HL chatted to Carol-Anne Curtis, Dulux Brand Manager for Hammerite and Kriben Thambiran, Dulux National Technical Service Manager about how to protect and maintain metal items in the home. I live in an area where my outdoor furniture is prone to rust. What can I do to prevent rusting? Rust and corrosion protection is a serious concern to us all. As we get into the summer season and we want to make use of outdoor areas, we are often concerned about the condition of our outdoor furniture. To prevent deterioration, it is important to cover furniture when not in use and to try and keep it away from direct sunlight and rain. If possible, one should not place furniture directly on a surface where pooling of water could occur. What’s the easiest way to repair damaged or rusted metal furniture? The easiest and DIY-friendly way to repair (as well as protect) would be to use the Dulux Hammerite range. There is an extensive range of metals that can be repaired with these products and they come in various pack sizes and colours, catering even for the smallest repair. Hammerite is the ‘three-in-one’ of metal paints, offering all the benefits associated with a primer, undercoat and gloss enamel in one easy-to-use product. Do different metals require different means of care? Yes they do, but we have a comprehensive range to assist with your needs. Hammerite is a simple solution for the decoration, protection and restoration of all metal. Specially formulated to form a tough barrier that resists rust, corrosion, knocks and scrapes, Hammerite maintains a beautiful finish for longer.
- For ferrous iron-containing metals/mild steel: Remove all excess rust and flaking paint by sanding/grinding/wire brushing to a clean and sound surface (if the whole piece is to be recoated, sand the existing coating as well to provide a key surface for adhesion). Wash down with a Fixit degreaser solution, rinse with fresh water and allow to dry. If there is no significant pitting or rusting, apply two coats of your desired Hammerite colour to the affected areas.
- Non-ferrous, non iron-containing metals/aluminum/copper: Remove all excess rust and flaking paint by sanding/grinding/wire brushing to a clean and sound surface (if the whole piece is to be recoated sand the existing coating as well to provide a key surface for adhesion). Wash down with a Fixit degreaser solution, rinse with fresh water and allow to dry. Apply one full coat of Hammerite special metals primer to the bare areas of metal and allow to dry. Apply two coats of Hammerite to desired colour and finish to affected areas.
What are your three top tips for maintaining metal items in the home?
- Ongoing maintenance is essential for keeping items in tip-top shape. A few minutes of TLC can save you days of restoration or even replacement.
- Use trusted products like Hammerite to maintain and protect these items.
- When not in use store away from direct sunlight and rain. This will reduce the risk of coating breakdown due to harmful UV rays and rusting due to moisture penetration.
Compiled by Lindi Brownell Meiring