4 steps to give your garden furniture a new lease of life

Posted: 7th May 2019

Is your garden furniture looking a bit sorry for itself after a long, cold winter?

Well, this easy guide from Rust-Oleum will soon change that! In the process, you'll get the perfect chance to welcome some bright, bold colours into proceedings, which will make you the envy of your neighbours...

You will need:

A piece of furniture (wood, metal or plastic are all fine)
Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint
Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Spray Paint
Rust-Oleum Surface Primer
A dry cloth
Masking tape
Sand paper
Newspaper or a dust sheet


1. Move your furniture to a well ventilated area and place on top of a large dust sheet or some old newspapers. You may want to cover the surrounding area with additional dust sheets/newspapers to protect it from spray mist.

2. Ensure surfaces to be painted are free from loose paint, rust, wax, oil and grease. Wipe them down with a damp cloth before starting and remember previously painted surfaces should be abraded to provide a key and prep the surface for adhesion.

Top Tip! A good sandpaper or sanding block will do the trick.

3. Depending on the material of your chosen piece, prepping the surface with Rust-Oleum Surface Primer is always a safe bet, for example bare wood generally requires a primer to seal the wood prior to painting as the surface is porous. Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint will save you this step as it acts both as a primer and paint in one

Top Tip! If rust is a worry apply a coat of Rust Reformer to the oxidised areas sealing and preventing the rust from spreading, instantly converting rusting areas to non-rusting, priming the surface for painting

4. Using your selected colour, hold the can approximately 30cm from the surface of the furniture and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping with each stroke.

Top Tip! For best results, hold the can the same distance from the surface and keep the can in motion. Apply several light coats a few minutes apart.