Having a new fence built

We are demolishing our older house and building a new modern house. Our old fence won't look that good with a modern house, so we are searching for a sleek, modern fence to complement the new house. It's quite fun to shop for the new house and see how the different fence styles might look with the new house. This blog has some inspiration for other home owners looking to get a new fence installed. We have a range of materials, styles and fencing techniques on display on this blog. I hope you will find it useful when looking for a new fence.

Cast Iron Fences | 4 DIY Painting Actions To Uplift The Visual Appeal Of Your Fencing


Cast iron fences are gorgeous additions to any modern or traditionally designed home, but they can start to look dull and timeworn after a little while. Paint may crack or rust may start to form because of constant weathering. Luckily, some DIY painting actions can help you uplift the visual appeal of the cast iron fences around your home.

Bring Together All Vital Supplies

Preparation is key to a thorough fence painting job, so your first action is to bring together all of your supplies for this task. You will need metal-friendly paint for your cast iron fences. Other supplies necessary are paintbrushes, rust primer, a hard-bristled brush and tarp sheets. These items are all available at any home improvement or paint store. Rust primer is a good way to ensure that your cast iron fence doesn't corrode as easily over time and allow the metal-friendly paint to adhere better to the surface. Metal-friendly paint is designed to withstand weathering.

Scrape Off Cracked Paint and Rust With Hard-Bristled Brush And Vinegar

Place the tarp below your cast iron fence to prevent paint from hurting your pathway or grass. With a hard-bristled brush dipped in vinegar, start scraping the fence to remove cracked paint and rust from the surface. Vinegar is an acidic liquid, which reacts with the rust to lift it off the surface. Once done, wash the fence with a hose to remove the loose rust, dirt and vinegar from it. Let it dry completely.

Cover The Fence With A Rust Priming Solution

Apply the rust priming solution to the surface of your cast iron fence using a cloth. Make sure you apply the primer generously because it will help the paint adhere better to the fencing surface. Follow the drying instructions of the manufacturer before getting to the actual painting task.

Start Painting Your Fence

Once the primer has dried, start painting the first coat onto the fence with a paintbrush. Paint slowly to prevent streak marks. Once the first coat is complete, wait for it to dry. To expedite the process, choose a dry and sunny day for this fence painting task. Once you're satisfied that the coat has dried on the fence, follow the same actions for the next coat. Wait for this to dry too. You may want to put up a 'wet paint' sign on your fence when you're waiting for it to dry. This will prevent people from accidentally touching it and ruining your effort.

These DIY painting steps will instantly improve the visual appeal of your cast iron fences in no time. 


16 August 2016