How to Prime and Paint Metal Outdoor Furniture

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How to Prime and Paint Metal Outdoor Furniture
Do not hold the spray can too close, or the paint will sag. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Ordinary metal outdoor furniture does little to invite lively gatherings and engaging conversations. Enhance the look of your metal furniture by refinishing it with a glossy acrylic coating. Before you paint, though, keep in mind that metal furniture is a poor candidate for adhesion, because it is slick and nonporous. Increase its adhesive qualities by applying a primer specially formulated with acidic qualities that allow it to etch metallic surfaces. Once the metal furniture is primed, apply a durable enamel engineered for exterior surfaces.

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Things you need

  • Water-based degreasing cleaner
  • Coarse sponge
  • Rags
  • Water hose
  • Painter's tape
  • Masking paper
  • Galvanised metal etching spray primer
  • 2- to 3-inch polyester paintbrush
  • Acrylic spray enamel

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  1. 1

    Wash the metal outdoor furniture with a degreasing cleaner, using a rough sponge. Rinse the furniture, using a hose, and wait at least two hours before proceeding.

  2. 2

    Cover all portions of the outdoor furniture that are to remain unpainted with masking paper, available at paint and home-improvement stores.

  3. 3

    Coat the metal furniture with etching spray primer. Maintain an 8-inch distance as you apply, or the primer may sag. Wait three hours before proceeding.

  4. 4

    Coat the primed metal furniture with acrylic spray enamel. Keep the can 8 inches from the furniture as you spray. Wait three hours before using the metal furniture.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not paint unprimed metal outdoor furniture, or the enamel will peel. Do not prime metal furniture with latex or acrylic primer, or flaking will result. Don't apply latex paint to outdoor furniture, as it is not durable.

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