There’s nothing like a wrought iron fence to add a little grandeur to your property, but their beauty does require maintenance. Here’s a quick guide to restoring a rusted or chipped fence.
1: Use a wire brush to gently clean all dust, debris and reside off your fence. The keyword here is “gently,” because highly abrasive scrubbing can damage the integrity of wrought iron.
2: Apply sandpaper to any sections with cracked or peeling paint. Use a soft back-and-forth motion until the surface is smooth enough to avoid noticeable edges once it’s been painted. Do not sandpaper any areas that don’t need it! Remember, you’re going for gentle.
3: Protect the surrounding area by covering it with a tarp or tablecloth. Pay extra attention to windows, which will be a hassle to clean if they get sprayed, and plants, which can wither and die if exposed to the toxicity of paint.
4: Apply a primer to the fence. It should be rust-inhibitive for maximum longevity, especially if you live in a cold or rainy town where the elements are iron’s natural enemy.
5: Wait the recommended amount of drying time. It should say on the can how long that should be.
6: Apply your paint. Again, it should be rust-inhibitive, and you’ll probably want something made specifically for use on exterior enamel. Keep the can at least six inches from the fence when spraying.
How does it look? Good as new? Are there any areas that didn’t quite turn out right? Don’t worry, you don’t need to repaint the whole thing again: Just visit www.indital.com and have a look at their replacement industrial parts.