Painting Rusty Decorative Ironwork

Whether you’re a first time homeowner, or simply facing challenges with maintaining your home, here’s a tip that can help.

Part of homeowner maintenance includes the upkeep of any painted surface. And if that includes rusty decorative ironwork, you know how important it is to refinish it as soon as possible to prevent the metal from corroding more. Here’s how to go about it:

  • Start by using a wire brush or a rotating wire drill attachment to remove all the rust from the surface of the metal.
  • Wipe down the metal with mineral spirits to remove any clinging rust residue.
  • Next, using a spray primer formulated for metal, coat the surface completely. Be sure to use a metal primer containing a rust inhibitor.
  • Allow the primer to dry completely before applying several light coats of finish paint. Again, a spray paint works best to adequately coat the intricate details of most ironwork.

This First Time Homeowner tip brought to you by Exterior Portfolio, Think Outside.

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