water from a water hose to rinse the furniture.
Wait for one to two hours to let the furniture dry. After you are sure it has been dry, you can start spraying the furniture with primer. But, if there are portions that you do not want to paint, cover them first with masking paper and painter’s tape.
Next, spray the primer to the surface or cast aluminum patio furniture. This is the very important step in refinishing cast aluminum furniture. Many people make mistake in a way they paint unprimed cast aluminum surface. As a result, the paint peels. It takes approximately three to four hours for the primer to dry.
After it has been dry, you can spray acrylic enamel to the primed furniture. If you still see the self-etching primer, a second coat of enamel can be added so that the primer does not show through anymore.
Allow it to dry for four hours. An ordinary latex primer is not acceptable for refinishing cast aluminum furniture. Don’t use it otherwise the finish will shed soon.