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How To Prepare And Clean Your Iron Fence To Get It Ready For New Paint

When you have a decorative iron fence around your yard, the iron of your fence makes its structure durable, but it can become weathered and rusted over time. To keep your fence looking its best, you should remove any corrosion and repaint it to protect it further. Here are some tips and instructions to clean and prepare your fence and protect the surrounding area so you can apply a new coat of rust-inhibitor and a protective top layer of paint.

Smooth the Surface

Before you can apply paint onto your iron fence, first, you will need to remove any peeling paint or rust formation on its surface. Use steel wool or a wire brush to remove patches of rust from the surface of your iron fence. You can also use a grinding bit to remove any thick layers of rust. If any rust is left on the surface of the fence when you apply paint, the rust will corrode further and cause the paint to flake off its surface. 

Next, use sandpaper or a sanding block to scratch off any old and flaking paint that is peeling from the surface of the fence. This will also smooth off any uneven areas or bumps to make the surface uniform-looking. 

Strip and Clean the Fence

If your fence has any paint that you want to strip from its surface, use a paint brush to apply a layer of paint remover from the surface of your paint-covered iron fence. Make sure the remover gets into all the creases and details of your fence.

Allow the remover to sit on the metal for the product's recommended time. You should start to see the layer of paint begin to react to the remover during the wait time. Use a wire brush to scrape the paint from the surfaces of the iron fence.

With a rag or cloth and mineral spirits, wipe down the surface of your iron fence. The mineral spirits will remove all traces of remover and paint and clean the metal without using water, which would cause the metal to begin to rust.

Prepare the Area

It is important to protect the surrounding surfaces from paint transfer as you brush, roll, or spray on the new layer of rust-protector and paint. This includes any surrounding structures, concrete surfaces, or vegetation. Spread down a painter's tarp, or attach painter's paper, cardboard, or newspaper with tape onto the ground and on any nearby structures to keep them protected from paint splatters or spray.

If you need to cover vegetation with a painter's tarp, first, spray down the vegetation with your garden hose before laying the tarps over the tops of them. This helps protect your vegetation from wilting in the sunshine under the tarp while you paint your iron fence.

Now your fence is ready for you to apply a layer of rust-protector and a new coat of paint.

If you feel you cannot do this on your own, contact metal work service companies, like Boss Metal Works, to help you with this project.