Painting Metal Garden Furniture
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But don't worry: with our tips for varnishing metal garden furniture, you can turn even battered pieces of furniture into graceful pieces again.
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Just look around at the outdoor colours. We recommend the Eggshell Varnishes from MissPompadour. The perfect selection of great colour shades. Play the colour game when you paint your metal garden furniture.
Use the same varnishes as for wood or plastic to repaint your metal garden furniture.
Isn't that convenient when you want to give furniture made of different materials a new look? Our water-based and environmentally friendly paints are also ideal for metal surfaces. You don't need an additional protective lacquer. Our Eggshell Varnishes from MissPompadour are the first choice.
Which metal do you want to paint?
Only anodised, unpainted aluminium cannot be painted over. No primer will help there either
Professional tip: You can also use leftover paint to paint lanterns or garden lamps in the same look as the metal garden furniture.
What gloss level do you want on your furniture?
- Matte effect: Matte colour shades are less suitable for painting metal garden furniture. Matte varnishes are naturally rougher and have a lower varnish content. This makes them less robust and weather-resistant. They adhere less well than silk matt, glossy paints or special outdoor varnishes. If you still want to go for matt effects, then only use them on furniture that is not exposed to much wear and tear and is well protected from rain and dust.
- Silk matt/glossy effect: The glossy and silk matt colours and outdoor varnishes are the most hard-wearing. As already mentioned, our MissPompadour Eggshell Varnishes are excellent.
Painting metal garden furniture the right way: Instructions from MissPompadour
Step 1: SandingPainting metal garden furniture without sanding - is that possible?
Loose rust should be removed with particular care. Otherwise the rust will continue to blossom under the varnish and soon cause it to flake off again. For sanding, use medium-fine sandpaper or, on smooth surfaces, our Sanding Pad To Sand. On heavily textured metal surfaces with lots of small bumps and dents, a wire brush will work well. Of course, you can also use an electric sander with the appropriate attachments
Step 2: CleaningTo be ready for the first coat of paint, you only have to clean the garden furniture thoroughly from oil and grease. To Clean by MissPompadour also creates a grease-free, absolutely clean surface on metal and is a great basis for an even and long-lasting coat of paint.
This is what you should pay attention to when varnishing the metal furniture
Step 3: Masking offTape off the parts that are not to be painted or that are to be painted in a different colour.
Step 4: PrimingA metal primer provides solid corrosion protection before painting metal garden furniture.
Always apply a thin layer of primer. You don't need to prime galvanised metal, but if in doubt, it won't hurt. We recommend our To Block from MissPompadour for this.
Step 5: PaintingNow apply the colour of your choice. Make sure to paint rather thinly. Let the paint dry well and then paint over it again four hours later. This way the paint will be nice and even
If you paint metal garden furniture outside, the temperature should not drop below 10°C, even at night. The varnish hardens best at temperatures between 10°C and 25°C.
Step 6: DryingYou'll probably want to sit on it as soon as you've painted your metal garden bench. But it's better to wait a week to ten days before putting the furniture to full use. Only then will the varnishes and paints have dried and hardened optimally
In future, make sure that no standing water forms on the garden furniture. So put the table and chairs down on their side after use. Otherwise the paint may peel off over time.
Spray on metallic paint
It's much quicker, easier and, above all, more even when you spray the varnish onto the previously cleaned garden furniture with our handy paint spray system.
In the next few steps, we will show you exactly how this works and what you need to pay attention to
Cover the floor under your garden furniture with sufficient foil before you start, for example with our plastic drop cloth.
Step 1: Prepare VarnishAll our water-based varnishes are sprayable. First stir the paint well in the can. The varnish is ready to spray when it drips evenly from the stirring rod without leaving any residue. Now fill the paint container with the desired amount of varnish. Dilute the varnish with a dash of water to make it easier to spray. Then screw the paint container onto the spray head.
Step 2: Adjust the paint spray systemAs your garden furniture is on the ground, you will mainly spray downwards. Therefore, point the spray wand forwards. Now adjust the spray jet.
There are three ways to do this
- For spraying from left to right, set it vertically
- When spraying from top to bottom, use the horizontal setting
- For precise spraying, select the pinpoint detail spray.
Step 3: Test sprayTo get a feeling for the spray pattern, you should carry out a test spray. Simply take a cardboard box and try it out. Now you can also adjust the paint quantity until you get the desired colour jet
Professional tip: Spray at an even pace and keep about 15 cm away from the surfaces. When you have reached the end of the spray object, release the trigger and only then change direction. The best result is achieved by spraying in overlapping lanes of about 30%.
Step 4: Varnish the metal furnitureNow the tension is rising: you're ready to go. Turn the chair upside down so that you can start with the inside of the legs and the underside of the seat. Then turn the chair upside down and spray first the legs, then the seat and finally the front and back of the backrest.
Do the same with the table: First turn it over, spray the legs with the precise spray setting and then the underside of the table surface.
To do this, switch to the horizontal or vertical spray setting. Now turn the table over and repeat the same steps, starting with the table legs.
To provide your garden furniture with good protection against wind and weather for as long as possible, you can apply another coat after about 6 hours.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Painting Metal Garden Furniture
Do I need to sand metal garden furniture before painting?
If there are even small spots of rust or corrosion on the metal, there is no way around sanding. Only if the metal structure is still completely intact can you do without sanding.
Can I paint all the metal garden furniture?
Our outdoor-ready, water-based paints adhere very well to most metal surfaces. Exceptions are anodised, not colour-treated aluminium or very freshly galvanised iron.
Can I also paint plastic garden furniture?
Yes, that is quite simple. Often you can even save sanding. To Paint you proceed in a similar way as when painting metal garden furniture. You can find out exactly how it works in "How to paint plastic garden furniture".
Can I paint over painted metal?
The speed at which weather-related damage appears depends not least on where you have placed your furniture. Standing water on surfaces always puts a lot of stress on it. That's why you should put your garden furniture out in the dry in bad weather. How often you need to glaze, oil or paint your garden furniture depends on several factors and can vary between 3 and 6 years.
Any questions about painting garden furniture?
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These are the accessories you need for varnishing metal garden furniture
- Brushes: In our brush assortment you will find the right brush for every purpose. The narrow angled brush is particularly suitable for corners and angles.
- varnish roller: For larger surfaces, such as garden tables, varnish rollers are ideal. They give you a beautiful, even coat of paint.
- Paint spraying equipment: Our paint spraying systems from Wagner are the first choice if you want to paint a metal table, for example, and apply the varnish particularly evenly. Even hard-to-reach places can be painted well this way.
- Adhesive tape: A high-quality adhesive tape that does not peel off during painting and allow paint to run underneath is worth its weight in gold. In the MissPompadour accessories shop you will find a large selection in various widths and qualities.
- Sanding Pad : The MissPompadour Sanding Pad To Sand is gentle on your garden furniture and at the same time effectively removes old varnishrests.
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