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It’s super easy to prime and paint metal furniture using a paint sprayer. I just repainted my vintage metal glider using a new super paint sprayer. You guys have seen me use my HomeRight Finish Max sprayer on a variety of projects.
I love that paint sprayer and now HomeRight has a more powerful sprayer. I made a video of this project and you can see the new extra power paint sprayer in action.
You might remember the glider I painted cherry red using spray paint a couple of years ago. That didn’t work out too well. Spray paint isn’t meant to be used on large projects. That’s my experience anyway.
A paint sprayer does a much better job, no splotchy paint. I debated about the paint color for the glider two years ago and eventually decided on red. This time I went with my other option…….yellow.
The glider is so sweet now. It makes me smile. I’m going to walk you through the whole process of painting and priming the glider and don’t forget the video. It shows the process a lot better than I can explain it.
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Prime And Paint Metal Furniture Using A Paint Sprayer
As you can see the spray paint on the glider didn’t hold up well at all. We added the 2×4’s to the feet after I did the painting and they never got painted. The glider sits really low and we added the wood to raise it a bit. I keep calling it the glider but it doesn’t glide anymore. The glider feet were nowhere to be found when I purchased the piece.
Wash And Prep The Furniture
The JTS gave the glider a good washing with the power washer. He loves using the power washer and it meant I didn’t have to work as hard.
The weather has been so darn hot here I haven’t been able to get outside and paint. I planned to have the glider project completed a month ago. It finally cooled down a bit although its ‘still close to 90 degrees here.
Anyway the hubby washed the glider a few weeks ago and I needed to wipe it down again. There were a few areas where the paint was lifting and I sanded those areas with the power sander. I clipped the photo above from the video tutorial, hence the text on the photo.
Prime And Paint Furniture Project Supplies:
Zinsser Primer (Amazon)
Sherwin Williams HGTV Weathershield Semi-Gloss Paint – Agreeable (Lowe’s)
HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra Power Paint Sprayer (Amazon)
The new sprayer is the HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra Power Painter. And let me tell you….it does have extra power. Even though it has more power the sprayer is still lightweight. The paint container is also a bit bigger than the one in the original Finish Max.
Applying Primer With A Paint Sprayer
This time around since there was a bit of rust on the glider and the paint wanted to chip I decided to prime before painting. I’ve never used primer in the paint sprayer so this was a first. The primer I chose for the project is Zinsser and as I usually do I had the primer tinted gray. I just think it’s a good color under any paint color. Easy to cover unlike white.
I poured the primer into the sprayer container. I filled it half full of primer.
Next I added water to thin the primer. Usually paint is too thick to work well in a paint sprayer so it has to be thinned. The primer is water based so I used water. If you use oil based paint it should be thinned with mineral spirits or turpentine.
The new more powerful HomeRight sprayer can handle thicker paints and sealers so your paint may not need to be thinned. I only added a small amount of water to the primer. Primer is usually a bit thicker than latex paint.
Only thing left to do is start spraying. This is the fun part. When you see the video you will know what I mean. Watching the paint cover the surface is cool.
I move the paint sprayer in a nice smooth motion from side to side and up and down. The Finish Max Extra has multiple spray settings but I found the setting straight out of the box worked for this project. The sprayer also comes with 3 tips for different types of paints and projects.
We set the glider on two sawhorses to make the paint job easier. I painted the bottom of the glider, let it dry, then turned it over to do the top side.
When I finally declared it glider paint day …… the day was a bit windy, okay more than a bit windy. I ended up with speckles of paint on my glasses, in my hair, everywhere. And some of it is still there. Today’s Tip: It’s better to paint on not windy days!
Applying Latex Paint With A Paint Sprayer
I waited a couple of hours for the primer to dry then moved on to the pretty part, the yellow paint.
I cleaned the paint sprayer in between priming and painting. Then I went ahead and filled the sprayer container with the latex paint and used the lid that comes with the sprayer package to keep the paint from drying out. You can store paint in the container in between uses.
I went through the same process as the primer when readying the paint sprayer. I did use less water because the latex paint was pretty thin to start with. The paint is HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Weathershield Semi-gloss Exterior Paint and the color is Agreeable.
It’s amazing how powerful the Super Finish Max Extra is. I know, the name should tell me that right?
Priming and painting the metal glider took no time at all. Drying time was the hold up. I finished the project and took all these photos in one day.
Cleaning The Paint Sprayer
The paint sprayer should be cleaned well after each use. You don’t want to wait a day or two or even several hours before cleaning or the paint will dry and be hard to remove.
Pour any remaining paint into the paint can and wash the sprayer container well with water. Next fill the container about 1/3rd full with water and screw it back on the sprayer. Spray the water until it runs clear. Take the cap, nozzle, and paint tip off of the sprayer and clean with the brush that comes with the sprayer. Detailed cleaning directions come with the sprayer.
Enjoy Your Outdoor Furniture
Time to sit down and rest. Isn’t this a nice spot? It’s under the tree just outside the workshop garage door.
The cushions I bought a couple of years ago when I painted the glider red are a mess. That’s what the outdoors will do for you. All of the pillows and the blanket on the glider are inside pieces. I’m on the hunt for new outdoor cushions but since it’s the end of the season I haven’t been able to find any. Maybe I can find some online cheap.
I needed to dress up the glider for photos so I went through the house grabbing things I thought would work.
I took a few photos under the tree and then some with the glider set up in front of my reclaimed doors in the workshop.
One of the prettiest parts of the glider is the little curlicue detail on the front apron. I’m not sure what it is made out of but it’s not metal.
I’m super happy with the new look. When selecting the paint color I pulled some really bold yellow paint chips and some mellow paint chips. This yellow is definitely on the soft and mellow side.
Want to see the video tutorial of this project? Just click the video below….
Prime And Paint Metal Furniture Using A Paint Sprayer
The Easy Way To Paint Metal Furniture
The JTS and I painted our louvered closet doors with the HomeRight Finish Max and it made the job so easy. Have you ever tried to paint louvered doors?? See our project here…The Fast Way To Paint Louvered Closet Doors
That’s it for me guys. What do you think? Better than the red? Leave a note and thanks for being here. Have a great weekend, Kathy
This post was sponsored by HomeRight. All project ideas, photos, and opinions are my own.