Garden Elements are untreated iron and if left untreated, they will form surface rust.
Metal Legs are offered in an untreated natural finish or powder coated. See the Metal Leg options below.
Painted Finish DIY
You may paint or clear coat your purchase with an exterior grade metal product to help prevent rust. Clean your iron with mineral spirits or paint thinner first for the best paint adherence. Follow the manufacturer's directions for a great finished product.
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Rusted Finish DIY
To speed up the rusting process, you can lightly sand the steel and/or apply a mixture of 4 parts hydrogen peroxide, 1 part vinegar and a pinch of salt. Allow it to sit for up to an hour and gently wipe. Repeat the process until your desired result is achieved. For garden elements, the finial will rust more quickly than the steel bar when exposed to the elements and doesn't require any treatment.
There are other ways to encourage rusting. We suggest a google or YouTube search if you're really interested in rusting your purchase.
Table Leg Finish
This is the natural state of steel with a medium to dark grey color.
Small blemishes from the milling process may be visible.
The seam will be visible. We place seams in the least visible location, like the inside of the legs.
Natural steel will rust in time if not sealed.
The best choice for DIY finishing
Powder coating is a process in which color is baked on for a smooth, consistent, scratch, chip and corrosion resistant finish.
This is the only finish we recommend for outdoor use.
Powder coat finish quality is highly dependent upon the powder product, the application skill and controlled conditions of application. Our vendor specializes in military work so the precision & quality is excellent.
WHY CHOOSE POWDER OVER SPRAY PAINT?
If your table will receive heavy use or be outdoors or you want a thicker look and feel than can be achieved by spray paint, consider a powder coat finish.
Thicker than spray paint by 4 to 6 times
Harder resulting in greater scratch & chip resistance
Corrosion resistance surpasses that of spray paint which can be important in very humid or salty environments
Powder coating is highly dependent on the quality of the product, controlled environment & application skill. Our vendor specializes in precision military and delivers superior quality results.