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How to Paint Mesh Metal Patio Furniture: 6 Easy and Fun Steps

Struggling with how to paint mesh metal patio furniture? This job is way too easy if you grasp the proper steps. If you don’t know how to properly take care of your outdoor furniture, the metal will get rusty soon. But don’t worry we’ve got you all covered up!

The easiest and most effective way to paint on mesh metal patio furniture is using spray paint. That way you can also go through the mesh and not cause too much hassle. Because if you use regular indoor paint on patio furniture, you won’t be able to reach the tiny loops of metal.

Let’s get started,

Spray Painting on Mesh Metal Patio Furniture Within 6 Steps

Spray painting becomes easier with Rustoleum spray paint or color oil-rubbed bronze. Now, off to the main question, how do you spray paint on your furniture?

You will need a few things before starting,

  • Sand-paper 
  • Steel wool
  • Plastic tarp
  • Wire brush
  • Gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Rag or Rust-Oleum comfort grip 
  • Primer
  • And of course, spray paint!

For the painting part (also, cleaning patio furniture mesh), it’s a must to wear masks given during this pandemic and it is also a good idea to work in a well-ventilated area. 

Step 1- Clean the furniture 

Clean the Furniture:How to Paint Mesh Metal Patio Furniture
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If your patio furniture has any sort of cushions or attachments, immediately remove all those. Spread a plastic tarp if needed. You can also follow while cleaning aluminum patio furniture.

Step 2- Sanding the furniture

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The key to great spray paint coating is sanding before the paint job. So, use your sandpaper and sand it through. You can use a ball of steel wool or wire brush if you want to. But using 60-120 sandpaper is always the better option. 

And then, you will set the sander to six. You can also get the furniture sanded by someone professional. However, it’s always better to use steel wool as it can smoothen rough surfaces.

Step 3- Cleaning excess oil and grease

Cleaning Excess Oil and Grease

Use a sponge with water and wipe off excess dust, and let the furniture completely dry before doing anything else. You can also use some mineral spirits in a rag to rub off excess oil and grease. If you are using mineral spirits, use disposable gloves and a mask.

Step 4- Spraying the primer 

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Use a primer that is specifically designed for metal and spray it. Make sure your spray is at least 12 inches away from the furniture and the paint is overlapped. 

You can use Rustoleum Universal (all in one) primer to coat the furniture too, like the name says, the universal primer can thus be applied to metal or wood. While applying primer, shake the can first, of course. Then, choose the area of the furniture that you want to spray the primer on first. 

Step 5- Drying the primer 

After properly applying the primer and overlapping it, wait for it to dry off. During this time, you can further inspect the primer to see any changes.

Step 6- Applying the spray paint 

Spray Paint

Now, comes the spray painting part, again, use disposable gloves and wear a mask. After that, shake the can, and spray it over the furniture, carefully and evenly. 

If you want to go the extra mile, you can do a double layer too. But, do not, ever, try to give the second layer of paint before the first layer is dried off completely. Let the paint dry completely and you are good to go!

Which Spray Paint should You use for Mesh Metal Painting?

Spray painting on mesh metal might seem comparatively easy but the paint plays a major role in the process. Here’s a list of our top picks for spray painting.

1. Rust-oleum protective enamel

Rust-Oleum is the go-to brand for professionals. It’s top tier because of pricing, quality, and durability. If you can apply the paint properly, it will last a long time. You can apply the paint by pulling its 2-inch nozzle down. 

How to Paint Mesh Metal Patio Furniture
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2. Krylon 

Krylon ColorMaster paint + primer contains their CoverMax technology making the spray paint number two on the list. Like Rust-Oleum, after the paint job with Krylon, the result is fast drying and the color stays for a long time. 

3. Dupli-color

Dupli-color has been in business ever since 1938 and has not been a disappointment. It is a great spray paint if you want to repaint your patio furniture. Using anodized technology, makes surfaces look shimmering and almost appear to color-shift. 

How to repair rusted patio furniture?

Well, firstly, you need to remove the rust or rust stains from your furniture. It may appear to look like it’s too difficult to remove the rust but actually, it’s not that tough. 

Mild cleaning agent 

To get rid of rust or to avoid rusting, you can use a cleaning agent to wipe away the early rust. Spray into the rusted parts directly and then after spraying, use a cloth to remove the rust.

Baking soda or white distilled vinegar

Using baking soda or white distilled vinegar is one of the easiest ways to get rid of rust by using whatever you have at home. It doesn’t require a lot of money, (or any money if you have them at home) and it is less time-consuming. 

Mix baking soda by using water. Or you can mix it with hydrogen peroxide if you have hard rust. Now prepare a thick paste. Now apply this acid-based paste solution by using a cleaning cloth or pad on the rusty surface. Leave it for about 20 minutes.

After you have finished taking the rust off, you can go through your regular way of spray painting on mesh metal patio furniture. In the same way, you should clean the cast aluminum patio furniture

FAQs on

What is the best paint to use over rust?

If your furniture has rusted over it, and after you have finished removing all the rust, the best spray to paint it with is Krylon Rust Protector Rusty Metal Primer. This primer can protect against corrosion of the metal better. Apply multiple coats to prevent drips.

Can you paint over rust without sanding?

Rusty Chair to Sad emoji face

Moisture, heat, and exposure to the elements can cause the paint to bubble, and eventually crack from the metal surfaces. Meaning, that you can paint over rust but it is a waste of money since the paint won’t last long. So, it’s best to paint over rust after sanding it.

Can I use rubbing alcohol to clean metal before painting?

Alcohol and acetone are very dry solvents that are better for cleaning bare, pure metal. The trick is to not apply any new finish primer or paint over a solvent that is not unevaporated. You should take your time and be careful here.

What are the best ways to apply paint to mesh metal patio furniture?

There are two common methods for applying paint to mesh metal patio furniture,

Brushing – Use a paintbrush to apply the paint in even strokes, following the direction of the mesh pattern. This method may take more time and effort but provides good coverage.

Spray painting – If you have a spray paint gun, it can be a more efficient way to apply paint to the mesh. Make sure to use smooth, sweeping motions to cover the entire surface evenly.

How many coats of paint should I apply to the mesh metal patio furniture?

It is usually recommended to apply at least two coats of paint for better coverage and durability. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next one. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the paint can for specific drying times.

Final Thoughts on How to Paint Mesh Metal Patio Furniture

I’m sure by reading all of the steps above, you probably aren’t as scared as before. Cleaning the furniture, sanding it, putting the primer on, and then lastly, spraying it. That’s all it takes and really it’s that easy. 

You are now loaded with knowledge for a nice furniture makeover. Don’t forget to make sure you are using proper precautions. We can’t have you harming yourself. 

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