How to paint a stainless steel railing

To maintain a classy look, you should paint your stainless steel railing regularly. To paint the railing you need to follow these steps:

Remove old paint and rust

The first thing to do is remove any peeling paint or visible rust that may be on the metal surface. Here you should use a steel bristle brush to brush along the railing.

You need to move the brush back and forth in quick motions while applying pressure at the same time to remove all the rust and paint. A metal file is also a great tool for removing rust.

Once the metal railing is completely smooth, you should apply a methylene chloride-free chemical stripper to the railing. Using a putty knife, you should scrape the chemical stripper and paint from the surface of the metal.

After doing this, you need to sand the rounded and curved parts of the railing with medium-grit sandpaper. You should continue sanding until the metal is smooth. Once it is smooth, you should use a clean cloth to remove any residue or chipped paint.

Then you need to spray phosphoric acid on the steel railing to remove any rust that may still be left on the surface. When acid mixes with rust, it forms an iron phosphate crust that is easily removed. For ideal results you should leave the acid on overnight and then brush it off the next morning with a steel bristle brush.

paint the railing

Before applying the paint, you must first apply an oil-based primer. To apply the primer, you need to soak a finishing brush in the primer and then apply it to the metal surface. You need to let the primer dry for 4-8 hours, after which you need to apply the paint.

You should use an oil based paint where you have to start painting from the top and work your way down. For ideal results you should apply a thin layer with your brush. You should use quick strokes in your painting.

It is recommended to apply a second coat; however, you must allow the first coat to dry for at least four hours before applying the second coat. After applying the second coat, you should let the paint dry for at least 24 hours, after which you can start using the railing.

To avoid inhaling the toxic paint, you must wear a face mask. You should also wear gloves to avoid coming into contact with the paint.

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