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How to Fix Faded Aluminum Patio Furniture Using Just ONE Common Household Item

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Easy way to fix patio furniture(1)

Spruce up your patio furniture!

Do the warmer temperatures have you examining the condition of your outdoor furniture? Did you know that you can refresh sun-faded aluminum patio furniture easily with just one common household item and a little elbow grease! Come on – let’s get your older patio furniture looking shiny and new again!

For this project you’ll need:

Car Wax trick for Patio Furniture Hip2Save

Directions:

Take off cushions and wash/rinse aluminum patio furniture well – I like to use a rag with a little soapy water. After furniture is completely dry, wipe a section with a thin layer of car wax; note that it will dry within a minute or so. Using a clean dry cloth, wipe off wax entirely. As you wipe off the wax, the result will be a smoother, darker, shiny surface.

HIP TIP: The first time I tried this, I left the wax on too long as I was trying to wax both chairs at one time and it was much harder to get the wax off. As a result, I encourage you to try doing one section at a time.

Refresh Patio Furniture Hip2Save

New patio furniture can be super pricey so this this is a great way to refresh your existing furniture! And if you see a set of second-hand aluminum patio furniture for sale that’s a little faded, now you know how to fix it! The set above we purchased from Costco nine years ago and I’m super excited to see it looking great again and ready for summer!


Lina (lina@hip2save.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects.
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  1. Lily

    Thank U Lina !! Just in time 🙂 Our chairs are looking tired – will definitely try this !!

  2. Mel

    Awesome tip! Thanks!

  3. Laura

    Works on painted steel doors on your home too!

  4. Lori

    My patio furniture looks so sad I was considering trying to spray paint. . .but this is so much better. Will try this soon! Thanks

    • Ami

      We just spray painted our patio bistro set in the last hour, rushing before it got dark. Ugh! Spent $12 on spray paint and barely had enough.

  5. mochi

    Will this work with cast iron?

  6. Kathy

    Great idea, since I have wax and would rather sit in nice looking chairs than wax the car.

  7. Megann

    Does anyone know where to find cheap patio cushions? I need one for a porch swing. Cheapest I found was $30

    • Emily

      I got one for our porch bench at TJMaxx and it wasn’t expensive.

  8. Shell0216

    For inexpensive patio cushions look online at bed bath and beyond or big lots.

  9. Urvi

    Was looking st IKEA for cushions. Anyone have any experience? Advice?

  10. Emily

    This is a great tip! Our patio furniture was on an uncovered patio for many years. We protected it each season with a good cleaning and then spraying a thing coat of clear rustoleum on it. It kept it looking new for many, many years! Now, it is under a porch roof and we haven’t sprayed it in awhile. Now, I’m going to try to wax it and see what happens.

  11. amyjorlando

    Last time this was posted someone mentioned using coconut oil. I gave it a try and my set looks AMAZING! Looks like I repainted all the black when all I really did was rub coconut oil on it. You just rub it and voila- instant face lift. Soooo easy! Wish I had found this secret years ago. Hope this helps someone else.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Nice!

  12. CJ

    Has anyone who has used the wax or coconut oil had any issues with residue on the cushions. I realize you wipe it off after but that doesn’t mean residue isn’t possible particularly on a really hot humid day. My coushins are so tired that I’ve been reudced to only using them on one side as it is. Wondering if this the quick fix for my tied chairs.

    • amyjorlando

      My set is the type with “meshy” fabric so I don’t have cushions.

  13. Cherry

    I will use this! Any ideas on how to clean the patio furniture covers?

  14. Lo

    I have a cast iron patio set and they are starting to rust on the arms. Does anyone have an easy way to clean them? Can I use car wax on it after they are cleaned and dry?

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