Transform metal outdoor furniture from old and rusty to sleek and stylish using this spray paint along with the most important spray painting tip you should know to achieve the perfect painted finish.
I like to buy new things as much as anyone, but sometimes it makes more sense to revitalize something already owned using spray paint. Spray paint is budget friendly, so easy to use and in the case of one brand of spray paint and a few good spray painting application techniques – a very smart money saving choice when decorating a home.
When you can spray paint, there is no need to buy new! Do you remember this outdoor dining table and chairs with sling seats that I spray painted?
What is the best spray paint to use on outdoor metal furniture?
I spray painted it and posted about it 5 years ago. The photo above was taken on the deck at my previous house.
Fast forward 5 years. Here is the set with two KUBU dining chairs added. I still have the end chairs, but when we entertain on the gazebo, I bring out two of the kitchen chairs to “up the style factor” of the space.
The spray painted finish on the table and chairs has held up perfectly. No peeling or chipping. The surface looks amazing and I have Rustoleum to thank as well as my patience to make sure I applied the spray paint correctly.
Last week, in keeping with my “use what I have” decorating philosophy, I used the same spray paint to restore two very large wrought iron patio umbrella stands that are on my deck. In less than an hour, I had brand new looking umbrella stands.
How to Paint a Metal Outdoor Metal Umbrella Stand
Here is what the metal umbrella stands looked like before I made them over with spray paint. Both are 20 years old. They were faded green with rust spots all over.
We keep two umbrella stands on the deck which sees sunrise and sunset. The stand on the left of the table is to block the morning sun from the table, the one on the right is to block the afternoon sun. We just move the umbrella from stand to stand. We used to have two umbrellas that I bought at Wayfair, but a storm ripped one in half. :-(
- Rustoleum Hammered Spray Paint in your choice of color. I used #210880 Brown
- Wire brush or 60 grit sandpaper
- Hot water and detergent mixed in a bucket
- Foam blocks and dropcloth
1. I moved the umbrella stands off the deck to clean with hot water, dish detergent and a wire brush to remove all the dirt and loose pieces of chipped paint.
2. Once clean, I put them on Styrofoam blocks that I save from packaging to lift things I am about to paint off the ground.
Best Paint to Use to Paint Outdoor Metal Patio Furniture and Accessories
I used Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in the color Hammered Brown. It is the best spray paint in all regards that has exactly what it states on the label, a hammered finish. I prefer the traditional style can over the newer spray top. You don’t need to use primer for either. Once less step. :-)
- Once the cleaned surface is completely dry, shake can well and spray a light coat over surface in all directions. Shake can a few times while you spray. Wait 5 minutes and spray on a second light coat of spray paint. WAIT another 5 minutes and touch up any areas that you missed.
My #1 Spray Painting TIP:
This spray painting tip is one of the most important tips I know to achieve a perfectly smooth spray painted finish. It is for anything you spray paint, not just metal outdoor furniture.
To ensure your spray painted finish on any surface does not wrinkle, you must apply the coats of spray paint within an hour. If you can’t get a second or more coat on within an hour, wait 48 hours to apply the next coat. If you spray a second coat on too soon after the first hour, the paint may wrinkle and ruin your efforts.
AFTER Spray Painting – Metal Outdoor Patio Umbrella Stand
Quite a nice transformation for about 15 minutes of effort.
It was very hot and humid when I took these photos. Having a umbrella to shade the table is a must. Now that the umbrella stands has been painted, they look much more cohesive with the decking.
I like things to look coordinated, they don’t have to be matchy-match, but at least look like they are part of the whole.
Now I have to paint the fish candle holders that we have sitting on the railing. The previous owner of the house left two of them. We have become very fond of them since moving to the house. I think I will be painting them to restore the look of verdigris that they once had.
Another great product to have on hand when you have metal outdoor furniture is WD-40 or a similar product like CRC that is a spray-on lubricant that removes rust, loosens rusty screws and more. These screws that hold the umbrella in each of my stands were covered in rust. A few shots of WD-40 and they were as good as new.