i have a metal Emu in garden and it’s rusting. I would like to repaint. Looking for suggestions for paint type and colours.
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Emu12345. It's fabulous that you have joined us, and many thanks for your question.
You might like to add an image of the emu so our members can see the level of rust and offer appropriate solutions for painting it.
Generally, you would start by sanding the rusted areas back with 120 grit sandpaper to remove the bulk of the rust before coating those areas with Bondall 250ml Ranex Rustbuster Rust Converter. This will bind the rust and prevent it from continuing to corrode the surface.
To paint the emu, apply White Knight Rust Guard Medium Grey Metal Primer Paint to all surfaces, followed by White Knight Rust Guard Paint in your preferred colour.
I look forward to seeing the garden statue and following along with your restoration of it.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
That would be great if you could take some photos @Emu12345. I trust our members will be interested in the process of restoring your garden feature. Reach out if you need further assistance. We're here to help.
I just recently repainted an outdoor mirror frame which had started to rust out. I used a wire brush drill attachment and painted the worst bits with rust converter. Wiped everything down with sugar soap then used Zinsser Bullseye 123 which is a primer, undercoat and stain blocker. (2coats) Top coated with Semi gloss Dulux Aquanamel (3coats). A light sand in between coats and it came up looking great. The colour I used was Dowager Grey, which I think was a Taubmans colour. The Aquanamel will dry quite quickly, but needs to have time to harden. Preferably after painting final coat, leave in the sun for as long as possible to "bake" it. This might take a few days. Good luck.
Before and after
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @kacharash4. It's fantastic to have you join us, and many thanks for contributing to the discussion.
It's always wonderful to hear of first-hand experiences from our talented members. Your restoration looks amazing. Well done.
We look forward to hearing all about your projects and plans around the house and garden and would encourage you to let us know if you ever need assistance or have something to share. I trust you'll find loads of inspiration within the community for your projects as our creative members contribute their ideas here all the time.