How to Paint a Wrought Iron Door

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Wrought iron is more common in gates than in doors.
Wrought iron is more common in gates than in doors. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A wrought iron door gives your home a heavy, solid look, whether the door is attached to your home or is part of a gate. Over time, the finish on the wrought iron will flake and peel, signifying that it's time to give the door a new paint job. Painting a wrought iron door is similar to any type of paint job, but the preparation before you put on the paint is distinct.

Things You'll Need

  • Scraper
  • Steel brush
  • Sponge
  • Soap
  • Bucket
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint tray
  • Paint roller
  • Paintbrush

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Scrape the entire surface of the door with a heavy-duty scraper to remove the flakes of the previous paint job. Scrape in as many directions as necessary to get rid of the excess paint.

Use a heavy steel brush to rub the whole door to remove any other paint flakes and scuff up the surface for the next coat of paint.

Wash the door thoroughly with soapy water and a sponge to remove any dirt, grease or other debris. Allow the door to dry completely before proceeding with the project.

Cover any elements of the door you do not wish to paint with painter's tape, including the handle and hinges. Press down firmly on the tape to ensure that it adheres solidly.

Stir your paint thoroughly and pour it into a paint tray. Dip a roller into the paint and roll it in the tray to remove excess paint.

Paint the door in smooth, continuous strokes with the roller, then paint around delicate areas, such as the handle and hinges, using a paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry and paint additional coats, as needed.

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