How can I paint a wrought iron railing without removing it?


The railings have sporadic decorative iron pieces, and were painted with auto paint originally

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  • Annie Annie on Dec 27, 2019

    Hi Patricis, You should be able to, just tape off any part of the stairs you want to protect. I'd be tempted to go with auto paint again.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Dec 27, 2019

    Hi Patricis, Here are some ideas I hope will help you get your installed railing painted. I would use lots of drop cloths. Good luck. How to Paint Installed Wrought Iron Railings | Home Guides ...

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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 27, 2019

    Spray paint will require a lot of prep work but will yield the best results. You can use a painter’s mitt for non spray which would be better than trying to brush paint.

  • Emily Emily on Dec 27, 2019

    Years ago I lived in NYC. Lots or iron railings there. I remember seeing painters using gloves (probably esp made for this purpose) to paint the railings. A lot easier than brushes or even rollers.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 27, 2019

    Hi Patricis,

    We have wrought iron railings on our front porch. When we paint, we protect the cement porch underneath and where it attaches to the house. Clean it well and use a wire brush to clean of any rust, then paint with paint of your auto paint. I love the idea that Emily posted and while I don't live in NYC, I'm going to look for those railing paint gloves in my area. Wishing you the best.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Dec 28, 2019

    Use an outdoor paint for metal. I would be careful to mask all surrounding areas so no drips get on your steps.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Dec 28, 2019

    We spray painted ours with Rustoleum black spray paint after putting down lots of drop cloths etc. to prevent splattering where we did not want it to spray. Hope this helps, Patricia

    • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Dec 28, 2019

      I usually use a Brush with the canned paint. It is less prone to drops and less messy.

  • Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! on Dec 28, 2019

    You can use spray paint holding a piece of cardboard behind it to contain the over spray.

  • Are they indoors or out? You’ll want to use an oil based paint either way but some are formulated for outdoors. Whatever you use, test it to see if it’ll stick the auto paint. Prep is key with masking and drop cloths. I’ve seen those gloves, they look like a lifesaver.

  • I've used outdoor grade spray paint