How to Remove Rust on Patio Furniture

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Things You'll Need

  • Wire brush

  • Naval jelly

  • Sandpaper

  • Rust-inhibiting primer

  • Steel wool

  • Clean cloth

  • Waterproof sealer

  • Aluminum foil

  • Coca-Cola

Remove Rust on Patio Furniture

As nice as new patio furniture may look, it tends to take a beating from the elements. Rust can easily form and diminish the appearance of outdoor furniture. Fortunately, removing rust is not as difficult as one might presume, and can even be done with household items. There are several methods for removing rust and protecting patio furniture from future damage. Choose the most convenient method below to keep your furniture in top condition.

Step 1

Brush away the rust with a wire brush.

Step 2

Apply naval jelly to the area where the rust once was.

Step 3

Once the naval jelly is dry, use sandpaper to smooth the area.

Step 4

Apply a rust-inhibiting primer and multiple coats of paint that match the furniture.

Step 5

Scrape away the rust using a steel wool pad.

Step 6

Use a clean cloth to ensure that all rust particles have been removed from the furniture.

Step 7

Apply a waterproof sealer by following the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 8

Pour Coca-Cola into a bowl.

Step 9

Dip a piece of aluminum foil into the Coca-Cola and crumple into a ball.

Step 10

Scrub the furniture until all the rust is gone, applying more Coca-Cola as necessary.

Step 11

Apply a waterproof sealer according to the manufacturer's instructions.


Applying a sealer on patio furniture may help prevent rust build up. Storing patio furniture out of the elements will help to prevent rust.

Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.