Why are you considering Wrought Iron Railings? – It’s been quite a few years since the Eiffel Tower, the largest wrought iron structure ever created. Since then the building material, in spite of being both malleable and durable, has fallen out of favour due to other vastly zmore modern ones. Even though it’s not nearly as common as it once was you can still find wrought iron railings in Oakville neighbourhoods. For anyone who has these as a feature of their exterior they should find out as much as they can about painting their wrought iron railing interior or exterior.
While many metals have bright, reflective surfaces, wrought iron is black. This gives it a very distinctive look, but also means that it won’t fit in with everyone’s plans for their home’s exterior. Paint wrought iron railing in a brighter tone is one way to have them blend in better with their surroundings.
From a more utilitarian point of view, painting these railings will help protect them from the wear and tear of weather effects, as well as undoing any damage that has occurred up to that point.
Preparing this part of your house is key before painting can begin, and the first step to that process is removing any rust. Rust begins to form when the iron railings are exposed to air, so it’s likely there will be some present. Using a stiff wire brush, remove both the rust as well as the old coat of paint if painting had been done in the past. Be sure to clear away any chips and flakes before proceeding to the next step.
Before you apply your rust inhibiting primer you need use a medium grit sandpaper to sand the entire surface. This will allow the primer to adhere better. Once the primer has dried sand it another time, taking care not to remove the primer, but merely creating a rough surface for the application of paint. The paint to be used for this project should always be “direct-to-metal” (DTM) paint. DTM paint contains a rust inhibitor which is essential in giving the railings two levels of rust protection.
Both the paint and primer can be purchased in aerosol cans, though doing so isn’t necessary for the project. Spraying paint or primer will mean having to cover up the rest of your exterior to keep it protected. Simply using a brush with a steady hand should provide your wrought iron railing interior or exterior with a similar finish.
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While there are certainly larger home renovations projects this will still take time if you want to do the job properly. With only two days out of the week with which to handle these sorts of things, maybe hiring a professional paint contractor is the better choice. Give Home Painters Oakville a call at 905 581 5881 and speak to our friendly staff about a FREE quote for wrought iron railing interior and exterior!