Refurbished Metal Chairs ~ How to Spray Paint Furniture
Learn how to revive rusted metal furniture with a little elbow grease and some spray paint. Now that I showed you how to paint hardware, your ready to learn How to Spray Paint Furniture. This vintage chair is a family treasure, however over the years it became rusted, chipped and worn. I brought it back to life by scrubbing off the rust, sanding it smooth, and finally applying new primer and paint. Take a look at how it easy it was.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- A mask ~ work outside or in a well ventilated area
- Stiff Wire Brush or steel wool
- Sanding Block or Fine-Grit Sandpaper
- A Clean Rag
- Metal Spray Primer ~ I used a dark primer, but white would work as well
- Metal Spray Paint
- Clear Spray Lacquer (optional).
Prep the Furniture
Place the items on the cardboard. Inspect the pieces. To remove rust and peeling paint, use a stiff wire brush to vigorously brush the rusted and peeling areas. You will want to remove as much of the cracked and peeling paint as you can.
After you’ve removed the peeling paint and rust, use a sanding block or sandpaper to smooth remaining rough spots.
Clean and Prime
Use a damp rag to wipe down the furniture to remove sanding dust. Allow to dry completely before applying the primer. Keep the spray can 10 to 12 inches away from the furniture and sweep across the surface using a continuous motion and very light coats. This helps avoid paint drips caused by heavy paint application. Allow to dry.
Use a sweeping, continuous motion when spraying on the paint. Apply several very light coats to ensure a professional level of coverage. Let dry an hour between coats, then overnight to cure.
Optional: Spray the chairs with a final protective coat of spray lacquer for a shiny finish.
Tips on How to Spray Paint Furniture:
- Carefully sand any bubbles. The bubbles usually indicate that rust is forming beneath. If the rust isn’t removed, it will eventually cause damage to your new paint job.
- A small electric sanding tool can come in handy to remove the rust and paint. Although be careful not to apply too much pressure.
- Avoid spray painting on windy days.
- Caution: If the piece your working on is very old and already painted, the paint may contain lead. Use a mask to avoid inhaling any paint dust or chips.
Until Next time