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A wrought-iron fence can add elegance and style to any property. But a chipped and rusted fence can make your property look neglected. Fresh paint can make all the difference in the world, as long as you know how to paint your wrought iron fence properly. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Before you begin painting, you need to prep the fence. First, remove any rust or debris with a wire brush. To speed things up, you can use a drill with a wire wheel attached to the end.
Next, sand the fence to remove any chipped or peeling paint and to give the fresh paint a rough surface to cling to. When that’s finished, wipe down the fence with a dry rag.
Finally, make sure you cover the area around the fence with a tarp. The primer and the paint can stain cement, windows, and vegetation. A good way to prevent ruining your garden is to water it lightly before you start. Water makes it harder for the paint to adhere to the plants.
How to Paint Your Wrought Iron Fence
Start by applying a primer that prevents rust. You can find a good primer in liquid or aerosol at most hardware stores. Aerosol sprays work better than liquids on wrought iron fences with small details or intricate patterns. If you use an aerosol, make sure you hold the nozzle a few inches away from the fence—if you hold it too far away you won’t coat the fence properly and if you hold it too close it can drip.
After you apply the primer, wait until it dries. Each primer has a different drying time, but between one and three hours is typical. Then you can apply your exterior rust-preventing paint. Like the primer, you can choose an aerosol or a liquid paint. Whichever method you choose, pay close attention to detail. Be on the lookout for drips and patchy areas.
Tips for Painting Your Fence
First, don’t attempt to paint your fence when it’s very hot out. You may see brush marks in the paint, and it can be dangerous to work outside in the heat. Second, complete the entire fence in one day. If you work on it in sections, you may end up with uneven patches. And most important, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Even if you know how to paint your wrought iron fence, you may want to seek help from a professional.