Even if you invest in a quality patio furniture set, exposure to the elements can eventually lead to rust on your tabletop. A lot of people think that rust is irreversible so they scrap the whole set and buy a new one. However, you can easily remove surface rust and restore your tabletop to like-new, saving you money while also giving you a beautiful table once again.
Scrub the rust vigorously with a stiff, wire brush to clear off large patches of layered or loose rust.
Sand the area with a coarse-grit sandpaper to continue removing rust once you are no longer able to make gains with the wire brush.
Wipe the area clean, using a soft rag.
Apply a chemical rust remover to any spots that remain. Spray on the rust remover. Alternatively, pour it on and spread it with a paintbrush or roller. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Apply a rust converter to any lingering rust stains, if necessary. Brush on the rust converter for spot treatment; use a paint roller or squeegee for larger areas. Two coats may be needed for full treatment. Allow the area to dry completely between applications.
Spray the area with primer if you chose not to use a rust converter. Allow the area to dry completely.
Apply a paint that's designed for metal. Choose a paint to match the tabletop and touch up the repaired area. Alternatively, repaint the entire table a new color.