Wrought iron has been used for furniture and other decor for centuries, and it is hard to beat its sturdy beauty. Whether you want to repaint a black wrought-iron table for indoors or for your yard, there are many colors available. Keep it black or liven it up with a splash of color, but make sure you take your time with the prep work. Painting wrought iron is easy, but you do have to use a good primer and paint made especially for metal. One you finish repainting wrought iron, let the paint cure for a day before using the table.
1. Wash the table thoroughly with dish soap and hot water. Dry it well with a shop cloth.
2. Use a wire brush to remove any flaking paint and rust. Wipe the table down again with a shop cloth to get rid of all of the dust.
3. Go over the entire table, including the legs, with 150-grit sandpaper to roughen the surface. This will help the primer to adhere. Wipe it down again.
4. Optional: Steel wool and kerosene will remove stubborn rust spots. Wear your rubber gloves, stay away from open flames and rinse the table thoroughly when you are done. Let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.
5. Place the table on a drop cloth, put on your painter’s mask and give the table an even coat of spray primer meant especially for metal tables. Let the spray primer dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions and give it a second coat.
6. Use long, even sweeps of the can to give your table a coat of finish paint made especially for metal. Let it dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and then give it a second coat if needed.
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