Good Questions: Powder Coat or Replace?

Good Questions: Powder Coat or Replace?

Maxwell Ryan
May 25, 2006

Hello AT,

My neighbor gave me three older metal patio chairs that are structurally sound but have a fair amount of rust. The front leg rests are detachable and I think that make these incredibly cool.

My question is whether it's worth the investment (about $200/each) to have these particle blasted and powder coated. Has anyone been through this before and found any downside to this process and would I be better off buying new chairs? [more below]

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If I go ahead with this there are about 200 colors to pick from. My patio is a traditional red brick job with lots of terra cotta pots w/plants and several pieces of traditional wrought iron furniture in white (courtesy of my mom's estate). I figure I'd better go with white on these – safe but boring. Any suggestions?

Thanks – Chris in Annapolis

Dear Chris,

Definitely powder coat and fix them up. Metal stands up really well over time and rust can be easily scraped off. Buying new is not as much fun.

As for color, definitely go with a color that will contrast with your patio so that you can see the structure well. White is good and safe, but you could also do an off-white with a bit of cream in it to warm up the place. Black is also classic, but a bit more modern and hard-nosed.

What says the crowd?

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