What is the best way to remove rust from this? Do you have to remove all before painting?
q rust, painted furniture, painting over finishes
  31 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 18, 2015
    Use CLR to remove the rust and proceed to paint.

  • You can scrub it with a wire brush too. And then just spray over it with a good quality paint like Rustoleum designed to cover rust.

  • Lisa Lisa on Sep 18, 2015
    I have (spray) painted several pieces without doing ANYTHING to them. Seems to work just fine. If you have chunks or pieces that stick out and you want to have a smooth finish, then I would sand first to even out the surface. But in terms of "sticking", I haven't had any problems just spraying as is.

  • Z Z on Sep 18, 2015
    Navel Jelly. Back in the late seventies I first heard of it from customers in the hardware store I worked at. After quite a few customers bought it, I had to ask one what it did because the name and it's being a pink liquid didn't tell me anything. In talking to others after that, asking how it worked, they all raveled about it. If you want to go Lisa's route and not clean it first, I'd recommend using Rust-Oleum's Rusty Metal Primer in either brush on or spray form. It will protect your project from the air and moisture that causes rust in the first place.

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    • Z Z on Sep 18, 2015
      @You're very welcome Judy. It's such a cute plant stand. It would make a great table base by adding a round table top that HoDe and L's sell also.

  • Jo Jo on Sep 18, 2015
    I was going to suggest a wire brush, too. Just make sure the rust is all off. Wipe with a clean towel or paper towel. Spray with a Rustoleum Pre-Sealer, or whatever brand you can find, and then Paint. Works for me... Good Luck.!

  • Mary Whitney Mary Whitney on Sep 18, 2015
    There is a product on the market called: Rust Ender. My late husband used to use it all the time and just recently I used it to restore an old iron bed. Works like magic to seal the rust so You can spray paint over it with no fear of rust coming through.

  • Louis Lieberman Louis Lieberman on Sep 19, 2015
    sand as much of the rust off as u can then sprat it with red anti-rust & add a topcoat or spray it with metal lacqer-luck

  • Nep2149218 Nep2149218 on Sep 19, 2015
    I would get it sand blasted, then undercoat then put a top coat on, it won't rust and it would look great.

  • June June on Sep 19, 2015
    We use WD40. Great if you can find a way to spray it on and let it soak... Maybe do small amounts lying it down..or stand in in a bucket, spray... Use a old paint brush coat it... Good luck

  • Suzanne Lee Suzanne Lee on Sep 19, 2015
    You can use the round metal brush on your drill, goes really fast. Remove all rust possible. Then special primer for metal.

  • Deborah Bergeron Deborah Bergeron on Sep 19, 2015
    I hv done several metal pieces as follows and it works like a charm!! Remove AS MUCH LOOSE spots with a wire brush. I bought Jessco (? Spelling) at Lowes in Qt. Bottle, pour into spray bottle and soak it on😃 wait 24 Hrs & viola all rust has turned to a primer! Paint with appropriate paint!!

  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Sep 19, 2015
    1 - Remove flaking rust thoroughly but gently with a brass brush to avoid excess pitting. 2 - use a product that chemically bonds with the rust so that it becomes inert (no bubbling under your finished surface). 3 - Although I avoid spray paints and Rustolem brushes on easily, I would suggest a spray for this project, but do NOT spray when it is too hot, too cold or humid. That includes the the temperature of the ground your piece rests on, too. 4 - Spray upside down first; then right side up so the visible parts receive your practiced hand: apply light coats with adequate dry time in a ventilated area. 5. If you choose to prime first, use a colour closest to you final finish.

  • Terdallaujar Terdallaujar on Sep 19, 2015
    My husband uses water and aluminum foil. :-)

  • Trudy Trudy on Sep 19, 2015
    I agree with Deborah Bergeron and Duval.26, I use Rustoleum Rust Reformer. It's easy, effective, and you don't lose any metal because the rust turns back into metal. I've used it on wrought iron railings, furniture, and a plant stand much like yours.

  • Sammkin Sammkin on Sep 19, 2015
    I use steal wool, it also makes it smooth enough to repaint.

  • Robyn Hecht Robyn Hecht on Sep 19, 2015
    Use fine grit sandpaper to remove as much rust as you can and give it a couple of light coats of Rustoleum (sp) or Krylon spray paint rust inhibitor. Always seemed to work for me. Have fun!

  • AmyG AmyG on Sep 19, 2015
    Naval Jelly removes rust also - proper prep work to remove rust will insure a nice finished result

  • Nancy Tomazic Nancy Tomazic on Sep 19, 2015
    Aluminum foil usually gets rid of most of the rust. Using a wire brush might also help. Just to be safe, I would prime with a coat of Kills, or similar product, then do your finishing coat.

  • Sharon C Sharon C on Sep 19, 2015
    I have a small sander that I use.

  • Judy Clark Judy Clark on Sep 19, 2015
    I'd use a wire brush and then use a good paint/primer spray paint.

  • Sandy Hartnett Sandy Hartnett on Sep 19, 2015
    Navel jelly is the fastest, and easiest way to go! Apply, rinse off and paint!

  • Kay Sohler Kay Sohler on Sep 19, 2015
    We use a spray paint called Hammered, got it at Lowes.

  • Lesley Lesley on Sep 19, 2015
    Wire brush, then Hammerite

  • Carole Carole on Sep 19, 2015
    I would wire brush and sand it as it looks very rusty. Then use a paint on rust converter. This will seal the rust and stop it deteriorating further. That way it won't bleed through yor paint job. Then a heavy duty metal primer, followed by metal rustproofing paint. If you are going to do it then do it properly or you will be stripping and painting again in barely a years time. If you want the rusty look you can seal it and prevent it rusting out completely by using something like a rust sealer. Penetrol is good if they sell it where you are. You do need to ensure to get into every nook and cranny though or you will be wasting your time trying to seal it. Have fun!

  • Andrew Kaci Hili Andrew Kaci Hili on Sep 19, 2015
    Sand blast it so you get all the rust off permanently, then prime it and spray it!

  • Debbie Machmer Debbie Machmer on Sep 20, 2015
    if you don't want to have it sandblasted (best result) I would wire brush it, wipe it down and use PB Blaster...let it work, clean it off and then prime and paint. let us know how you make out with this project.

    • KL KL on Sep 20, 2015
      @Debbie Machmer Doesn't this make it oily? Even when washing it off. I'd be afraid the paint wouldn't stick

  • MertonKeith MertonKeith on Sep 20, 2015
    I would use a rust remover ,then a rust converter, then primer, and top coat of paint.

  • Maggie Maggie on Sep 20, 2015
    I had some metal things that were very rusty. I went to the big box stores and picked up Rust-oleum Rust reformer. Spray it on and your done. No sanding needed! Very easy and you can paint your item a color on top, if you so wish. Happy spraying!

  • Janie Janie on Sep 20, 2015
    I have had awesome luck with Rust-oleum!! I have also used Coca-cola.

  • Kris Kris on Sep 23, 2015
    Simply go over the surface with steel wool. Wipe well to remove 'rust dust' and steel wool particles and spray with Rustoleum. So many colors to choose from!

  • Karin Egdorf Karin Egdorf on Sep 25, 2015
    Sulfuric acid aka toilet bowl cleaner removes rust. smear it on. Steel bristle brush it using goggles and gloves and wash it off. Paint with Rustoleum. Cheap and effective.