How To Update and Refinish Old Iron Rails

We had originally wanted replace our old iron rails but decided to update the old iron rails we already had by sawing off the old scrollwork, sanding off the old peeling paint/rusty spots and then spraying with a special rust prevention paint before finishing it off with oil rubbed bronze spray paint. It was definitely a great "for now" solution, especially until we figure out how to fix our broken concrete steps. For a detailed how to, check out the post!
Using a sawzall to remove the iron rails
Freshly sprayed with oil-rubbed bronze
Close up of rust and peeling paint free rail!!
Before of what the rails looked like
Crystal - 29 Rue House
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  • Dougal Dougal on Jul 04, 2016
    Trying to get to your blog post but blogger denies me permission
  • RySi RySi on Jul 15, 2017

    I am doing the exact same thing right now. I Used angle grinder to cut scrolls, then scraped/grinded/buffed the entire rail. Just sprayed rust reformer on the rail but wanted to see what you did for rust /paint?

  • Terry Terry on Jul 27, 2020

    How did you sand and remove old chipped paint and rust?

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  • Nancy Nancy on Jul 04, 2016
    Power wash your concrete porch and steps. My porch and steps looked just like yours. After a thorough power washing, they look so much better.
  • Marlene Haigh Marlene Haigh on Jul 16, 2016
    apply bleach, let stir for about 20 minutes then power wash porch and seal. It will last