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Deck with black metal patio furniture and a grey carpet
Do it yourself

How to Restore Patio Furniture with Spray Paint

Has your outdoor furniture seen better days? Has rust set in and made it lose its shine? Or do you simply need a change and want a new colour for it? Learn how to restore it on a budget using spray paint.

Difficulty level: Easy
Duration: 2 days
Before You Start
If you don’t have a sander, you can use sandpaper to prepare the surfaces you want to paint. You can also replace the TSP cleaner with soapy water.
Person cleaning patio furniture with a sponge
Person applying self-adhesive film to a patio table
Person applying masking tape to patio chairs

Prepare the Materials and Furniture

  • 1.1 - Clean your patio furniture using TSP cleaner.
  • 1.2 - Cover up every part that you’re not painting:
    • Table: Apply self-adhesive film to the entire glass surface then trim the excess using a utility knife.
    • Chairs: Apply masking tape over and under the straps or weave.
Person sanding a metal patio chair
Person spraying cleaner on an umbrella support
Person brushing a rusted umbrella support
Person sanding a rusted umbrella support

Sand Down the Surfaces That Will Be Painted

  • 2.1 - Sand down the paint surface so the new paint can bond properly.
  • 2.2 - For rust:
    • Clean the rusted part using TSP cleaner.
    • Brush it with a thick-bristle or metal brush to remove as much rust as possible.
    • Apply a primer.
Person wiping a patio chair with a rag
Person applying paint on an umbrella support
Person spray painting a patio chair

Apply the Paint

  • 3.1 - Wipe off any dust using a rag.
  • 3.2 - Put your furniture on a tarp or drop sheet.
  • 3.3 - Slide a spray paint can into the spray grip gun then apply the paint.

Pro Tip

For an even finish, hold the can at a fixed distance, making smooth, continuous motions.


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