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Question DetailsAsked on 9/19/2016

What should the approximate cost be to refinish 80 feet of old New Orleans style wrought iron fencing?

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Simple post and rail wrought iron fencing repaint can run about $5/LF (ballpark) typically - fancier fencing, especially with curved elements coming off the posts and rails, probably more typically $10/LF range - cleaned and painted.

If rusted so needs local wire brushing or sandblasting more typically probably $10-15/LF, and if heavily rusted so it all has to be stripped or sandblasted (more commonly used to limit vegetative damage) then primed and double paint coated, $15-25/LF would be more normal - which can get you into the range where replacement with new factory-stock fencing can be as cheap or cheaper.

Cost can vary a LOT - depending on how good a job is going to be done of prep and whether it will be primed first (should be if stripped or cleaned of rust), and particularly labor cost - a low-hourly-rate handyman or day-laborer might charge half that or so and just take a long time doing it whereas a professional paint crew might blast through it in a day or two.

DIY option which might last half as long or more but at much lower cost - wash well with soapy water and hose off and let thoroughly dry, prime with Rustoleum oil-based primer (Rusty Metal with fish oil over bare rust, Clean Metal Zinc Chromate if rust has been sanded clean), then after throughly dried (not soft or tacky at ALL), oil-based Rustoleum metal enamel - which can be applied by brush or by a painting mitt (or rubber gloves inside inside-out old tube socks) plus paintbrush for hard to ready areas like intersections. If not rusty - just faded paint, sand and prime only any peeling areas, then apply the finish rustoleum paint. If you don't like Rustoleum for some reason - Varathane and PPG make good paints for this too, though their primers don't hold a candle to Rustoleum in my opinion. You can spray-can it if you want - but going to take a LOT of extra paint to spray this type fence and you have to watch where overspray is going, and much more likely to get runs. Can go a lot quicker though, especially if another person follows immediately behind and touches up runs with a trim paintbrush.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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