How To: Refinish Rusty Patio Furniture

Refinish patio furniture to save yourself the trouble and expense of buying new tables and chairs for outdoor living areas.


Don’t throw out that rusty garden furniture. Restoring it can be a great weekend project. Use a wire brush or sandpaper to remove rust and flaky paint. Wash, dry, and then give it a good coat of metal primer. Choose a good outdoor metal paint and apply a couple of coats. Invest a little elbow grease and you’ve got something worth saving.

For more on deck, porch, and patio furniture, consider:

Anatomy of an Adirondack Chair
Care and Repair of Outdoor Furniture
Winterizing Your Patio Furniture