December 8, 2016 at 10:13 am

Metal railing was first used as a safety measure, but with time, it quickly became a necessary part of an interior or exterior decor, and a great way to keep this fixture looking clean and new is to give it a new coat of paint. Here are the steps to follow when painting a metal railing, these step can help you if you dont have money to hire a good and reliable painter.

Prepare the Metal Surface

Because some older paints may be lead-based, it is of great import to take precautions before you handle anything that you are unsure about. Wear a dust mask to prevent dangerous dust particles from getting into your lungs, and also put on gloves to protect your hands.

When preparing the surface, use a wire brush to clear away any surface rust. Ensure that rougher areas are scrubbed enough to level with the undamaged parts of the railing. Since rust has a tendency of making old paint bubble as well, smooth down excess rust beneath painted areas with a grinding sander.

With a sandpaper or medium-grade sanding sponge, smooth the rest of the metal and then clear off any remaining old paint. You can mask off any areas that you are not painting afterward.

Prepare to Paint

Wipe down the railings with a tack rag. The tack rag is slightly sticky, thereby making any remnants of dust to adhere to it as you wipe. This will make your railing surface debris-free and clean so you can prime and paint.

Apply Primer

The metal railing needs to be primed first, and the best type is to use a rust-inhibiting variety. It is also okay to spray paint as this will leave no brush marks and will ensure fast and effective coverage.

The paint should be sprayed in a motion that follows the line of railing, ensuring the nozzle is kept at approximately six inches from the surface. If you get too close, it will cause the primer to drip. Also keep your rhythm consistent till the surface is covered completely. A paintbrush can be used on areas where the rust was particularly harsh and also to ensure that the primer gets into every nook and cranny. Allow it to dry thoroughly when you are sure you’ve covered the entire surface.


After the primer has dried, use a tack cloth to wipe down the surface again. Now, wet the wet/dry, fine-grade sandpaper in a bucket of water. Rub down the primed railing very lightly. Don’t be too heavy handed so as not to sand off the primer. All that is needed here is to roughen the surface very slightly so that the enamel paint can have a good texture to hold on to.

Shake the can of your enamel paint for about 30 seconds, then apply the paint in the same way as the primer was applied. After the first coat, let it dry thoroughly. It is advisable to apply two coats of paint for extra coverage and protection. The wet/dry paper should be used again between coats so as to provide a freshly keyed area for the second coat. Use the tack rag to clean off excess dust, then apply the second coat to complete the task.