By its very makeup, iron requires little or as much care as you feel necessary. It does not corrode in the same way as other metals; it is, however, prone to cracking if dropped, or if something collides with the furniture. Left untreated, it will naturally weather down and gain an aged patina.
Aluminium has other virtues. Natural, unpainted aluminium requires little or no maintenance as it does not rust. If you have selected a painted finish, this can be maintained as per your personal preference obviously aluminium is a lighter metal, and is, therefore, easier to relocate in and around your chosen space. As pictured, detail is often clearer and more defined when casting in aluminium.
Assemble if necessary and paint in a colour of your choosing using a recommended metal paint. All furniture is finished and dispatched in a primer only unless otherwise stated.
To protect against the elements and general use it is imperative that the piece is painted in full. Should you require any advice as to which type of paint would be best please contact the sales team.
If hit by heavy rains prior to painting a staining known as French Bleed can occur which is easily remedied. The effect is a result of the metal being exposed to water or rain and then discolouring. This can happen the first time the piece gets wet but will normally not deteriorate any further. To treat simply remove any surface rust with a gentle sanding and apply a coat of recommended paint.
Given the traditional manufacturing, processing and hand forging, it is not possible to warranty against some limited discolouration or oxidisation which does not affect the functional integrity.
For those living in coastal areas and areas of high pollution, your bench is likely to patina more rapidly. If you wish to counteract this, we recommend painting bi-annually to preserve your chosen colour finish.
A spray lacquer or yacht varnish would also be recommended for any exposed metal, fixings or seating without the protection of a colour finish.
If required after 6 months of enjoying your seat or table and chairs outdoors, we recommend re-painting to cover any french bleed, staining, exposed joints or fixings and to generally maintain the finish.
The metalwork should only be re-finished in a recommended metal paint in any colour of your choosing. If you prefer to leave the piece to continue to patina this is entirely down to personal preference.
After 12 months we highly recommend repainting unless you wish to leave the finish to patina over time for a more vintage look. This process will need to be repeated annually.
Prior to painting any flaking areas, or existing paint should be given a light sanding just to prepare the surface.
Consider bringing the furniture inside, storing in a garage or similar during harsh weather or heavy snow. Protecting with a waterproof cover would also be advised.