How to Redo Metal Patio Furniture

Patio furniture is exposed to the elements, including wind and rain, and therefore is prone to rust and chipping.

A clear coat can be applied to metal furniture after painting to protect it from the elements.A clear coat can be applied to metal furniture after painting to protect it from the elements.
Rather than replacing your patio chairs and tables entirely, consider repainting the metal furniture to bring it back to life. Take special care when preparing your patio furniture for painting, as paint is unlikely to stick to a surface that is dirty or chipped. In just one afternoon, you can restore your patio furniture and improve the look of your outdoor space.

Inspect the furniture for rust. Remove any visible rust with steel wool or a wire brush. Stubborn rust can be removed with a chemical rust remover, applied with a rag and then rinsed off.

Sand the entire surface lightly with sandpaper. Sand more forcefully on areas with chipping paint to make the entire surface smooth.

Wipe away any paint chips or dust created by sanding with a tack cloth. Clean the surface with a household detergent or mineral spirits and allow it to dry.

Apply a primer designed for outdoor metal furniture. Use a spray paint to avoid leaving brush strokes and ensure that you get into the nooks and crannies often present in metal furniture. Allow the primer to dry per the instructions on the product.

Apply two coats of exterior spray paint to the furniture. To get even coverage, move the paint can from side to side as you go and keep the paint in constant motion to avoid drip marks.

Things You Will Need

  • Steel wool
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Household detergent
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Wire brush
  • Chemical rust remover
  • Rag
  • Mineral spirits


  • Always work in a well-ventilated area while painting to avoid becoming sick from the fumes.

About the Author

Lara Webster has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been featured on Relationships in the Raw, The Nursery Book, Spark Trust and several travel-related websites. Webster holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in mass communication and media studies, both from San Diego State University.