Paint a wrought iron fence in 6 simple steps
Is your wrought iron fence an eyesore? Is it dotted with rust and flakes of chipped paint? Constant exposure to the elements can do quite a bit of damage to the iron surface. Applying a fresh coat of paint is a simple and affordable solution to decrease the appearance of wear and enhance your home’s curb appeal.
However, if done incorrectly, painting a wrought iron fence can be a tedious task. Thankfully, the experts at Davis Fences—Hamilton’s go-to company for quality fencing solutions—are glad to walk you through the process. Here’s how to revive your wrought iron fence in just six simple steps:
1. Choose the appropriate day.
Make sure to pick an overcast day with light to no wind. Hot, sunny days will cause the paint to dry too fast, leaving brush strokes visible. Alternatively, humid temperatures will prevent the paint from drying.
2. Remove old paint and rust.
Use high-grit sandpaper or a wire brush to scrape away rust and flaky bits of paint. Applying fresh paint to a smooth surface allows it to adhere better and prevents it from chipping prematurely. Safety alert: make sure to wear a tight-fitting dust mask and safety goggles to protect yourself from hazardous airborne particles.
3. Wash and rinse.
Mix vinegar and water or use a mild detergent to get rid of any leftover residue, dirt or grime. Make sure your fence is spotless before applying any coats of paint for the smoothest finish.
4. Apply primer.
Find a good rust-inhibitive primer at your local hardware store and apply one to two even coats. Primer allows the topcoat to stick and prolongs the life of your newly painted fence. Once applied, let it dry thoroughly for at least 24 hours or as recommended per the manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Paint away.
Make sure to use a paint strictly intended for outdoor metal surfaces. Choose a colour that complements your home’s exterior decor and apply several coats for an even finish. If using spray paint, make sure to hold the can at least five inches away from your fence to limit the appearance of drips.
6. Finish with a waterproof sealer.
Protect your elegant wrought iron fence from water and moisture with a thin coat of sealer. Waterproof sealers minimize the risk of corrosion to better preserve the appearance of your metal structures.
And there you have it! In just a few simple steps, you’ve transformed your dull and damaged fence into one your neighbours can admire.
Trust the experts
If your wrought iron fence is worse for wear, you’ll want to get it repaired before you whip out the paintbrushes. Davis Fences offers fence repair services in Hamilton and Burlington, from minor cosmetic fixes to larger structural repairs. Dealing with extensive damage? We also build and install beautiful custom fences using high-quality materials for a secure and attractive yard.
Looking for a reputable fence company in Hamilton, Burlington or surrounding regions? Call Davis Kresak today! We’ll see to all of your fencing needs.