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The iron fence outside your Northern Virginia home adds a beautiful touch of elegance to the exterior of your home or garden, but as time passes and the wrought iron fence begins to fade, so does the elegance and beauty. All it takes is a fresh coat of paint and your iron fence will look as beautiful as the day it was installed.
The first step to prepare the iron fence for painting is to gently scrub the iron fence with a wire brush to remove all rust particles. Some power drills have a wire wheel attachment that also can be used on the iron fence to speed things up a bit.
Next, sand the iron fence surface using a medium-grit sandpaper to remove peeling or chipped paint, while also provide a rough surface on the iron fence for the new coat of paint to adhere to. Then simply clean the iron fence with a clean, dry rag. Using a wet cloth to do this will introduce moisture back to the iron fence and can result in more rust or prevent the paint from sticking to the fence.
Use a rust-inhibitive primer on the entire iron fence, which is available in both liquid and aerosol form at most home improvement and hardware stores. For iron fences with intricate designs or scroll work, the aerosol option is usually best to ensure adequate coverage. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for drying time before applying an additional paint to the iron fence.
After the primer has completely dried on the iron fence, cover the primer with an exterior rust- inhibitive enamel paint. Again, you may choose from liquid or aerosol for the paint following the same recommendations as for the primer.
For more information on iron fences contact Hal Co Fence, Northern Virginia’s premier fencing company. Serving residential and commercial customers since 1981, the fencing experts at Hal Co Fence serve all of the Washington DC area, including Falls Church, VA, Herndon, VA, Lorton, VA and Nokesville, VA.