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You may be scrolling through online stores looking to buy a new metal plant stand, BUT instead of buying a new piece, why not try and revive your old one? We’ve written a handful of do-it-yourself articles for non-pros like you. But today we’ll be talking specifically about painting or repainting your metal furniture.

Pedal to the metal, DIYer. We’re going full speed ahead.

Paint Your Favorite Color on Your Metal Furniture

If you can, bring the furniture outside so it’ll be easier for you to move around and clean up. But if you have no choice but to paint it inside, make sure that the room is well-ventilated. Here’s a checklist.

Boysen Tutorials: Painting Metal Furniture | MyBoysen

Below you’ll see the steps on how to give your metal furniture a makeover. Follow the instructions so you get it right on your first round.

Step 1: Check the Condition  

Before deciding on how you want the furniture to look like when finished, inspect the previous paintwork. Check if there are problems you need to address first, like rust or corrosion. This is an essential part of proper surface preparation.  Click the image and read the article to help you solve corrosion on metal surfaces.

Common Painting Problems: What is Corrosion?


You also have to identify what kind of metal you’re painting, whether or not it was previously painted, and the type of paint that was used. This will determine the next steps. Check out these articles to know how to treat both new and old metal surfaces before painting. Click on the links and get tips and instructions.

Surface Preparation: New Metal Surfaces

Surface Preparation: Repainting Metal Surfaces


Step 2: Sand and Prime the Surface

After preparing the surface, sand it using fine sandpaper and wipe off the dust right after. Sanding removes any rough spots for a flawless finish.

Once the surface is free of any impurities, immediately prime by applying Boysen Rust-Off B-330. This will serve as a preparatory coating applied to your metal furniture to ensure better paint adhesion, durability, and additional protection, especially against corrosion. Allow 8 to 12 hours for the surface to dry completely before coating it.

Step 3: Paint Away

Finally, proceed with the topcoat. But before that, make sure to cover with tape the areas you don’t want painted or you want to paint with a different color. You may remove the tape in 3 days once the paint has fully cured and dried.

Use Boysen Quick Drying Enamel for the topcoat. This paint is ideal to use for interior and exterior metal surfaces, and is easy to use for non-professionals such as yourself. Just follow the instructions indicated at the back of the can and be confident in painting. You can do this! Here are the available colors you can choose from:

Boysen Tutorials: Painting Metal Furniture | MyBoysen

Wait for 8 to 12 hours for the surface to dry before recoating. For full curing, it will take up to three whole days so keep the metal furniture out of anyone’s reach for the meantime.

For cleaning however, do this while paint splatters are still wet because cleaning these up when dry takes more energy. Since Boysen Quick Drying Enamel is alkyd-based, use Boysen Paint Thinner B-0340 as your clean-up solvent. Follow this link for more tips.

Now that you know what to do to paint or repaint metal surfaces, line up the furniture that you want to bring up to date with just a lick of paint.

For questions, ask our ever so reliable Technical Team by calling (02) 8363-9738 local 417 to 418 during office hours or by sending an email to ask@myboysen.com.


Jess is a copywriter who brushes up on her paint knowledge daily. Together with Boysen professionals, she makes the technical stuff easier to digest. When she’s not writing, she searches the internet for the latest dessert bar.

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