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Painting a Railing Right

Step 1: Start by scrubbing all crevices and corners thoroughly with a wire brush until loose paint or rust is removed. Use a damp cloth to remove all grit and dirt. Then clean with soapy water and allow to dry.

Step 2: Place a drop cloth under the railing. Since wrought iron is a ferrous metal, you’ll need a suitable metal primer that will offer rust proofing. (Choose a primer as close to your final color as possible.) You can brush or spray paint.

Step 3: Finally, find a good quality exterior metal paint. Start application at the top and work down, brushing upward as you go. Watch for runs, and check your work from all angles to make sure you have good coverage.

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