Here’s all the information you need to know How To Refinish Wrought Iron Rails using POR-15 ® and how to get this high-end professional finish for yourself. I’ve created a YouTube video on how to use the POR-15® products and have included several helpful tips. Below is a supplies list of all the products I used. You can receive a printable version via email of the tips and supplies list by signing up at the bottom of this page.
YouTube video on how to use the POR-15® to paint your Wrought Iron Rails
My wrought iron railing was faded by years of humidity and the sun’s UV rays resulting in a chalky unappealing finish. I wanted a product that would give my worn 20-feet of railing a professional finish that would last for years. That’s when I decided on products from POR-15® and I was delighted by the outcome. This beautiful wrought iron accent looks better now than when it was first installed.
I used four products from POR-15®; the Cleaner Degreaser, Metal Primer, Rust Preventative Coating and the Top Coat. Here are a couple of things I learned that may help you as I used the products.
Easy to use. I used a 5:1 ration; 5 parts water to 1 part cleaner degreaser. I used 3 ounces of cleaner and 15 ounces of water which was enough for the 20-feet of rail. I left the product on for 20-minutes. It takes quite a bit of water to remove all the product from the rails. Rinse until you no longer see suds forming in the water coming off the rails. POR-15® Cleaner Degreaser manufacturer information sheet.
Protect plants that may be in the path of the spray with painters plastic. I used clothes pins to attach the plastic to the shrubs and a small tree.
Easy to use. Keep product wet during the 20-minutes curing time so that you get adequate etching. The product is easy to rinse off. The water runs clean and without suds within a few seconds of rinsing.
POR-15® Rust Preventive Coating & Top Coat
Product starts out a little thinner than paint. As the hours roll by the product begins to thicken (cure). This puts extra pressure on your brush and increases the effort to paint surfaces. At approximately 2.5-hours the product becomes a heavy pudding consistency and has to be pushed onto the surfaces rather than brushed. See quick tips below.
QUICK TIPS – Prep
- Prep your area with painter’s plastic and tape. This will protect surrounding surfaces from drips and flicking paint.
- Do not tape next to areas that will be painted. The product will weld to the tape and the tape could become a permanent fixture to your railing.
- Cover landscaping with painter’s plastic when using the Cleaner Degreaser and Metal Prep. This may not be necessary, but I chose to take the extra precaution.
- Keep the Metal Prep wet during the 20-minute processing window by respraying areas that are drying too quickly.
- Dry the rails thoroughly before painting. I highly recommend a high-powered backpack blower. 🙂
QUICK TIPS – Painting
- Submerge trim brushes in water if you’re not going to use it for an extended period (like going to lunch). This will preserve the brush long enough to use it when you come back. Do not attempt this overnight, the brush will not be pliable the next morning to apply the second coat. Use a new brush.
- DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT DIRECTLY FROM THE CAN. Exposure to the air will begin to cure (harden) the product in the can. Use plastic Solo cups as paint containers.
- Only fill the Solo plastic cups about a 1/4 full or the amount you can paint within the product dry time. POR-15® Rust Preventive Paint Dry Times
- Do not refill plastic solo cups. Once you’ve used all the product out of the cup, throw it away and get a new cup. DON’T MIX PAINT EXPOSED TO AIR WITH FRESH PAINT.
- Have a damp paper towel nearby to clean up drips or over painted areas. Clean it up as soon as it happens, don’t allow it to dry.
- Apply the product in thin layers.
- Over brush areas to get clean even layers and to float/even out areas where the paint has dripped or pooled.
- Watch the video for a demonstration of how to apply the paint. CLICK HERE!
QUICK TIPS – General Tips
- Know the dry times for the weather conditions you’re working in.
- Use a piece of plastic between the lid and can when closing the lid.
- Do not try to seal the can with a hammer. In my experience, the lid continued to pop off and the hammering began crushing the can. So, if you’re going to leave the project overnight, just press the lid down onto the can with the plastic in between. This will preserve the paint overnight. I was not able to reseal my cans when I’d finished the project. The lids continued to pop off and the cans were collapsing from the pressure of the hammering.
- Step back and marvel at the result!
- Cleaner Degreaser – 1 Quart
- Metal Prep – 1 Quart
- Rust Preventative Coating – 1 Quart (Semi-Gloss Black)
- Top Coat – 1 Quart (Chassis Black)
- Spray Bottle (minimum 24 oz.)
- 4 – Mid-Grade 1 ½” Angled Paint Brushes
- 4 – Trim Brushes
- Plastic Cups
- Painters Tape
- Painters Plastic
- Paint Stir Sticks (you can get these free at your local home improvement store)
- Paper Towels
- Paint Can Opener (can use a screw driver)
- Safety Glasses
- Duct Tape (if you need to tape plastic down to brick)
- Clothes pins (use to attach plastic to landscape bushes)
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