A pretty set of outdoor furniture makes sitting outside more enjoyable, and it adds a casual feel to your outdoor seating area. Best of all, if you don’t already have an old set of metal chairs at home, you can pick them up for a steal at virtually any yard sale. It takes little effort to fix them up to like-new condition, and it won’t cost more than $20 to paint metal furniture. You’ll only need 1-2 days to complete this project.
Supplies needed to paint outdoor furniture made of metal:
- Drop cloth
- TSP Cleaner
- Wire brush
- Clean rag
- Spray-on primer
- Rust-resistant spray paint
- Protective goggles and mask
How to paint outdoor furniture made of metal:
Protect – Protect the ground beneath your workspace by using a drop cloth or cardboard. Because you’ll be sanding and working with paint, use protective eyewear and a respiratory mask to reduce irritation.
Sand the surface – Lightly sand the surface to remove any loose paint or signs of rust. All rust must be removed before repainting! Use a wire brush to help remove difficult rust spots or heavily peeling paint. Do not sand so deeply that you expose the metal.
Wash – Use warm water and TSP cleaner to thoroughly wash the metal furniture. TSP cleaner is a great cleaning product for removing grease, oil, mold and mildew, and any other debris before painting. Allow the metal furniture to dry completely.
Prime – By priming the metal before you paint, you’ll help the top coat bond better and last longer. Hold the can 10″ from the surface and spray several light coats to cover. Avoid spraying the primer too much in one spot, as this will cause the primer to ruin and look too heavy in those spots. Allow the primer to dry completely before applying paint. This could take several hours to overnight; consult package instructions for precise drying time.
Paint – Apply the spray paint in an even, sweeping motion. Again, avoid applying too heavily in any one spot as this will cause the paint to drip visibly. When the entire surface is painted, allow it to dry a minimum of one hour before applying the second coat.
If you would like to add a protective coating, you can apply a lacquer finish the following day. Keep in mind that it will give the outdoor furniture a high shine, and will increase overall cure time considerably. Accent your newly painted outdoor metal furniture with a set of pretty cushions, and you’re all done!
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Source: Personal experience