Use a high-quality oil-based spray paint specifically designed for outdoor use to prevent rust . Spray using a back and forth motion, holding the can far enough away for a consistent spray pattern to avoid drips and overspray. Follow the natural lines of the chair to coat it evenly.
With some time and elbow grease, you can renew rusted metal furniture that you thought was headed for the trash heap. Knock off loose paint and rust with a stiff wire brush, then sand the painted edges smooth. Wash thoroughly and let it dry, and it’ll be ready for primer and paint. You won’t believe the transformation.
Our roundup of spray paints for metal , from products that resist rusting to those that are super durable, will help you make the best choice. Rust-Oleum Protective Enamel. Krylon ColorMaster Paint and Primer. Seymour High Solids Spray Paint . Dupli-Color Metalcast Coating. Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover.
If you don’t have a sprayer or don’t want to use a brush on method, Rust -Oleum also sells this paint and primer in one to cover metal furniture. I’ve used it for many projects and it works really well. It also comes in some impressive colors like Aged Copper, Gun Metal Gray, and Dark Steel to name a few.
To properly prepare new metal surfaces, use mineral spirits to remove grease and apply a rust-inhibitive primer before painting . For painted surfaces that are in sound condition, remove dust with a clean, dry cloth, de-gloss the surface with light sanding, and wipe with mineral spirits to ensure good adhesion.
Use a brush or roller, or use a spray paint formulated for application on metal (manufacturers like Rust-Oleum and Krylon offer “all surface” spray paint in numerous colors and sheens). Apply several light coats, letting the paint dry for a few hours between coats.
Prime the patio furniture with rust-inhibiting metal primer and follow up by painting with rust-inhibiting metal paint . (Both must be suitable for exterior use.) The trick to getting a great finish is to apply both the primer and the paint in multiple, very thin coats.
Oil-based paints are the most durable. You’ll achieve a more uniform finish if you first apply an oil-based primer (e.g., Rust-Oleum Clean Metal Primer, $8.98 per quart on Amazon). However, you can apply oil paint directly to metal because it contains no water, and therefore there’s so no risk of rust.
All that you need to do is apply WD-40 on the surface of your metal patio chairs —or any other metal that needs protection from corrosion —and give it time to dry off. And…that’s it!
Conventional spray paints work best for painting outdoor furniture made of wicker, wood and metal . There is special spray paint formulated for outdoor plastic furniture.
If your furniture is showing signs of oxidation , you can remove it in one of two ways: with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water, or with a metal polishing paste.
Enamel Paint Once dry, it creates a hard surface that is more difficult to chip and more permanent than acrylic paint. Enamel paints are used mostly on hard, non-porous surfaces such as glass , metal, tiles, or ceramics .
Metal Remove loose rust with a wire brush, sandpaper or chemical rust remover. If applicable, sand areas where paint is chipping until surface is smooth. Remove dust or oil with a degreaser or denatured alcohol. Prime surface to protect against rust and corrosion.
“You need a primer that will match the surface. Zinsser® Bondz® is specifically made to adhere to heavy and dense surfaces, and it [is effective on] about 90 to 99 percent of all metal substrates.” Putting on a proper coat of primer means that nearly any type of paint can be used to cover the surface.