Asked on Jun 10, 2018

What can I put on the bottom of my patio chairs to keep them from rust

Kathy Secrist
by Kathy Secrist
  6 answers
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jun 10, 2018

    Hi Kathy,

    A spray sealer would work. I can't tell from the picture if it currently has rust. If it does, clean it off by gently sanding with 0000 steel wool. Then spray on a primer like Rustoleum and let that dry. Then spray your color and after that dries, use the sealer. The combination should help keep the rust away. Consider sealing it yearly for continuing results. Wishing you the best.

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Jun 10, 2018

    Hello Kathy, In order to help prevent rust from forming on your metal patio furniture do your best to keep it as dry as possible. When you know there is rain on the way, cover the furniture to lessen the amount of moisture it would be exposed to and then wipe it down as soon as it dires up outside a bit, paying special attention to the any joints or where the metal comes in contact with a damp surface. You can also apply a thinlayer of oil or grease on the metal areas, paying special attention to crevices, joints, areas that touch damp spaces (like the bottom areas of the legs that rest on the patio or ground). Rust is less likely to form where there is oil or grease present. However, if you are opposed to that idea, you could always apply (to a clean and dired metal area) a paste wax using a paint brush, and again be sure to to extra care in joints, crevices, etc. Paste wax is water resistant, just like grease and oil. Once the wax has dried you can buff the metal just as you would your car's exterior. Of course, make sure you put your metal outdoor furntiure into a shed or garage during the months when you are not using it, and be sure it is wiped dry when storing it. You can also spary the metal with a clear Rustoleum product to prevent rust, but make sure you wipe the metal clean before applying it. Good Luck Kathy, and thanks for using Hometalk for suggeestions :)

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Jun 10, 2018

    Use a rust converter on existing rust and then seal it. Much better than primer

  • Kulpy Kulpy on Jun 10, 2018

    You might want to seal them with a clear sealent spray, epoxy, find some kind of chair foot covers.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 25, 2022

    Spray seal it and then add plastic feet so the sealer does not get scuffed off.