How To Spray Paint Metal Outdoor Furniture

And Make It Last A Long Time

With spring in our area, you may have headed outdoors to find your patio furniture is in need of a makeover. One of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to add style to your patio is by changing the color of your furniture to a stylish and coordinated one. Here’s how to spray paint metal outdoor furniture.


If you are in need of furniture, gather some quality metal furniture from a thrift store or garage sale for an inexpensive price. Be more concerned about the quality of the furniture than the look while you are shopping. Remember, with this tutorial, you can change it to any color you like, so don’t make judgments based on hue.

When you choose your color, remember to work with what’s on your house, in your yard or comes from your landscaping. Sure black and white patio furniture is very coordinated, but we have also seen great success with gray, teal, blue or purple.


Once you have your furniture home, give it a good scrubbing. Use a wire brush and trisodium phosphate solution to remove any loose and flaking paint from it. Be sure to work in an area where the cleaners won’t harm plants or flooring. After it’s cleaned, rinse it thoroughly with a garden hose and allow it to dry.

Remove as much rust as you can. Using the wire brush, briskly clean off the furniture. Pay particular attention to tight spots, areas that touch skin and corners.


Priming your furniture will allow the work you do to last longer. Get a Rustoleum primer made for metal. Lay a drop cloth down and start to spray your furniture. Apply light coats and let it dry completely before you add another coating.


Keeping your paint very thin, use Rustoleum enamel spray in your chosen shade to paint the furniture. Keep the nozzle at least 12 inches from the furniture and work in sweeping motions. Most likely, you’ll need several coats of paint before you achieve the color you are looking for.

Finish the Look

If your furniture looks great, but your patio, deck, fence or house is in need of some attention, call our team! We’re here to help you with bigger spring projects of staining or painting. Schedule a free, no-obligation estimate appointment with our team today.