Having a wrought iron fence in your yard can be such a classic feature. They seamlessly represent elegance and work to give your exterior an overall sense of sophistication. The thing about wrought iron fences though is that with time, they can develop rust and become pitted and the colour fades.


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Fortunately for us though, you can very easily paint your wrought iron fence! In just a few easy steps, you can take it from black, aged and rusted to practically brand new again. And maybe it’s time to give it some personality too. There are all sorts of colour options out there for wrought iron fences. Let’s explore the best way to paint wrought iron fence!


Getting ready to paint

First, before any of the prep that’s involved, you have to pick out your colour. A lot of people either go black or even white with their wrought iron fence, but maybe it’s time to go more contemporary. It might be fun without going too bold to choose a nice teal like Spotswood Teal. Another cool option is go a bit more golden with your wrought iron fence colour with Gettysburgh Gold. It can be a really fun idea to bring some punch to your yard by incorporating colour on your wrought iron fence.

Besides choosing your colour, there are some other things to consider. Firstly, it’s always best to try and avoid super hot and humid days when you’re painting wrought iron. Also, it’s not a good idea if it’s super cold out either. It’s probably best to think about this fence revamp either in the spring or fall months. Also, be sure to put some drop cloths down in order to protect the rest of the yard or porch from paint splatter.


Get rid of the rust and faded colour

One crucial step before you paint your wrought iron fence is to get off all the rust and old paint. One thing that’s really nice is that you don’t usually need harsh chemicals to clean your wrought iron fence. You can give it a decent cleaning with a solution of 50/50 water and vinegar. If there’s any mildew hanging around on your wrought iron fence, simply put a little bleach with water and give it a scrub.


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In order to remove the rust, old paint and any little sharp bits, you can simply use a stiff wire brush or 150-grit sandpaper or sponge to get the job done. You can even use a metal scraper if you have one. Just be sure to wear a mask and goggles to protect yourself. If you have a wrought iron fence that’s quite old and the rust is stubborn, simply use a rust remover. Evapo-Rust is a nice choice because it’s non-toxic and biodegradable.


Should you spray paint your wrought iron fence?

This is one question that comes up time and time again — what is the best way to paint? The thing is though, it’s basically whatever you’re comfortable with using as you can spray paint wrought iron fences or use a paint brush. It’s certainly easier and less time consuming to use spray paint. Using spray paint allows you to get into all of the little grooves of your wrought iron fence that a paint brush can miss or it simply takes a lot of extra time. Spray paint also provides a very smooth finish.

One very important step in this whole process is to use a primer prior to painting. And you want to be sure to use a primer that is specifically made for metals. Also, it’s usually best to use an oil-based paint when it comes to wrought iron fence material as well. It will hold up a lot longer and simply adhere to the iron surface in a more satisfactory manner too. The great thing is that you can use a spray primer as well to get the job done well.


Prime & paint your wrought iron fence

In terms of what primer is the best to use on your wrought iron fence, you want to make sure that it’s oil based and rust inhibiting. Tremclad makes a decent spray primer that was made specifically to prevent more rusting on metal surfaces. After you’re done spray priming your wrought iron fence, you’ll want to let it dry for 24 hours before painting it.

Then you’ll want to go in with your oil-based rust-inhibiting spray paint of choice for your wrought iron fence. To get the best results, you simply hold the can about 8 – 12 inches away from the fence while spraying. You also want to keep it moving and not stay in one place for too long. This technique helps to avoid too much build-up and splotches. Go over the entire fence in an even layer and let it dry. You can go in with a second coat after a couple hours if you feel your wrought iron fence needs it.

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