What's that? Yes I know, I do already have enough projects -- but how can you not save stuff like this?!?
Here are the before pics - gobs of white paint that started to peel and rust underneath.
Stripping the heavy paint off of these chairs took a lot more work than that first chair I did. I really dig this orange gel stripper though. Used properly it will break up paint very well. But then you need to scrape, and scrape, and scrape, and sand, and scrape, and scrape, and use more stripper, and scrape, and sand.
I like to use a razor blade scraper, but even that is slow going. I think I put in about six hours to strip all the paint off one chair and got a good start on the second one.
Here's chair number one minus at least one coat of white, with some original-looking lime green showing underneath.
Tommy Two-tone was not impressed with my hard labor. He didn't even glance at my work while making his rounds.
As I got more of the gobs of white paint off, I spotted this marking on the lower back of one chair.
The B inside the circle is accompanied by a stamping that reads BALCRANK Cincinnati Ohio. Pretty cool to find it on both chairs. And these chairs were built to last - probably fifty or sixty years old and only a couple of rust holes in the bottoms where they contract the ground!
I mentioned POR Paste in my other post on the first chair I restored. To fix the rust spots, this time I cut some fiberglass screen window mesh and taped it over the spots where the holes are. Then I broke out the POR Paste and a popsicle stick and spread it around.
This patch is on the bottom of the leg so it didn't have to be perfect. After the paste hardened, I pulled/cut the blue tape, sanded the excess and primed everything.
I won't bother showing you another photo of a chair coated with primer, so instead, here's the nearly finished chair. I like the yellow and red together. They look a lot alike, but I don't think these chairs were made by the same company. No stamp on the red one. The ribs on the back are slightly different, the seat bottoms are not exactly the same, and the yellow one is not a rocker.
I still have to finish stripping the other chair, which I'm leaning toward painting green or blue.
UPDATE: I decided on green for the third chair, and here it is with the other two.
I like 'em! Thanks again boss!!!