Painting Metal Indoor Furniture: Steps & Items Needed

Steps & Items Needed To Paint Metal Indoor Furniture

As the name suggests, metal furniture is a kind of furniture that is made up of metal, whose lifespan is near about 10-12 years if cared properly, but after a short period of time, you need to repaint your metal furniture. To perform the painting process on the metal furniture, collect the given items and follow the steps afterward:

Things You Will Need

  • Mask, Dropcloth & Safety Glasses
  • Rubber Gloves, Dish Soap, Water & Cloth
  • Towel, Vinegar & Fine-Grit Sandpaper
  • Tack Cloth, Plastic & Painter’s Tape
  • Metal Primer & Spray Enamel


After collecting all the items, now you need to follow the given steps for this process:
  • First of all, you need to move your metal furniture outside if possible. If you are going to work inside then you need to open all the windows and doors of your working area to provide good ventilation to your working area and also turn on exhaust fan if present. You also need to wear a painter's mask to avert breathing in paint fumes.
  • Now you need to lay out a tarp or a drop cloth and then place your metal furniture on top of it, also wear safety eye goggles & the rubber gloves before you begin your work.
  • You need to mix 2-3 tbsp of soap into one gallon of hot water and then wash your metal furniture to remove any type of grime, grease, and the loose paint.
  • Then you need to rinse your metal indoor furniture with some clean water and then dry your furniture by using a towel. Wipe your metal furniture with a cloth that is soaked in the vinegar or turpentine to remove all the grease and oils from metal. Let it dry for at least 30 minutes.
  • Next sand your metal furniture if the old paint is chipped or bubbles, or if you find any rust. You just need to sand it with the fine-grit sandpaper and sand until you see the smooth surface. Clean the dust which comes after the sanding process by using a tack cloth.
  • After that, cover the area of your metal furniture which you don't want to paint, like decorative elements or the seats, by using a newspaper or plastic & secure all the coverage with the painter's tape.
  • Now you need to spray your metal indoor furniture with the help of a metal primer or with a rust-retardant paint.
    Hold your metal primer spray 6 inches away from the metal furniture at all times and then spray in even up & down strokes to avert any bubbling & drips.
  • Let the applied primer dry wholly. Drying times vary depending on your selected metal primer, so follow the manufacturer's guidance recommended time to wait before applying the topcoat on your metal furniture.
  • Now shake your spray enamel can or the general-purpose spray paint to mix the pigment well. Apply this spray in the same way as you do with the primer.
  • Check the selected paint label for drying times. Wait for the first applied coat to dry entirely before applying the second coat of your paint. You need to check the applied paint by touching a hidden spot with a hand. If the color sticks your finger, then the paint is not dry wholly.
  • Finally allow your metal furniture to dry wholly before using it again. Some types of metal paints can take up to 3-4 days to dry. You need to know that, on humid days, the paint tends to require more drying time up to 5-6 days.
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