We’ve been talking a lot about upgrading the exterior of homes lately, and this post is no exception. I love old ironwork – specifically iron gates. There’s just something so regal about them. They really give the property a nice look . Unless they look like this “before” shot – in which case they look more like something you’d see in front of a haunted house! This iron gate has surely seen better days! If you’ve got one of these at your house, you’re in luck! Here’s how to spray paint metal like a pro.
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This iron gate had suffered years of abuse from the weather. Not a pretty sight.
As you can see, there is dirt, debris and rust all over. It was in serious need of some shaping up!
Step 1) Mask off all of the adjacent areas to prevent over spray. This is a very important step. Keep in mind that it’s easier to go overboard and cover more than you need to than to have to try to remove the paint later.
Step 2) Sand the gate with 220-grit sandpaper. As you can see, we wrapped the paper around a block of wood for the top surfaces – if you’ve got scrollwork, you’ll have to use your hands!
Step 3) After the metal is sanded down, get it nice and clean with Krud Kutter.
Step 4) Spray any rust spots with Rust Bullet. It cleans and prepares rusted metal for painting.
Step 5) Apply thick but even coats of spray paint. This is the one we used. How many coats you’ll need really depends on the amount of weather the metal has seen.
Voila! The gate looks like new! Isn’t it beautiful? I love the feeling I get when I can restore something like this to it’s former glory.
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