Restoring Metal Patio Furniture

Restoring Metal Patio Furniture Exposure to the elements can cause flaking paint, rust and corrosion to appear on your metal patio furniture. Since moisture is a primary factor in this deterioration, it can be particularly bad in areas that don’t dry out as quickly, such as beneath the seat cushions. With a little time and attention, you can give your patio furniture a fresh look and provide a layer of rust protection that will save you time and maintenance down the road. First, you’ll need to remove the rust with a Dremel rotary tool fitted with one or more grinding and polishing attachments; then you’ll prime and paint with a rust-preventing outdoor paint. Before you know it, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your backyard in your good-as-new patio furniture.



Step 1

Be sure to wear safety goggles or other eye protection during the following procedures, as particles of rust will be dislodged into the air.

Step 2

Fit a Dremel rotary tool with a 428 Carbon Steel Brush. Allow the tool to run at operating speed for at least one minute to discharge any loose bristles. Then start to remove the rust by bringing the brush in contact with the affected areas.

Step 3

Keep a light touch, letting the tips of the brush do the work. Too much pressure can break the bristles. Do not run the tool in excess of 15,000 RPM.

Step 4

For areas of deep corrosion, switch to a 952 Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone to grind rust down to the bare metal.

Step 5

Sometimes after brushing or grinding processes, burrs can form on the metal. These are sharp or raised areas that need to be polished smooth. If this occurs, use the 952 Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone to remove any burrs with the rotary tool.

Step 6

Once you remove all the rust and ensure that there are no sharp edges, your furniture will be ready to prime and paint. Be sure to use a rust-preventive primer and paint, such as Rust-Oleum, and follow the manufacturer’s directions for application.