How to Restore Metal Before Painting
Ready to repaint your metal furniture but not sure how to begin? Make sure the metal is in as good a condition it can be before you repaint. Here are some tips for removing rust and other marks:
- For areas with a light amount of rust, scrub with a wire brush to remove.
- For areas with heavier rust, use a wire wheel and drill or angle grinder to remove. With this kind of rust you may need to use a special primer that adheres well to rust (products: Krylon Rust Tough or Rust-Oleum).
- For areas where the rust simply cannot be removed, coat with a spray-on primer that turns rust into a paintable surface (product: Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer).
- For a smooth finish, follow up using steel wool or sandpaper.
- Once you’ve removed rust and you’re ready to paint, prep the metal with a RUST-INHIBITIVE PRIMER.
- To remove previous paint jobs, use sandpaper.
- To remove grease and oil, use a scouring or sanding pad (product: 3M scouring pad). Remove sticker and tape goo the same way but with a solvent.
- One method for removing tough rust or paint is to use abrasive blasting.
- You can use acids found in your pantry (vinegar, lemon juice, cola) to remove lighter rust.
- If you want to remove a lighter paint job but don’t want to ruin the metal underneath, try using paint remover.