How To Stop Rust On Metal Furniture: 4 Tips For Rust Prevention

You’re in complete love with your brand-new 1930’s metal lawn chairs with white filigree purchase, for your outdoor space – and why wouldn’t you be, you’ve waited a long time for it to finally be delivered! But, how do you prevent rust on outdoor furniture when they live outside and are exposed to the typical British weather? Fear not! You can find a few handy and useful methods below to prevent rusting:

  1. Keep It Dry

The unpredictable British weather brings brilliant sunshine and sticky hot days, along with sudden and unwanted downpours. To protect your garden furniture from rust, it’s important to try keep it dry. If you do accidentally leave it out in the rain, ensure you wipe off any excess water with a dry rag. What’s more, there are also a few other methods you can take to keep metal from rusting outside, in order to keep possessions dry:

  • Keep It Covered

If you’re not always around to run out and dry off your furniture, an easy way of protecting your metal outdoor furniture from rusting is to keep them covered and protected from wet weather. This goes for all of your metal objects too – make sure you store them somewhere dry to reduce the chance of them coming into contact with water.

  • Make Use of That Storage Space

You brought new outdoor furniture to look picturesque outside, but if you want it to remain in tip top condition, you may have to bring them inside or make use of the garden shed to prevent the metal from rusting and keep them protected. The same applies for any other metal objects you own, such as expensive tools. It may be time to invest in a sturdy toolbox to keep them stored and protected from water.

  1. Use Paste Wax

If you haven’t got a shed or the time to keep on top of drying your patio furniture or metal outdoor objects, we’ve got another solution for you – paste wax. Thanks to its water-resistant qualities, paste wax can prevent rust and safeguard any metal.

First, you will need to remove any dust from the metal by wiping with a dry cloth. Next, you should clean with a moist cloth to remove any stubborn residue. Once dry, use a wide paint brush to apply the paste wax all over the surface of the metal.

Be careful and ensure you apply the wax into every nook and cranny of the metal object to ensure that it is fully protected. Once you’ve applied the paste wax over the surface, set the object aside to completely dry off before using again.

  1. Regular Use of Grease

Grease is the word. Applying a thin layer of grease will prevent rust as it leaves a protective layer to safeguard the metal from water. By treating metallic surfaces with grease, you can prevent rusting from ever occurring again. Job done!

  1. WD-40 Multi-Use

You may have read our blogs about removing rust, but did you know that our WD-40 Multi-Use range can also be used for rust-proofing? The unique, quick-dry formula leaves a thin, clear coating when you apply it to the surface. After leaving the rust prevention spray to dry for a few minutes, the water-resistant coating is ready to protect your metal surfaces from rust and corrosion.

We recommend that you try WD-40® Flexible Straw System for accurate rust-proofing as the bendable straw allows greater precision when applying the spray in hard-to-reach areas.

Pro-Tip: Looking to prevent rust on chrome, stainless steel or iron? WD-40 Multi-use product can be used to treat all types of metals, so you can be rest assured that your metallic objects are protected from rusting and corrosion all year round.

Now that you’ve discovered our top ways to prevent rusting and you have rust-free metal garden furniture, why not find out how to service your lawnmower or maintain your wheelbarrow? You can use WD-40 Multi-Use products on many household items to treat or prevent rust. For more DIY advice, why not explore our blog?


The uses shown and described for WD-40 Multi-Use Product were provided to WD-40 Company by the users themselves. These uses haven’t been tested by WD-40 Company and do not constitute a recommendation of suggestion for use by WD-40 Company. Common sense should be exercised whenever using WD-40 Company products. Always follow the instructions and take heed of any warnings printed on the packaging.

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