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DIY Metal Bench Makeover

By Alchemy Fine Living on Apr 10, 2013

This deep purple bench is made of metal. It is a garden bench that is usedoutdoors, so it took a little different prep work than most of my usual projects, which tend to be wood furniture for indoor use. Because it is made of metal I used a special primer that sticks to metal, glass, and other glossy, non-porous surfaces.Because the bench will be exposed to the elements, I used a paint that is different than what I would typically suggestfor the final coat.

To prep the bench I just gave it a good cleaning: no need to sand it or scuff it up like I typically do. I then used a bonding primer. It actually specifically says on the label that there is no need to sand. It also says that TSP should not be used to clean the surface, so I just useddish detergent and water to remove dust and any oils that might have been on the surface. The bonding primer is an oil based product made by Zinsser.

This primer gets excellent coverage, so it only took one coat. After priming the bench I did lightly sand it before applying my top coats.

For the top coat I used a beautiful pale blue from Sherwin Williams. The Pro Industrial line of paints made by Sherwin Williamsincludeshigh-performance coatings that aresuper durable. The particularpaint that I used was the Zero VOC Acrylic. It can be applied directly to metal and resists rust. It got amazing coverage and made for a beautiful finish. It was so easy to spray with this paint! It should have probably only taken one coat to cover the bench with this product, but because it has so many different angles, I had to come at it from it took three different coats to get it perfect. This was my first time working with this paint and I loved it. I, for sure, would recommend it to anyone.

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