Fix It Friday – How to Save Rusty Metal

If you’ve ever left a metal piece in the rain, or stored it under a previously-undiscovered leak, you know the sinking feeling of discovering rust on your beloved furniture. In this Fix It Friday we show you how to save your rusty metal furniture in 4 quick steps thanks to our very own Shay Collazo, the manager of our New York City location. (For a guide to New York City from Shay click here.)

Materials: WD-40, Steel Wool, Rags, and a Clear Acrylic Spray

Where: Best completed outdoors

Time: 45-60 minutes


Step 1: Spray the WD-40 on inside the outside of the piece. Do not be afraid to use too much!

Step 2: Scrub the rusty metal with steel wool.

Step 2
Step 2

Step 3: Wipe the area with a rag, and let the piece dry for at least 15 minutes.

Step 4: Spray two coats of your clear acrylic spray. Allow for dry time between coats.

Step 4
Step 4

After your acrylic dries for the second time, all finished. Your metal piece has been saved!

Metal is saved!
Finished Piece

Tip: If you have no outside access for this project, try following steps on small portions of the piece instead of completing the whole piece at one time.

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