Refinishing Chrome Furniture


Old 03-20-01, 04:36 PM
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I have an old 50's style kitchen table and chairs that I want to refinish. Its the kind with chrome around the top of the table and the chairs are almost solid chrome except for the back and seat. The top of the table is in almost perfect condition but the chrome on both the table and chairs is rusted really bad. HOW do I get the rust off? Also, how do I get that shiny look back on it? Do I paint it, sand it, both, or what?
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Old 03-20-01, 06:19 PM
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It may not look brand new when you're finished, but you can make that set look a lot better than it currently does.

Your local hardware store and/or home center will stock Naval Jelly. It's excellent for removing rust - just follow the directions.

Of course, you'll need to remove the seats and backs from the chairs, as well as mask off the top of the table.

After using teh naval jelly, you'll need to do some sanding. Use Emery cloth - not regular sandpaper. Emery cloth is made espcially for sanding and smoothing metal. Use this to remove the last traces of rust. Don't just remove the ust, go over the entire chair completely with the emory cloth.

Wipe the pieces completely clean - use a rag dampened with paint thinner to get all the debris off, then let them dry.

Again at your hardware or home center, two aerosols. A metal primer that's sandable - look for this on the can - sandable. and a name brand (such as Rustoleum) chrome spray.

Go over a chair with the primer -put it on in layers, avoiding runs, until the entire chair is coated. Set it aside to dry. Use 240 wet/dry paper lubricated with a little water to sand out any urns or rugh spots. Wipe clean after yo're finished, and let dry.

Layer the Chrome Aerosol on, as you did teh primer. It will probably take several coats, but don't rush it - you'll get runs, which you don't need or want.

The easiest way to spray a chair is turn ti upside down, and spray everything you can easily see first, and let it dry. Then turn it right side up and repeat the process. Chairs in my shop are normally sprayed from six different directions upside down, left, right, front, back, and rightside up. This ensures covering teh entire chair and not leaving any bare spots.

You should be able to wind up with a credible, if not great job.


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I have the exact same issue. Thanks George!! And I just noticed how old this post is... if you're out there George, have any new products surfaced that work better than those you mentioned? Barb
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Welcome to the forums perkbarb!

George hasn't been active in awhile [probably too busy] but his good advice still stands
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