A Rusty Problem

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 Hi, Abby here!

My first inclination when I got this table was to just paint over the rust. I mean, it’s a $20 table that we found for free on the side of the road. But luckily for me, Tall Dork and Matching is a 2 person endeavour and thankfully so as it always gives both of us multiple opinions when making decisions. Matt is methodical and structured and I’m creative and whimsical. Thankfully Matt convinced me that taking the extra 10 minutes would be worth it.  Heres a few reasons:

1.   The paint would go on so much smoother

2.   The table would last longer and not rust through the paint. Even though Rustoleum claims to be able to paint over rust. I didn’t want to take that chance and add more work for myself in the future

 If you do decide to take the easier path as I initially was going to, make sure to use Rustoleum. Most paints will cover well and prevent oxygen and moisture from coming in contact with the metal, however the paint will eventually peel off.

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Things you will need for this project:

 –      A rusty piece of metal

–      An electric sander with 360 grit and 120 grit pads

–      A cloth to wipe off the project with

–      A drop cloth

–      A spray paint of your choosing – we used Rustoleum Universal Metallic spray paint in Satin Bronze

– Face mask

– Protective eye wear

This is such an easy task if you have an electric sander, and maybe a little more work if you are doing it manually. So be like Matt, not me, and just do ALL the work.

I used the Black and Decker “mouse” sander with 120 grit pads for this project.

I didn’t bother clamping the legs down as they are round and I was nervous with the vibrations that they wouldn’t stay put. So I simply held the leg and slowly moved the sander up and down the length. It was so satisfying watching ( through my protective eye wear of course!)  the rust come off so easily!

I inspected the legs outside in the natural sunlight on all angles before I cleaned up, to make sure I didn’t miss any rust. There were a few spots I saw I missed when I saw it in natural light. So make sure to check them in different lighting to make sure you didn’t miss a spot.

Once I had removed all the rust, I went over the legs with the sander again but this time with 360 grip paper to make sure to smooth out any lines or small imperfections I made during the initial sanding.

After you sand you will want to wipe down the legs with a damp cloth and let dry completely before refinishing.

I decided to use Rustoleum Universal Metallic spray paint in Satin Bronze but you could leave them as is after you remove the rust. The spray paint however acts as a rust inhibitor and is non-toxic once dry which is ideal for a nursery.

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