Like most of our other "large" projects, after 4 or 5 hours working on it we realized that this would definitely take us more than a "day or two" (which is about how long I always estimate large projects to take, and I'm always wrong - every.single.time. You'd think I'd learn!).
Since this is the first step, we needed to get rid of all the chippy and flaky paint before we could go any further.
So we snagged a couple cheapo wire brushes from Lowe's and a nice new sanding/grinding/something-or-other bit for the Dremmel tool to get into all those tight spots and corners that the wire brush couldn't reach.
No worries - Ms. Preggo wore a safety mask and goggles to be safe!
And we got to work.
While Barley supervised, as usual (why does he get the easy job?!).
And after 4-5 hours of working hard in the hot sun, our rail defintely looked worse - which meant that we did a pretty dang good job!
Now, you can't tell from the photos, but all that hard work we had just did made the surface of the rail all pitted and bumpy - which is never good if you're planning to paint it. So while we got all the loose paint off (along with some bad clumps and drips), it definitely needed a good sanding next to get the surface ready for paint.
Anyone else ever tackle painting old wrought iron? How did you go about it?
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