Do you currently have old ornamental wrought iron gates and railings around your home? If so, the iron may be rusting due to years of being exposed to the weather so that now it is in high need of repair due to ruining the curb appeal of your home. You can attempt to repair the wrought iron material by painting it on your own. Here are some tips that will help you get this job done.
Tools and Materials
There are a few things that you'll need in order to paint a wrought iron fence. You'll need a wire brush, bucket, sponge, and degreaser for cleaning the fence. Primer, paint, tape, paint trays, rollers, small paint brushes, and drop cloths for painting the fence are also necessary. It also helps to have gloves and a face mask for safety.
You must make sure that all surfaces of the wrought iron are free of surface dirt, paint chips, and rust. You can clean the wrought iron using a degreaser, then use a wire brush on the surface once it is dry. You can speed up the process by using a power tool that you can attach a rotary wire brush attachment to. Wipe down the surface to make sure that all debris is off the surface.
A primer needs to be installed to help prevent rust and allow the paint to have a smooth surface for it to stick to. Make sure you place down your drop cloth before you begin, and cover all parts of the surface with your paint brush or paint roller. You'll need to let the primer dry for about a day before you can move on to painting.
Mix up the paint can with the paint before pouring it into a paint tray. You can use the paint roller and paint brush to cover all of the surface area with paint. The roller is helpful to use on long sections of rails or posts, and the brush works best on curves, edges, and those interior crevices that are hard to reach. Allow the paint to dry for a day before it is ready to tough again.
Reach out to a fencing contractor, such as Canyon Fence Co, for help restoring your fence. They can assist with painting the material, or replacing the fence with brand new material if it is beyond the point of repair. Either way, they'll handle all of the difficult labor for you.
I still remember the day I realized that we might need a new fence. Although we had an older picket fence, our pets were able to escape without a lot of trouble. One day, our pet Sparky made it all the way to our neighbor's yard, where he was working on destroying his least favorite garden gnome. After paying to replace the statue, I headed straight to the fencing showroom to look for the right model and the best contractor. After meeting with a few different people, I felt really good about one contractor who had been in business for a long time. Read this blog for more information about fencing.