Best Way To Paint Wrought Iron Railings: Steps & Items Needed

Steps And Items Needed To Paint Wrought Iron Railings

If your wrought iron railing has become worn or rusty after a long period of time, a thorough paint job can give the old aging look back to your iron railings. Begin by abolishing any signs of rust and protect your metal with the help of a rust-inhibiting primer. Complete the procedure with a quality DTM (direct-to-metal) paint that is easily available at your nearby home-improvement store to give your iron railing an epoxy-like finish that can add years to your iron railing's life. You need to collect the given items to paint your wrought iron railings. Here is the list of required items and steps for this process:

Things You Will Need

  • Medium-Grit Sandpaper
  • Wire Brush & Tack Cloth
  • Painter's Tape
  • Drop Cloth Or Newspaper
  • Rust-Inhibiting Primer
  • Exterior DTM Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Foam-Tip Brush

Steps For This Process

After collecting all the required items, follow the given steps carefully to achieve the better result of your work:
  • First of all, you need to use sandpaper(medium-grit) to scuff up the surface of your iron railing and to remove away the loose paint and rust. You may need to use any wire brush to reach into hard-to-reach areas.
  • Next you need to wipe away any sand grit which comes after sanding process and debris by using a tack cloth.
  • Now cover the surrounding surfaces with the help of painter's tape, a drop cloth or the newspaper is also useful.
  • After that, simply brush or spray on a rust-constrain primer like the rust-Oleum. Allow your applied primer to dry according to the manufacturer's guidance.
  • Next you need to spray or brush on an outdoor direct to metal (DTM) paint. Start your work from top & work your way down to compensate for any paint that runs.
  • Next you need to block off the area, as needed, to avert anyone from bumping into your iron railing before it accurately dries. Now you need to remove the applied painter's tape once the paint has dried wholly according to the manufacturer's guidance.


  • Avert drips when using the spray paint by holding the can at a convenient distance from your iron railing, as specified on the directions, and by keeping in invariable motion so the paint isn't accumulated on any one spot.
  • When you are using a roller or brush then you need to wipe away extra paint or any drips in hard-to-reach areas with the tip of a foam-brush.
  • For inside operation, you need to ventilate your work area as much as possible and steer toward your paint-brush or roll-on applications for a less untidy process. When working outside, the spray-paint operation can be faster.
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