Wrought iron fencing is a job that is usually not that large in size but packs the preparation and work load of a large project! As painting contractors, we sometimes run into properties that either the homeowner or friend of a homeowner attempted the daunting task of painting iron wrought fencing. We applaud the brave man or woman that took on this challenge. However, although iron wrought fencing looks easy it is quite the contrary. Of course, not all iron wrought fencing is the same. Some have beautiful accents and trim and others just have the standard horizontal and vertical bars. Regardless of the details, the steps to a good job is pretty much the same. First, scraping and light sanding as necessary on the surface helps remove loose paint chips that can effect the performance of the new finish. After the scraping and sanding, it is a good idea to pressure wash the fencing to remove any excessive dirt and dust. Next comes the primer. The usual case of iron wrought fencing we deal with needs a coat of primer for proper adhesion. HOWEVER, if your fencing is not peeling excessively, then you may not need a primer and can skip to the finish coat. Remember, a primer in this case is for adhesion promotion. If the surface is not peeling it usually means the old coating is still adhering to the surface. In the case of rust, you will need the proper rust inhibitor prior to the finish coat. After you have applied a primer or bonding primer, it is time to choose a finish coat. An all-surface enamel does the job, but materials such as alkyds tend to have a longer lasting finish and dries to a much more harder and durable surface. Wrought iron painting is not cheap and you should be suspicious of any estimate that comes too low compared to other contractors. Wrought iron painting takes time and proper preparation for good results. It wont be cheap but trust your painting contractor and it will be worth your money!