How to Repair That Rusty Metal Outdoor Table

3 Materials
10 Hours
This little picnic table is so sweet. Who wouldn’t want to save it? Especially when rusty metal table repair is so much easier than you’d think. This table had been rusting away at my Grandma’s house for years. My dad thought it was beyond rescue. So, he added it to his scrap heap. But, I spotted it on a recent visit and realized could save it pretty easily.
I had just a few days and limited tools, but it was still a quick and easy job. So, don’t worry, you can do it too. Everything you’ll need can be found online or at your local hardware store. And the hardest part is scrubbing all of that rust away. But a little scrubbing isn’t too bad, right. Totally worth it when you see your new and improved table. So, let’s get to it!
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The wood was rotted ad broken from years in the sun and rain.
The bottom was covered in rust.
I used a stiff bristle brush and dish soap mixed in warm water to scrub away the loose rust and years of dirt and mud.
It took 5 cans, but Rust-Oleum Universal Paint and Primer, in this pretty blue, should protect this metal frame for years.
I used Common Whiteboard coated in 4 layers of Helmsman's Spar Urethane to protect it from the elements.
I also replaced all of the old rusty nuts and bolts that held the wood in place.
Looks brand new again!
Pretty easy update, right?
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  • Porche296 Porche296 on Mar 20, 2018

    I have a metal intricate patterned bistro set which has rusted and peeps on here have advised method you have used. Thank you! Wonderful job and something to be proud of!