metal info & care

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hope products are manufactured from ancient and natural earth elements: iron (steel), timber and stone. these are natural resources which are costly to process – they need to be used and conserved responsibly. time has shown that these elements have the ability to withstand the weathering effects of nature for prolonged periods. they have the tendency to age pleasingly – in time they will be re-used, if neglected they can be restored and recycled and ultimately, if abandoned, disintegrate and return to the earth.

hope products are simple, robust, well made and capable of a long life outdoors. they are however NOT maintenance free, but unlike most other modern disposable products, they are maintainable. we would like to encourage you to look after your purchase and have a long and enduring relationship with them. this information contains our recommendations to maintain and prolong the life span of our products. it is based on our experience of making this product for the past 23 years and on the maintenance of our showroom samples (which live permanently outside), using some of the same care products for the past 17 years.

NOTE: the performance of various finishes will differ according to the climate that the furniture is exposed to. a maintenance kit has been provided with care products – these are specific to the finish on your order and will contain some of the following items:

Download  our full maintenance brochure here
Download  our abbreviated maintenance guide here


mild steel

folding metal frames

all chairs, benches and recliners are designed to fold. 
this enables them to be stored when periods of seasonal / inclement weather prevent their daily use.

on delivery you will find the folding facility on the chairs quite stiff. 
this is due to the process of riveting the components together during assembly. they will loosen with time and use and will eventually need tightening.

maintenance - folding mechanisms

oiling 4 x a year (seasonally)

•regular oiling is recommended on ALL finishes.
•use a lubricating oil (like 3-in-one) on all the articulating rivet points.
•gently fold and unfold the product to remind it of this characteristic.
•if you have neglected to oil and fold the product for a long period, apply oil and allow to stand for a few hours before attempting to fold it.


failure to oil the articulating joints will impede the folding mechanism.
do not attempt to fold any products that have not been folded for a long period. force folding the product will result in distortion of the metal frame and breakage.

metal table surfaces

these are made with electro-galvanised sheet metal.
hand painted with 2 coats of an oil based enamel paint or powder coated.
be aware that metal table surfaces are prone to scratching and chipping especially in commercial use.
the table surface is vulnerable to corrosion if the paint is damaged, especially on the table edge.


painting / when damaged

  • scour the surface firmly with the scotch brite scourers or sandpaper to remove any corrosion and to flatten deep paint damage.
  • wipe the surface clean with a cloth. if areas of bare metal are exposed, prime these with an etch primer.
  • apply 1 or 2 coats of a non-drip enamel paint (plascon velvaglo) with a soft sponge roller to the whole surface.

NOTE do not attempt to repair powder coated finishes



the frame has been galvanized, washed, primed with etch primer and hand painted with an oil based enamel paint - plascon velvaglo.
due to the folding facilities of the chair various components come into contact with one another and paint deterioration is unavoidable in these areas.
fine hairline cracks can develop in the painted surface and ’white rust’ can start to form as moisture ingresses and comes into contact with the zinc rich, galvanized substrate.
enamel paint will offer several seasons of service before repainting might be considered necessary.
touch up or re-painting can easily be managed from home with an experienced painter.


the frame has undergone a process of hot dip galvanising and is considered the most "maintenance free" finish.

the zinc rich application of the galvanizing process can prevent corrosion for approx. 20 - 25 years depending on the proximity to the sea.

the initial bright silver colour is temporary - the zinc will oxidise and result in a matt lead - grey finish.

furniture in close proximity to the sea will show formation of powdery white crystals as the zinc oxidises.


these frames have been left to oxidise (rust) naturally to create an authentic aged appearance.
they are treated with PRONATURE WAX to prevent loose rust brush off on clothing.



metal finishes

painted maintenance

painting - when required

-it is easier to paint the frame without the slats, BUT do not remove them if you are not confident about re-assembling them.
-scour the metal frame with scotch brite scourers to remove loose paint and ‘white rust’ deposits, then wipe clean of any residue.
-apply 1 coat (2 if needed) of paint (plascon velvaglo) by brush, allowing 12 hours between coats and final drying time.
-do not over-paint the moving joints of the chairs as the paint will impede the folding action.
-use mineral turpentine to clean brushes.
oil based enamel paint only reaches maximum hardness after 7 days.

galvanised maintenance

washing - annually

-white rust can be removed easily in its early stages with a strong jet of water or firm scouring with the scotch brite pads

remember..... oil the articulating joints

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rust maintenance

waxing 1x a year
(or when substrate shows signs of dry, flaking rust).
-scour frames with scotch brite pads to remove loose rust and brush clean
-apply PRONATURE WAX to the frame with a cloth and rub dry.
-if chairs have rubber feet, remove them and apply a rust inhibitor like
-AND MOST IMPORTANT remember to ...OIL the articulating points of the chairs.

NB please be reminded that without regular treatment the life of this product, especially the folding facility, will be will the validity of our guarantee.

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