utilising restored machinery from the mid 1900’s, individual product components are machine cut and pressed from mild steel. the distinctive features of the scrolled arm and table legs are forged in the traditional method and assembled by hand on the anvil using hammer and rivets.
visible welding is avoided where possible and only used to re-inforce delicate joints.the result is a product where the joints are apparent and a defined sense of constuction is evident.these characteristics are a hallmark of our production. finished metal frames undergo various finishes before timber components are added.
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 – 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.
note 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.
maintenance – painting / when damaged
- scour the surface firmly with the scotch brite scourers or fine 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 velva-glo. 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 as moisture ingresses here it can start to form ‘white rust’ as it 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.
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 wipe clean.
- apply 1 coat (2 if needed) of paint 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.
NOTE household enamel paint only reaches maximum hardness after 7 days.
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 of 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 (‘white rust’) as the zinc oxidises. the resultant patina is quite complex and enhances the product as it ages.
NOTE if left unattended these deposits will calcify and are very dif cult to remove.
maintenance – washing / annually
white rust can be removed easily in its early stages but calcifies and gets difficult to remove with time. wash the metal frame with a strong water jet or scour with scotch brite pads.
and remember….. oil the articulating joints
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.
note this finish will leave rust marks on paving and is NOT recommended for coastal situations.
maintenance – scouring and 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.
- if chairs have rubber feet, remove them and apply a rust inhibitor like RUSSIST with cloth or brush before replacing.
- 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 compromised…as will the validity of our guarantee.
these frames have been left to oxidise (rust) naturally to create an authentic aged appearance. they are treated with a chemical converter that retards the rusting process – this colours them blue-black. they are sealed with wax preservative to prevent loose rust brush off.
note this finish will leave rust marks on paving and a slight grey stain on the timber (initially) when they get wet.
maintenance – 1x a year
(or when substrate shows signs of dry, flaking rust)
- remove rubber feet to attend to the metal work.
- scour frames with scotch brite pads to remove loose rust.
- apply RUSSIST with cloth or brush and allow a few hours to cure.
- apply PRONATURE WAX to the frame with a cloth .
pssst remember to ……OIL the articulating joints of the chairs.
NB please be reminded that without regular treatment the life of this product, especially the folding facility, will be compromised and once again…… so will the validity of our guarantee.
download the complete maintenance booklet here