Repainted Metal Outdoor Furniture

How to Repaint Metal Outdoor Furniture

By Erin Huffstetler | 05/15/2018 | No Comments
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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.

Vintage Metal Outdoor Loveseat Before Repainting

Up until last weekend, this is what it looked like.

Peeling Paint and Rust on Metal Outdoor Furniture

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

Peeling Paint Removed With a Wire Brush

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.

Sanded Metal Outdoor Furniture

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.

Primed Metal Outdoor Furniture

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.

Raised Paint Removed With a Razor Blade

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.

Masked Off Arms On Outdoor Chair

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.

Repainted Outdoor Loveseat

Allow the paint to dry and harden for a few days before you put your outdoor furniture to use.

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