What is the best way to refinish a metal patio set?


I would like to use spray paint. Do I need a primer? Which is best? THANKS

q what is the best way to refinish a metal patio set
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  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 11, 2020

    Hi Amy, wire brush any rust off it and rinse it really well, if you use a metal spray paint like Rustoleum, you don't really need to prime it, but you can for faster coverage, there are lots of colors to choose from, pick your color and paint away! Hope this video helps you out


  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Mar 11, 2020

    Yes - you can spray paint this! It will look great! The first step is most important: get off all the dirt and flaking paint - nothing will stick to that. Then be sure to buy a spray paint intended for outdoors and metal. Often they have a primer built in. :)

  • Janice Janice on Mar 11, 2020

    Deb K and Frugal gave excellent advice. It will take two or three coats of spray paint to cover the mesh well. Several light coats are much better than one thick coat.

  • Clean it well and use a wire brush to remove any rust. Rustoleum spray paint will make it look like new again!

  • Gk Gk on Mar 11, 2020

    Deb gave you good advice for using a wire brush to get off all the old flaking paint. Steel wool is another good option to get the paint off. Rustoleum spray paint will work well. Do thin coats. Start by turning the furniture upside down and painting the bottom first.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 11, 2020

    Here is a site that explains how to use naval jelly.


  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Mar 11, 2020

    Yes, you can spray paint it, but make sure to clean it completely. Use spray paint that is made for outdoors and metal

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 11, 2020

    I would definitely prime. If you have access to a sandblaster, that would be ideal. If not, sand down all rough and rusty places. Then clean, prime, and spray paint. I would use RustOleum formulated for outdoor metal.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 11, 2020

    Clean the table with soap and water, let dry, then take a wire brush to it taking off all the rust and crust. It is better for coverage to apply thin layers of Rustoleum rather than any heavy ones, it also helps prevent drips. Let dry between layers.

  • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Mar 11, 2020

    I agree with the other posters, wire brush first then spray paint designed for metal and outdoors

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 11, 2020

    Absolutely. Please see my mesh patio set refurb below,

    I prepped-sanded, and cleaned the table and chairs let them dry and then used a Rustoleum universal —it has always been my favorite choice for professional results. The rustoleum spray paints often has primer and paint combined in one. The universal series has an excellent designed applicator- easy to use top spray nozzle that can operate in any angle.

    The before and after was a remarkable accomplishment.

    Best wishes with your patio set furniture rehab.


  • Dee Dee on Mar 11, 2020

    clean it really well, put down a plastic drop cloth or cardboard and turn table upside down.

    Get automotive primer, or Rustoleum primer and prime several coats. Let dry between each coat. Then get Rustoleum spray paint in the color of your choice. It works great, I did my table about 6 years ago. You just reminded me I need to do it again.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 12, 2020

    Hello Amy,

    First use a wire brush to remove all lose paint, then undercoat with an Aluminium Primer, followed by Rustoleum or other Spray paint for garden furniture (Buy from any DIY store). Always spray in a ventilated area on top of paper or grass you can cut incase of paint drift! What a difference that will make!!

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Mar 12, 2020

    I used a sprayer to paint my furniture. You could also just use spray paint for outdoor furniture. I would use a wire brush to remove any rusty or grime first. https://www.homeroad.net/2016/07/using-paint-sprayer-on-outdoor-furniture.html

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Mar 12, 2020

    Rub it down with steel wool to get off any loose paint or rust. use a spray paint for metal with rust protection!

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Mar 12, 2020

    I have two sets like this and I used Rusteleum paint to spray paint mine - I cleaned the dirt and debris off first then let it dry then painted.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Mar 30, 2020

    I would use a spray paint that’s made For metal and outdoors. I would sand it first and clean it really well

  • Use a paint sprayer with an exterior paint designed for metal!

  • Cindy Cindy on Dec 18, 2020

    Begin with a clean surface. Then spray paint your set. I'm sure it will take 3 or 4 cans. Maybe more. Rustoleum makes paint for this exact purpose. Good luck.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jan 04, 2021

    I would clean it and maybe use a wire brush to knock off rust and debris. Then use a spray paint. Most have primer built in, but your table already has a color so you shouldn't need a primer. Us a rust inhibiting spray paint - like Rustoleum brand or equivalent. Check label.