Protect Outdoor Hardware from Rust
Robert Erickson mentioned that he uses gun bluing and lacquer to waterproof some of the metal hardware in his Adirondack chair (“Uncompromising Adirondack,” FWW #231). I’d like to do the same. What’s involved in that process?
Ken Brooks, Johnstown, PA
First, lightly sand the exposed metal of the hardware. Next, prep the steel with Industrial Metal Supplies’ Metal Cleaner ($6, sculptnouveau.com), then use Birchwood Casey Super Blue ($11, sport.birchwoodcasey.com) straight from the bottle. This darkens the metal, but does not turn it a true black. The color is more like the black on forged steel. (For a true black color, I use black lacquer.) After the gun bluing process is complete, I seal the metal with Clear Guard lacquer ($13, sculptnouveau.com). For a marine environment, I use Ever Clear lacquer ($26, sculptnouveau.com), which is a two-part acrylic urethane.