Exterior Metal Railing


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Old 03-16-19, 08:19 PM
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Exterior Metal Railing

It is peeling. Should I remove loose flakes and paint via oil-based enamel spray paint or with a brush?
 
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Old 03-17-19, 03:16 AM
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You always want to remove any scaly paint. I'd sand it down and prime if needed. Spray looks a little better but you generally will get better protection from brushed on paint, especially compared to aerosol can paint which is drastically thinned so it will atomize properly.

Is this rail steel, iron or aluminum?
 
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Old 03-17-19, 07:52 PM
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Basically, I have a few chips (2 or 3) but can't find the original paint so I am forced to repaint which is why I am hesitant to completely strip. How can I tell material?
 
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Old 03-18-19, 03:44 AM
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A magnet will stick to steel but not aluminum. You shouldn't need to strip the entire rail but the whole thing should be sanded lightly paying special attention to the chips/peeling area.
 
 

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