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How to paint metal garden furniture

Furniture painted in White 01 Exterior paint

WordsMaha Elley


With summer almost in sight, now is the right time to start thinking about giving your outdoor spaces a bit of a spruce. One of the easiest ways to transform your garden without a big investment is by reviving your outdoor furniture with fresh paint. How, you ask? Depending on the type of material your garden furniture is made of, you may need to follow a slightly different painting process.

If your outdoor furniture is made of wood, check out our guide on how to paint a shed, as it’s a similar process for all outdoor wooden items. If your garden furniture is made of metal, you’re in the right place. Learn more about how to paint metal garden furniture and all the prep that goes into it.

What is the best paint for outdoor metal garden furniture?

Not to toot our own horn, but our range of exterior paint that works beautifully on metal garden furniture. Meet Lick exterior paint, a high-coverage range of paints designed to be used on all kinds of outside surfaces. Our exterior paints have all the pigment-rich vibrancy of our indoor paints, with the added durability and gloss retention needed to brave the outdoor elements.

What do you paint outdoor metal with?

Start by gathering your tools: 

How to prep metal garden furniture before painting 

Proper prep will decide how flawless your furniture finish will be. Here’s how to prep outdoor furniture made of metal before painting: 

  • Assess the conditions of any bolts and replace any missing or rusty ones. 
  • Kill any algae on your metal garden furniture with a fungicidal wash. 
  • Remove any existing paint flakes from the furniture so you have a smooth and even surface to paint on. 
  • Once all the above is done, clean and dry the surface before painting. 
  • If working with ferrous metals, apply a special metal primer before painting.

How to paint metal garden furniture 

  • First, pick a dry day for painting. Although our exterior paint is designed to be weather-resistant, it needs its initial drying time before it can be exposed to rainwater. 
  • When it comes to priming, the process differs a bit depending on the type of metal you’re working with. If it’s ferrous, you’ll need a metal primer. If your garden furniture is made of non-ferrous metals, you can apply our exterior paint directly without priming.
  • Painting on galvanised steel? Expose it to outside elements for a couple of months before painting, then apply directly without priming.
  • We recommend applying two coats of exterior paint to your garden furniture, even if you see great coverage in just one. That second coat will add durability and longevity to your paint job.  
  • Note, if you’re using Lick exterior paint, you won’t need to use any varnish as it’s designed to be durable and retain gloss.

Furniture painted in White 01 Exterior paint