This is my next project. This is my 100 year old road cart purchased on Ebay. I use it to train in and I have another cart to show in. I have had it for a year and a half and I would really like to get it refinished. It is a solid and sturdy cart for its age. It is hard to find a work cart with the 96" shafts that my horse requires. It also has a really smooth ride because of those big wheels even though they are steel rimmed.
I was thinking of either painting it or sanding it down, staining it, and putting a clear coat on it. If I paint it I would like to paint it a dark green or a burgundy with a gold pinstripe. I am also scared that if I paint it and it looks bad I will have to completely resand it. I am also thinking of the work I will have to get it ready to stain. I have sanded off most of the old red lead based paint with there is still a little left on it. Also I would need to find a paint or clearcoat that is weather proof and I would like the paint to be shinny if that is what I choose.
Another dilema is what to do with the metal on the cart. It is completely surface rusted. Should I try to get the rust off and paint it or just leave it be? I cannot remove any of the pieces as it will never go back together. If I paint the wood I think I need to paint the metal. If I stain and clear coat the wood I don't think the rusted metal would look to bad.
What do you guys think? Do any of you have any experience with cart refinishing?
This is the cart that I get all of those great butt shots out of!