Giving Your Ornamental Fence A New Color

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If you have decorative ornamental fencing adorning your property, you may have thought about giving it a coating of paint to enhance its look. When painting iron fencing, there are a few steps you will need to follow to get the desired results. Here are some steps to follow when painting an ornamental iron fence on your own.

Clean The Fence

Clean the entire fence with a pressure washer or garden hose. You can add a mild detergent to a piece of cloth and wipe down each portion of the fence by hand to help remove any grime from the surface. Make sure to pay attention to scrolled areas as these are often a great hiding spot for spiders. Cleaning the fence in its entirety will help you notice areas that are in need of special attention from rusting.

Prepare The Surface

If the fence was previously painted, the old paint should be scraped off before adding a new color. This will ensure the old paint does not fleck off of the iron fence after the new color is added, making it necessary for repeat touch-up jobs. Use a wire brush to scrape down the surfaces of the iron fence, making sure to remove any spots with bubbled or cracked paint in its entirety. Afterwards, use a piece of medium or fine-grit sandpaper to sand down the rails, scrolls and spires by hand. This will remove any paint remnants and will leave your fence with smooth surfaces. Rinse the fence once again to remove fine dust from the sandpaper.

If the fence was not previously painted, an inspection of the iron should be made so you can remove any areas with rust before adding color. Remove rusted portions by scraping with the wire brush and sanding down afterward.

Add The Color

Place a tarp on the ground on each side of the fence to help protect grass or plants in the area. A sprayer can be used to apply primer and coloring for the bulk of the fence. Scrolled areas would need to be painted with a small paintbrush or roller to ensure the primer and paint will cover all surfaces. 

Use a rust-inhibiting primer on the entire fence before adding paint. Two coatings would give the iron fence enough protection to keep rust from forming underneath paint. Make sure to dry the primer between each coating. When the primer is dry, start adding your paint. Add two coats of paint, drying between each one. 

To learn more about fencing, contact a company like Carter Fence

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4 November 2015

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