Painting Wrought Iron Fence
April 2010- Decorative metal fencing is one of the best way to bring beauty
to your home just at your doorstep. Decorative wrought iron fences, among
all, look beautiful more than the others and they are sturdy too. However,
over time, these wrought iron fencing might get rust and look 'not so
beautiful.' The remedy for this lies in repainting wrought iron fences. Here
are instructions for how to paint wrought iron fence to give them a new
Know about Wrought
Repainting Wrought Iron Fences
- Get rid of the rust on the wrought iron fence by gently scrubbing it
with a wire brush.
- Do scuff-sanding with a medium-grit flexible sanding sponge for
ensuring good adhesion of paint.
- Take a tack rag and dust off the iron fence. Wipe down the surface to
make it smooth.
- With the help of a rust-inhibitive primer, apply a coating on the
areas of the wrought iron fence that rusted. Also coat bare metal if
- Now apply a finish coat with an exterior rust-inhibitive enamel that
is compatible with the primer used.
- You can use spray cans to apply both- primer and finish coats.
However, where there are rough spots on the wrought iron fence (where
the rust was worst), you must brush paint.
- When using spray can for painting iron fence, keep it moving and
avoid holding it too close to the fence. This will give a more drip-free
surface, even smoother than when you use a brush.
- Other than spray can, you can even use a mini roller for painting
wrought iron fence. Follow by a light pass with a dry brush.
Tips for Painting Wrought Iron Fence
The above steps for how to
paint wrought iron fence tell you the basic steps to follow while repainting
wrought iron fence. However, there are certain issues that must be taken
care of while doing so. This will give you a smooth painted wrought iron
fence without any mess.
- When spray painting wrought iron fence, cover the surrounding things
that you don't want get painted like steps, plants, and windows. If you
can't cover them, better use a mini roller to paint wrought iron fence.
- Avoid using a paint-mitt. It leads to a messy uneven paint job as
painting mit tends to leave fibers behind. Instead use rubber gloves
covered with inside out tube socks. They work best for flexibility and
- Try to use a good quality DTM (Direct to Metal) paint. Most of them
come in an acrylic water base as well that dries to an epoxy like
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