How to properly paint your railways. Painting your railings is a task that should be done once a year. Many house owners neglect it and this has as a result that the railings wear out. Also, their color wears out and shows signs of rust as the times pass. Summer is an ideal time for you to paint the railings of your residence because the weather is your ally. In case you are an amateur and this is the first time trying to renew the color of your railings, then the following moves will save you time and effort.
The moves in order to properly paint your railways
Clean the railings very well
The first step in this procedure is to clean the railings and it is very semantic before taking action into the paint job. You can take a damp cloth and pass the entire surface of your railings. By this way you are going to remove the remnants of the old paint and also the cracked paint. Wherever areas the rust is strong, one thing to do is to take a wire mesh and rub them well in order to remove it. Also, be sure to get a brush so you can remove the dust that will be created.
Apply primer to the railings
The primer is the appropriate material to prepare the surface of the railings for your painting job. Start by applying primer to all of the railings and especially to the places that seems to be more loose and there was rust before. Always try to choose a quality primer that is going to create the right surface for the good adhesion of the paint. Remember to allow the primer to dry for five to six hours. Then, the right action is to sand the surface for the best painting results.
Now, it’s finally the right time to start painting the railings. Apply your “first coat” of paint and let it in order to dry for about twenty-four hours. Remember to wash your brushes pretty well so that they are all dry and clean for your “second hand”. In the next day, you can re-use the sandpaper and lightly rub the surface of your railings. Then you can apply the “second coat” of paint. Let the the second coat to dry and then your railings will be ready.
These are some really simple moves to follow, so that your railings will be painted in an instant and also the result will exceed your expectations. There is no need to rush starting your work if you have not prepared the appropriate materials for it. Always remember to choose high quality varnishes and coat your railings with anti-rust primer, if you want to increase their durability. Prefer to paint your balcony railings at the early morning or later in the afternoon. It’s the high temperature during the day that raises the temperature of metal and leads to burn the paint.
The condition of your railways
New railings at home
- When the railings at your home are new, you must give special attention to their cleanliness. The irons, usually after their process by the machines have residues of oils. These are the worst enemy for your paint, as it causes the peeling of it. In this case, the steps you should follow are:
- Remember to wash the railings very good. You can do this with a thinner. The solvent will help you to get rid of the metal surface from any residue.
- Rinse with clean water. This is going to remove the solvent residues that would prevent the painting of the railings. Remember to use a good anti-rust primer, as the base of your paint. A layer of an anti-rust metal primer is going to allow the paint to adhere better and extend its life. Let it dry for about a day because it must be completely dry before applying the paint.
- Paint the railings using two thin coats of metal paint. That is going to give your new paint a longer shelf life.
Painted railings in good condition
In the case that your railings are painted and in good condition, meaning that the discolouration and peeling has not started, things are much simpler. All you have to do before the painting process is to lightly sand the railings, without removing the existing paint. By this way, their surface will become more brittle, offering a greater adhesion to the paint and avoiding peeling. Then you can paint the railings with two thin coats of metal paint. This will give your new paint a longer self life.
Painted railings in poor condition
The most time consuming of the cases that we examine is particular when the railings are painted but in poor condition, when you can see peeling and rust. The steps to paint the railings correctly in this situation are:
Remove the old paint from the railings and try to make the surface as smooth as possible before the painting process. This can be done by hand rubbing, by sandblasting or some special product. Then you should take a good look at your railings for any signs of rust. If you see rust then you need to remove it properly. An important reason for rust removal is the absorption of the primer by the metal.
A very time consuming part of the project, but one that has to be done. Take a durable wire brush and start removing the paint and rust. Once you have finished removing the rust, use sandpaper to smooth out any residue.
Make sure to take precautions to protect yourself by wearing gloves and goggles. Also a mask to protect yourself from the particles that are released when removing paint and rust.
Now after washing your railings with solvent and water, it is time to apply the primer. A layer of metal primer with anti-rust properties will allow the paint to adhere better and extend its life. Let it dry for about a day because it must be completely dry before applying the paint.
During the past mainly but also this days instead of metal primer, the well-known to all MINIO of the sea where applied for the protection of the railings.
Make sure you buy a paint that is suitable for metal surfaces. Not all of the colors are the same. Some of them are for wood, some for plastic or for metal. Paint the railings with two thin coats of paint. This will give your new painting a longer shelf life.