In the course of homeownership, one thing that may eventually come up is the kind of fence that is going to be around your fence, presuming that you have any kind of fence around your home that is.
There are many kinds of fences that you can have installed around your home and of course not all of them are the same — and if you happen to have an iron fence, you might want to paint it to both improve the look of it as well as give it a longer life.
The painting of a fence is a rather messy matter, and if you are not careful when you are painting there’s a good possibility that you’re going to make a mess near the fence as well as getting your fence painted.
The good news for you is that you can absolutely paint your fence without making too much of a mess if you are careful in protecting the area first — and there are things you can do to better protect your iron fence.
These things include protective materials like plastic tarps which will cover the ground well and maybe even the plants near your home — as those are not going to be the easiest things to clean.
The painting of your fence is also something that requires you to have a clean area in the vicinity of the fence before you start the painting process.
The reason that this is as important as we are making it out to be is that if you start with a messy area near your fence, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to properly paint your fence without getting debris onto it.
While you are cleaning the area near your fence, you should also take the time to clean the fence itself — particularly if your fence has rust on it at all, or even mold.
There are times of the year that are good for painting your iron fence as well as times that are less than ideal.
If for example, you see in the forecast that it is going to rain you are not going to want to paint at that particular time because you are going to need to allow the paint to dry before you further paint, and it is also never good to paint on a wet surface.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to paint on days that are not too hot — this would lead to the paint drying too quickly.
There is one step that people will skip on occasion and that is not a good thing — the use of a primer before you apply the first coat of paint.
The primer that you apply to the fence is going to be much better for the painting process insofar as it is smooth and it is good for adhesion — a primer coat is better than a bare metal fence as far as adhesion goes.
You’re going to want to make sure that the primer that you apply to your fence is fully primed and dried before you move onto the next step in the painting process.
Lastly, you should think about the process of painting your iron fence as one that takes several steps and after each step — just about each one of them, that is — you’re going to need to allow time for your fence to dry.
This is going to be after you initially clean your fence after you apply the coat of primer, and after each coat of paint.
Not waiting long enough can have extreme ramifications on your iron fence.