How to paint wrought iron patio furniture

Written by april dowling | 13/05/2017
How to paint wrought iron patio furniture
Paint your wrought-iron patio furniture. (Wrought iron table and chairs image by Christopher Martin from

Wrought iron is a traditional choice of patio furniture; its classic, timeless style can fit in with almost any type of landscape or yard decoration. Wind has little effect on wrought-iron patio furniture, because wrought iron is extremely durable and heavy. Over time, the paint on wrought-iron patio furniture can become chipped and rusted. Painting the wrought iron can restore the appearance of the furniture, making it look new again. You will need to prepare the wrought iron before painting it.

Fill a bucket with warm water, and then add dish detergent to the water. Dip a washcloth into the solution and then scrub the wrought iron with the cloth to remove any dirt or debris.

Look for any rust spots or scratches on the wrought iron. Scrub flaking rust spots lightly with a wire brush until the spots are removed. Rust stains without flaking can be rubbed lightly with a very fine steel-wool pad.

Sand over scratches and stains lightly with medium-grit sandpaper. Apply metal primer to the wrought iron with a paintbrush, and then allow the primer to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Spray a thin coat of exterior-grade spray paint onto the wrought iron. Allow the coat of paint to thoroughly dry before spraying on the next thin coat. The final coat should be thoroughly dry before you use the furniture.

Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Dish detergent
  • Washcloth
  • Wire brush
  • Very fine steel-wool pad
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Metal primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Exterior-grade spray paint

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