Tips on Painting Metal Surfaces
Any home decorator knows that paint adds variety and character to any given space. By mixing and matching colors; it projects a certain ambiance, theme, or brightness to a room. Painting over furnishings such as wooden chairs, bed frames, and tables also helps bring out the custom look you have always wanted. Rendering the strategy on metal gates, fences, and other metal furnishings, also give off the same effect.
Since metal has a different property from wood and stone, you should remember that when it comes to painting metal, it takes a little more time and effort to produce the end product you want. Here are a few tips you should read before you start painting.
Prepare the Work StationWork in a Ventilated Area
1. Painting is a messy activity and needs to be done in places that are both spacious and well-ventilated. If you are planning to use spray paint, working in a ventilated area will prevent the possibility of particle inhalation. Remember to wear protective gloves, mask, and eyewear before you start painting. It will shield you from any toxic substances that are capable from making you sick. Clean the Area Before Starting.
2.A clean work area will prevent you from getting paint on items you do not intend to color. There is also a chance of dust and other small particles to stick on your work and be visible once you have covered the metal with paint.
3.Protect the Surrounding Surfaces.
4. To prevent paint from getting on your items, covering them with a cloth or plastic sheet will do the trick. This strategy also makes it easier to clean up after you are done, because all the paint splatter is caught in their material.
Choosing the Right Paint
There are two types of paint that stick well with metal:
Latex Paint: When painting with this, you will immediately notice its strong odor. That odor comes from the color pigments that are dissolved by water and not by spirits or turpentine. Adding acrylics, vinyl or rubber-based compounds helps make latex paint dry faster and makes it more durable. It is non-flammable, easy to retouch, and can be applied to most surfaces without the help of a paint primer.
Sadly, latex paint comes with a number of disadvantages. It is not as durable as oil paint; it is prone to corrode if directly applied to metal; it does not clean well, and at times, it does not stick to glossy or smooth areas.
Oil Paint: Unlike latex paint, oil paint is more durable, easy to clean, and is able to cover any surface imperfection.
Although oil paint is the best choice, it takes more time to dry than latex paint, it is more expensive, it emits a strong smell when first applied, and it is flammable.
Prime the Surface
Priming the metal surface will make it easier for paint to stick. If you are painting ferrous metal, you have to remove all the rust. Using a wire brush or a scruff pad, remove all obstructions before wiping the surface with a damp cloth. For galvanized metal, you need to wash it with a detergent solution to remove the oily residue; old galvanized metal need to be sanded, wire brushed, or removed before being painted.
If you are unsure and inexperienced to hold a spray can or an industrial paint brush, then this job should be done by the professionals.
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