A home’s entryway makes a statement, especially around the holidays when you have more guests. So if yours includes metal handrails that are rusty from exposure to the elements, here are some quick tips correct the situation.

Before painting, you have to remove the rust. You can do that with a cordless drill using a wire brush attachment, or you can use a chemical rust stripper to clean the surface. Once the metal is clean, the next step is to prime it to prepare the surface for the new topcoat.

You can find spray-on metal primers that work very well for the detailed surfaces, like handrails, but be sure to mask off surrounding areas to protect from any overspray. Finally, apply two coats of finish paint to protect the metal and keep away any future rust.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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