Painting An Ornamental Iron Fence

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If you have an iron fence adorning your property, painting it can enhance the overall look of the fence while helping to protect it from harmful elements. It is not that difficult to prepare and paint an ornamental iron fence on your own. Here are some instructions to follow when you wish to give your fencing a new look.

Materials You Will Need

  • Paint scraper
  • Wire brush
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Pressure washer
  • Mild detergent
  • Piece of cloth or a sponge
  • Two tarps
  • Paintbrush
  • Rust-inhibiting primer
  • Paint

Preparing The Fence

Use a paint scraper to remove any flecking paint that may have been previously placed upon your fence. For harder to remove pieces, use a wire brush. The entire fence should be rubbed down to remove as much of the paint as possible before adding new color. This ensures the new color will not fleck off if older paint pieces underneath deteriorate. Sand any rough portions on your fence using a piece of medium-grit sandpaper. This will help remove any leftover paint, while giving your fence a smooth surface.  

Doing Some Cleaning

After your fence has been scraped and sanded, you will want to give it a deep cleaning to remove any sawdust that may be left behind, as well as any debris that may be on the surfaces. This will ensure there are no pieces of dirt stuck underneath a new paint job, making the rails appear bumpy as a result. To clean, use a piece of cloth or a sponge you had dipped into a bucket of soapy water. Pay attention to scrolling as these are areas where spiders tend to build webs.

Adding The Color

When adding color to an iron fence, it is best to use a brush as an abundance of paint will end up on the ground between the rails if you try to paint it with a sprayer. Place a tarp on each side of your fence so you do not get paint or primer on any plants or grass below.

Add a coat of rust-inhibiting primer to your fence and allow it to dry overnight before you start adding paint. This will help to keep your fence from becoming damaged from moisture. When painting, pay special attention to any scrolling or intricate pieces of iron, as the undersides often get overlooked in these areas, making them prone to rusting. Give your ornamental iron fence two coats of paint to ensure an even color, as well as rust protection.

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