IT’S COMMON THOUGHT AMONG THOSE OF US WHO DABBLE IN AND OUT OF DIY THAT METAL IS SOMEWHAT OF A RESISTANT MATERIAL WHEN IT COMES TO ATTEMPTING TO REFRESH AND RESTORE FURNITURE. BUT IT’S ACTUALLY MUCH EASIER THAN YOU THINK!
Spray paint is a hassle-free way to transform metal furniture pieces whilst still maintaining a long-lasting finish.
Fancy giving it a go? Follow our easy, how-to guide and get ready to re-invent your metalwork –
What you will need
Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer
Rust-Oleum Clear Sealer
Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch
Rust-Oleum Surface Primer
A range of brushes in different sizes
Move your chosen piece of furniture to a well-ventilated area and place on top of newspaper or a dust sheet.
As with any painting, ensure the surfaces to be painted are clean, dry and free from loose paint, grease and contaminants.
Top Tip! Previously painted surfaces should be abraded to provide a key. Inspect the paintwork, if it is flaking or cracked, use a wire brush before sanding.
Sand the metal surface to remove any rough spots.
Wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to remove any loose dust and dry off fully before priming.
STEP 5. Top Tip!
Apply two coats of Surface Primer to block stains, discolourations and irregularities for a smoother, more uniform paint finish.
If the metal has corroded in places, apply Rust Reformer to instantly convert rusting areas to non-rusting, priming the surface for painting.
Mask off any areas of the object not to be painted to make sure you get a clean, tidy finish.
Give the spray paint a good shake to ensure it is thoroughly mixed.
Using your selected colour, hold the can approximately 30cm from the surface of the furniture and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping with each stroke.
Wait one hour until the first coat is dry before applying another coat to deepen and even the shade.
Finally, leave it to dry for 12 hours and consider enhancing the durability of the piece by adding a coat of Clear Sealer to protect your handy work.
If you make a mistake or have dripping or bubbling, don’t panic; you can correct just about any error with sandpaper.
Simply wait until the paint is dry (allow around 60 minutes) and sand these back, then reapply the top coat.