Refinishing patio furniture, paint or stain first?
I am refinishing my patio furniture. It has metal legs and arms with wooden slats for back and seat. I am going to stain the wood and paint the metal. Which should I do first paint or stain? I am using deck stain and I do not plan to put anything else on top of the stain. The paint is RustOleum and oil based. Additionally the rivets holding the wood to the metal have rusted. I sanded them and they came surprisingly clean - should I still paint over them just to make sure they don't rust again?