How Do You Refinish An Antique Steel Floor Lamp?

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How Do You Refinish An Antique Steel Floor Lamp?

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Antique steel floor lamps are the “poor relation” of antique brass floor lamps. Like many vintage manufactured products, floor lamps were available in a variety of styles and prices. The higher-end solid brass floor lamps had fancy accents like marble insert bases, while the cheaper steel lamps were brass plated or sprayed with gold paint to imitate the more expensive models. Today, these steel lamps are often found in various states of deterioration in attics, basements or in garages at estate sales and often are covered with layers of paint. They can still be used to light and serve a home after being refinished. Wind the lamp’s cord into a coil and tape it underneath the lamp so it is out of the way while you are working on the lamp. If you plan to rewire the lamp, remove the wiring completely. Apply the paint stripper—or the rust remover if your lamp is covered with rust. Follow the instructions on the product label. When using the stripper, apply a thick heavy coat of stripper p

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