Stripping rust/iron table

Old 07-02-01, 04:26 AM
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I have a small iron table, badly rusted, that I plan to refinish. It is a frame sort of thing, with skinny legs and a rectangular frame on top (there is no top currently; I plan to create a mosaic top for this table).

What is the easiest way to remove the rust? (I'd love to find a chemical product that would do it.) Do I need to use a primer before spray painting the table, after removing the rust? Any other tips welcome.

Old 07-02-01, 09:26 AM
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Either your local hardware store or home center should have a product called Naval Jelly. This is ideal for removing rust - just follow the instructions on the container.

Beforepainting, the piece should be sanded - use emery cloth for this - not regular sandpaper. Emery cloth has a much heavier paper backing and will last much longer. In addition, the abrasive surface is better suited for metal.

Yes, you should prime. Either place (see above) should have metal primer available in an aerosol form. Again, just follow the instructions on the container. Then topcoat with the aerosol of your choice (less chance of runs and a smoother coating).
Old 07-03-01, 01:47 AM
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Thanks a TON! Exactly the info I needed<g>.


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