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!
Although 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.
This 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.
Unlike 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.