Have you ever wondered how to get rust off of metal furniture? Not only do I know how to remove rust but I’ll also show you how to fix the metal too!
Greg and I went for a walk and saw two beautiful chairs in the trash.
Yes, they were rough.
Not just post-hurricane rough but a lot of years in the weather rough.
Upon closer inspection, the rust had eaten holes into the metal…like…bad.
Like…it compromised the structural integrity bad.
Greg shook his head with an emphatic, “No”.
I said, “Let’s keep walking and think about it”.
By the time we circled back, he had succumbed to my persuasion.
We finished our walk, grabbed the minivan, and picked those babies up!
I mean, it’s not much of a makeover if something is already in pristine condition…right?
So this is what the rusted furniture looked like.
Not bad, right?
There ya’ go! Now you are seeing what Greg saw.
And that wasn’t the only spot.
You’re getting a better feel…
But I had the faith!
I knew I had an ace in the hole…
A card up my sleeve…
A secret weapon!
Our friend Joe had told me about JB Weld.
Big shoutout to JOE!
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When I researched JB Weld further, I realized they had lots of products to do lots of fixes and they had just what I needed!
(By the way, this is not sponsored)
So I knew what I had to do!
I went shopping for SteelStik, the Original JB Weld, and for Rust-Oleum paint!
Then, I got to work removing rust from the rusty furniture!
How to Get Rust Off of Metal
Knowing how to get rid of rust is important. The longer you leave it, the longer it will eat away at metal like a cancer.
It could be on a car, a bike, furniture, a barbecue, etc. Wherever it is, the sooner you remove rust from metal, the better!
In this case, the plan was to remove rust from rusted furniture and use a filler to make it strong enough to use again.
NOBODY wants to sit on a chair and have it give out under you!
If you want to see it all happen before your eyes, be sure to check out the How to Get Rust Off Of Metal Furniture Video HERE! It’s quick!
Step 1: How to Remove Rust
I started removing rust as best I could.
I used a wire brush that was attached to a drill. It made the job so much easier than if I had to do it by hand.
When I had to remove rust from the finer areas of the rusted furniture, I went with a smaller wire brush attached to a rotary tool.
If you can remove rust down to bare metal that would be ideal. However, sometimes you cannot remove rust entirely.
Step 2: Rust Reform
When I had removed as much rust from the metal chairs as I could, I washed and dried the furniture.
So the question became not only
How to get rid of rust?
But also how to keep it away!
That’s when I used rust reformer to convert any of the remaining rust into a paintable surface.
Step 3: Fill the Rust Holes
I used a combination of the SteelStick and the JB Weld to fill in the holes as needed and let it cure.
If you smooth it before it cures, you will have minimal sanding after the fact. But I did have to do some so I used my rotary tool.
Step 4: Prime and Protect
A lot of spray paints have a primer built in but I wanted to give it a little extra protection, so I used a separate primer with rust stop built in.
The primer I used gave it a nice white primer coat so the final color would pop.
Step 5: Paint
I finished off the chairs with beautiful aqua blue spray paint and the chairs looked like new! You can’t even see that they were filled!
Let’s hit the brakes for a second and take a look back to what it waaaas…
Don’t forget we had to figure out how to get rid of rust…
Take a look at it NOW!!!
They are the perfect addition to the craft shed’s front porch!
I could not be more excited for happy that I decided to take on that old rusted furniture and transform it!
Now you know how to get rust off of metal. It takes a little time but it’s pretty easy!
And instead of throwing away rusted furniture, you can give it a new look and a new life!
This was a fun project and I think they turned out pretty amazing!
I’ve had several neighbors remark how much they like the chairs on the porch.
They have no idea they were a garbage pick and how rusted out they were!
Now I need some cushions.
Here is the big question:
Should I paint the table the same color as the chairs or a different color?
I’d love to hear what you think!
Drop your opinion in the comments!
I love to do furniture makeovers and not all involve how to get rid of rust, but some have presented me with that very problem.
Anyway, here are some projects I think you will really enjoy:
- Outdoor Table Makeover
- Glam Resin Table Makeover
- Quick and Easy Desk Makeover
- Kitchen Table Refinish
- Rocking Chair Makeover
For something different that I’m TOTALLY excited about, check out this AMAZING Cat Tree DIY and let me know what you would use it for instead!
Great Furniture Options
Maybe you don’t feel like tackling rusted furniture but you like the overall look. Here are some fun outdoor chairs and furniture that keep with the overall coastal feel and you won’t have to figure out how to get rid of rust off of metal furniture because there is none!
How to Get Rid of Rust Video Tutorial
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14 thoughts on “How to Get Rust Off of Metal Furniture & Fix It”
Wow! What a difference. Really cute chairs.
Thank you, Cynthia! It was a fun project!
Yes, same color! The chairs look amaaaaazing.
Thank you! My friend and mom were both saying the same color. Now I’m torn.
You saved a lovely set and gave them a new personality. Love them and yes table should be same color. Will give the extra pop look.
Yes, same color. But I loved the white/turquoise ombré look in the middle photo—. Maybe do the table a combination turquoise and white? Love you , Mona. You changed my life, inspiring me to start doing crafts again about7 years ago! Thanks ever so much for all you do!
Thank you, Mary! ❤️ You warm my heart! I’m glad you rediscovered your love of crafting and if I had a small part in that, I am honored! Fun idea for the ombre look!
Great job you are very talented! I would paint the table the same color so it looks like a set! Again-great job!
Thank you so much, Peggy! ❤️ I’m leaning toward the same color as the table too.
Those chairs are so pretty and well worth saving
Thank you, Kate! I agree. I couldn’t just leave them there!
Not sure how I got here but the videos and links of materials I need to fix my patio table and plant stand that has a mild rust definitely boosted by confidence. Wish me luck. hopefully I can restore those just like you did
Not sure how I got here but the videos and links of materials I need to fix my patio table and plant stand that has a mild rust definitely boosted by confidence. Wish me luck. hopefully I can restore those just like you did!
Well, I’m glad you ended up here and I hope you are able to save your table and plant stand. Mild rust, no problem! You totally got this!