How to Protect Your Garden Furniture from Corrosion

Check out the market today, and you will see that there are so many different kinds of garden furniture today made from all kinds of material. Iron and steel remain a key element in many home garden sets even today, perpetuating the age old battle between garden enthusiasts and rust. The reason why people still use materials that rust (i.e., iron and steel) is that these materials just so happen to be ideal for use as garden furniture. They are strong,mobile, and very durable (if they don’t corrode, that is). At the same time, advances have been made in corrosion resistance technology, which has encouraged iron and steel users to keep their preferences. There are several things that you can do to maximize the lifespan of any garden furniture that you may have that is made from iron or steel.


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    Galvanize them or spray them with a coating of molten zinc. Both of these methods will coat your garden furniture with zinc, which is a sacrificial metal that will corrode first before the iron or steel does.
    • Cleanse it from any existing rust through a shot blasting process or immersing the affected parts in an alkali/acid bath.
    • Once this is done, your pieces will have to be immersed in a molten zinc bath of approximately 450 °C (842 °F).
    • Finally, it will be coated with a passive Chromate coat.
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    Avoid scratches. To take care of the protective coating of your iron and steel pieces, avoid scratching them, this would create an exposed surface of corrodible material. Even the slightest exposed area is enough to start off a chain reaction of corrosion in your garden furniture, so you should be very careful.
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    Have good drainage. Another good measure to protect your stuff from corrosion is to have a good drainage system installed so that your garden doesn’t store up excess water. This can lead to damp conditions, perfect for creating rusty iron and steel.Try not to leave your furniture on damp grass, this will certainly contribute to the corrosion of the legs of your chairs, benches, tables, etc.
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    Consider using more corrosive resistant materials like aluminum, glass, stainless steel, PVC, stone, or even wood. Select your type of wood very carefully. Many woods rot easily in damp conditions. Many great designs exist for any type of material you may want to use .Don’t be afraid to explore your options!

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