If you have a wrought iron fence, railing, patio furniture, home accessory, or other piece that needs a fresh coat of paint or an updated color, here are the steps for how to paint wrought iron.
Clean your wrought iron to remove any dirt, dust, cobwebs, and other items that you do not want in your paint job.
If you are working outside, you can wash down your wrought iron using a garden hose with a sprayer attachment.
Examine all parts of your wrought iron, even the under side, for rust and peeling paint.
Using a wire brush, clean all rust off of your wrought iron and remove any flaking paint.
Sand your entire piece of wrought iron to rough up the paint and allow the new paint to adhere properly.
Also make sure to smooth any transitions from places where paint has flaked off.
Start sanding using a coarse grit sandpaper and end with a fine grain sandpaper.
Wipe down your wrought iron to remove any sanding dust. You may also want to use your garden hose again.
Make sure your wrought iron is completely dry before proceeding.
Rust Inhibiting Metal Primer
Use specially formulated primer for metal that is rust inhibiting.
Your primer can be sprayed, rolled (using a standard roller or mini roller), or brushed on.
Make sure to cover any surrounding items that you do not want painted if you use spray paint.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for dry time before applying a second coat of primer.
After the primer has fully dried, apply a DTM (direct to metal) paint made especially for painting metal.
For best results, use 2 coats of paint.
If you painted furniture or other wrought iron that will be touched, allow the paint to properly cure before using it.