Decks get refinished, pergolas get repainted, outdoor fireplaces get patched and pools get serviced. 

But what about the outdoor furniture once the sun, freezing rain and snow have had their ways with it?

Tossing it to the curb goes against today’s green thinking.

That’s where brothers Brent and Scott Kohlhepp of Outdoor Furniture Restoration come in. Their job it is to refinish, recover, restrap yesterday’s outdoor metal and teak pieces to give them another summer in the sun.

It’s basically a matter of economics, says Scott. “Sling style chairs for example, new, can range from $200-$500 each. We can replace just the sling for as little as $69 in some cases.”

Wrought iron is sand-blasted, or media blasted, to remove rust, then primed with a rust-inhibitive primer and two-part urethane paint. Aluminum gets the same two-part industrial urethane catalyzed paint treatment. The catalyst is a hardener so it paints and hardens at the same time to resist UV rays and chemicals, he says.

Fabrics for slings have UV inhibitors and are from the same suppliers that keep Disney World spiffy. “Fabrics should last seven to 15 years depending on sun exposure and whether they are left out year-round,” says Scott. And today’s colors and patterns let you change the look completely without replacing pieces.

Vinyl strapping is done to replicate the original, even if the weave is over 30 years old. “We do all different types, even the Brown Jordan Tamiami weave, a diamond pattern that’s about 30 years old,” he says.

“It looks awesome and people who paid $300 per chair 30 years ago are thrilled to have them like new again,” he says.

And, as a bonus, the old strapping gets recycled. “In general we’re in the furniture recycling business. We’re very green.”

ORR also refinishes metal accessories including candlesticks, gates, hitches, metal art, window well covers, and registers.

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