Save money - how to paint your metal gate yourself

metal gate
Design: 0932 Design Consultants

Painting does need some preparation work but, in this case, you do not need to scrape off the old paint unless the current paintwork is badly peeling.

For a smooth and long-lasting paint job, remove all loose paint, dirt and grease from the surface, then sand it lightly and dust clean, says a Dulux spokesman. Rough surfaces help the paint stay on longer. If the metal is rusty, apply a zinc-chromate primer, a corrosion-resistant agent. For a healthier working environment, apply a coat of Dulux Waterbased Gloss primer – a low-odour, environmentally friendly product – followed by two coats of paint such as the Dulux Water-based Gloss, which is low in volatile organic compounds and fast-drying.