How to Repaint a Metal Table

Ruby Bayan

Metal tables, especially those used in outdoor gardens and patios, can quickly rust and deteriorate from exposure to the elements. They should be checked periodically for fading and corrosion, and then cleaned and repainted as necessary. Follow these steps for removing rust from an old metal table and repainting it to look like new.

Repaint Metal Furniture
    Remove table accessories.
  1. Remove glass top and other nonmetal accessories attached to the table.

  2. Check for rust.
  3. Clean off all dust, dirt and debris from the table, paying special attention to the nooks and crannies. Check for bubbles and other irregularities because these are indications that corrosion is occurring underneath.

  4. Use the file, sandpaper and metal brush to scrape off loose paint and rust. Pry the bubbled and irregular paint off and sand down all rusted areas. Finish off with fine grit sandpaper.

  5. Clean sanded areas.
  6. Wipe the sanded areas with a moist rag to reveal the bare metal. Allow it to dry.

  7. Lightly sand over the old paint to promote adhesion of the new paint. Wipe off loose paint and sandpaper particles.

  8. Paint the underside first.
  9. Invert the table on the drop cloth and spray a coat of color on all underside areas. Follow the paint manufacturer's instructions for spraying more than one coat. Allow it to dry.

  10. Paint the topside last.
  11. Set the table upright and spray a coat of paint on the topside. Spray a second or third coat as desired. Allow it to dry.

  12. The repainted metal table looks like new.
  13. Return the glass top and other accessories, and rest assured that your refurbished metal table will serve you well for a few more years.