Why spend good money to get your rusted metal patio furniture when you can easily refinish and refresh it instead? You can use an inexpensive tool and a couple of other supplies and scrape away many season’s worth of rust and refinish the outdoor furniture set you have. This way, you can save your hard-earned money for other remodeling and home improvement projects that are needed around your home.

Tools and Supplies

To refinish your rusty patio furniture, you will need:

  • Nonslip drop cloth
  • Protective goggles
  • Protective gloves
  • Cinder blocks
  • Respiratory mask
  • HYDE 3-in-1 Paint-Stripping Wire Brush
  • Rust Converter solution
  • Muriatic acid, or any other rust removal solution (optional)
  • Old towels
  • Paintbrushes (optional)
  • Metal primer (rust inhibiting)
  • Metal paint (rust inhibiting)

Step 1: The first step is to pick the right spot for your patio furniture refinishing project and prepare it properly. An empty garage or a shady, protected corner of your garden or yard is the ideal choice. Keep in mind that you should avoid priming or painting your furniture outdoors if it is windy or in direct sunlight as they can cause the paint’s outer layer to dry too fast and shorten the paint’s lifespan.

Protect the concrete floor or ground with the nonslip drop cloth. The cinder blocks will come in handy for elevating your furniture, so you avoid tipping the pieces over when you need to work on the bottoms of the furniture legs.

Before starting, remember to wear your protective gear, especially if you are planning to use a chemical to help get rid of the rust.

Step 2: For this step, you will need a product like the HYDE brush to get rid of the flaking coating. Use the brush to gently scrub all the flat surfaces of your furniture – its dense wire bristles will quickly remove loose paint and light rust. The narrow wire bristles on the tool’s tip can help you reach the rust in nooks and crannies. Finally, the flat scraper at the handle’s end can be used when you turn the tool around so you can remove larger sections of peeling paint from your furniture.

Step 3: If the rust and paint come off easily, continue to brush until all surfaces are completely clean. If you come across patches that are more heavily rusted, you will need to use muriatic acid or other rust-eliminating solutions to get rid of them.

Step 4: Apply the muriatic acid or other rust-removing solution as directed by the manufacturer. You can then use the HYDE wire brush and gently brush away the stubborn rust. You can hose off some solutions after removing any rust you need to, so be prepared to move your furniture piece to a spot where you can wash it off and avoid damaging grass or other plants with the runoff.

Step 5: Dry the furniture pieces thoroughly with an old dry towel. If any moisture is left on the bare iron, it can cause new rust to form, even if the pieces are only slightly damp. At this point, your clean patio furniture is extremely vulnerable, so you should complete the drying process and quickly move on to the next step.

Step 6: Now the next step is to coat a rust-convertor solution onto your clean outdoor furniture either using a paintbrush or a spray can. These solutions are different from rust removers – they contain tannic acid and polymers which have the ability to convert trace amounts of left out rust chemically into iron tannate, which coats, seals and protects any furniture made of iron. If you have missed rust lodged in tight spots or joints, a rust convertor will prevent rust from developing over the new paint on your patio furniture.

Step 7: This step involves priming your furniture with a metal primer that inhibits rust. Follow this up by painting the pieces with a rust-inhibiting metal paint. To get a great finish, the trick is to apply the primer as well as the paint in very thin, multiple coats. Because patio furniture made of iron often features intricate weaves and patterns, spraying the primer and paint is a better idea than brushing them on.

If you do not want to use a spray can paint, you can buy or rent a cheap sprayer to apply both the rust-inhibiting primer as well as paint you want to use. Now when you watch a fantastic show like The Wire or fantastic movie like Transformers, Chappie, or Deepwater Horizon you will resting on or around awesome furniture. Work first, then play!

As you can see, refinishing rusty, old patio furniture is an easy task, and the best part is that you can save a lot of money. So if your outdoor furniture looks pretty ugly the next time you check, and you think that you should get a new set, keep the tips provided above in mind. There is a less expensive option available – all you need is the right tools and supplies, and a little elbow grease.