By Erin Huffstetler | 05/15/2018 | 9 Comments
This post may contain affiliate links. View our disclosure.
I found this vintage metal loveseat at a yard sale last summer for $20, but it sure didn’t look like this when I got it.
Up until last weekend, this is what it looked like.
Lots of peeling paint and rust, topped off with a thick layer of pollen.
Have some metal outdoor furniture that you need to repaint? Here how to get a paint job that looks good and lasts.
The Right Way to Repaint Metal Outdoor Furniture
If you want a perfectly smooth finish, hire someone to sandblast your patio furniture, or use paint stripper to remove all the paint.
Otherwise, just use a wire brush to remove any loose paint.
Then, follow up with 80-100 grit sandpaper. I recommend using a palm sander (and a dust mask) to speed up the process. I spent three hours wire brushing and sanding this loveseat. It’s worth putting the time into surface prep, if you want your paint to hold up for a long time.
Pro Tip: If the paint on your outdoor furniture isn’t peeling, skip all the brushing and sanding, and apply a liquid sander deglosser. It’ll rough up the surface, so your new coat of paint adheres well.
Once you’ve prepared the surface, dust your patio furniture off; then, put on a protective mask, and apply a coat of primer. If you’re starting with bare metal, use Rustoleum Clean Metal Primer (or the equivalent). If you’re starting with rusted metal, use Rustoleum Rusty Metal Primer (or the equivalent).
Pro Tip: Spend a few bucks on a spray paint handle. Your trigger finger will thank you.
Allow the primer to dry. Then, look over the surface of your piece to see if there are any places where the primer has raised the surface of the old paint. If there are, use a razor blade to remove the lifted paint.
Then, follow up with two to three coats of spray paint.
If you want to do a two-tone paint job. Just spray the first color; then, use strips of paper or plastic to mask off the painted parts, before you spray the second color.
Allow the paint to dry and harden for a few days before you put your outdoor furniture to use.