How to Remove Rust from Your Swing Set: The Ultimate Guide

Rusted swingsets? It’s time for some spring cleaning, and there’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make your yard look great. If you don’t have the time or energy, then read on to learn how to remove rust from your swing set with minimal effort.

Rust is caused by exposure to moisture and oxygen, so all you need is a few basic tools and a little elbow grease to get the job done. All it takes is a little sanding and a few coats of spray paint, and you can have a swing set that looks brand new!

What is Rust?

Rust is a chemical reaction caused by exposure to moisture and oxygen. When there’s too much, the metal begins to break down and rust

When to Start

Before you start cleaning the rust off your swing set, it’s important to know when to start. The ideal time is when there are no leaves on the trees so you can see clearly.

Helpful Tools for Removing Rust from a Swing Set

  •  Sandpaper, 600 grit
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Paint scraper
  • Wire brush
  • Safety glasses
  • Metal scrubbing pad

How to Remove Rust from a Swing Set

1. Clean the swing set

Use a wire brush or scrub pad to remove dirt and loose surface rust from all surfaces of the swing.

2. Sand the swing set

Begin by sanding with a medium-grit sandpaper, then switch to a heavy-grit sandpaper for more stubborn areas that are difficult to remove

3. Spray paint

Prime the metal parts of your swing set using Rustoleum’s spray paint primer paint in satin finish, then allow it to dry before applying the next coat of paint

4. Apply Rustoleum’s spray

Apply Rustoleum’s spray paint in gloss finish, allowing it to dry between coats for best results

5. Final layer of paint

Allow the final layer of paint to dry completely before you put your kids back on it!


When it comes to removing rust from a swing set, the right tools and materials will make the job easier. Now that you know what you need, you can start removing rust from your valuable swing set.

But don’t forget to sand and paint your swing set after removing the rust. The painting process will give your swing set a new look, so it will be worth the time!

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