Painter and decorator advice please

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Found 30th Mar 2008
Hi if there are any painter and decorators out there i have an outside staircase that i want to paint (or have painted) what would be the best products to use? It's got a little bit rusty but not too flakey or anything, would i need to prepare it with anything special? It's a spiral metal staircase that i use alot! also if anyone has any idea how much i would be looking at if i decided to get someone else to do the job? it's ground to first floor..14 steps with a 2m x1m landing at the top.
any advice appreciated - thank you

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hammerite and wire brush

raptorcigs;1804918

hammerite and wire brush



and get a wire brush that has a metal scraper on the other side - should only take a day to do, though would probably cost a couple of hundred of more to get someone in to do it. Just depends on what area you live.

I recommend you brush it down with a wire brush and then give it a coat of red oxide - you can then do a follow up coat of metal paint - lots of different colours to choose from. If you can get a quote for less than £350 i would think you'll be doing alrite. Hope this helps...

I painted my gate with metal paint three years ago in black although I'm not sure it was hammerite (probably a cheaper alternative!). I wire brushed it first then painted it with two coats. It took a while so your stairs will probably take up a fair amount of time but you would certainly be able to do it. The paint has started to chip in places so you might have to maintain it every couple of years. I'm not an expert though just do my own diy.

Hope that helps x

Original Poster

Thanks for the advice guys, i've always done my own indoor decorating and bits of DIY but have never atempted anything outside so totally unsure how to go about it.

There is a hammerite paint you can paint over rust with but i cannot find a link sorry

raptorcigs;1805089

There is a hammerite paint you can paint over rust with but i cannot find … There is a hammerite paint you can paint over rust with but i cannot find a link sorry



Is this it?

hammerite.com/uk/…tml

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tony_s1;1805116

Is this it?http://www.hammerite.com/uk/products/ps_dtr_metal_paint.html



thanks alot, i'll probabbly give it a go (once weather improves a little) after all if i cant manage it, i can still get someone to do it for me

Banned

Is hammerite still any good then? I painted two drains black after rubbing them right down and the rust came through after 3 months and now hammerite has gone completely (I gave it 2 coats). Just wondering if the EU or similar had forced a change in the formula.

colnun;1804941

I recommend you brush it down with a wire brush and then give it a coat … I recommend you brush it down with a wire brush and then give it a coat of red oxide - you can then do a follow up coat of metal paint - lots of different colours to choose from. If you can get a quote for less than £350 i would think you'll be doing alrite. Hope this helps...



Agreed, you want to prevent further rust so a base coat of red oxide will help help to build a good foundation on which add your final coat.

NB: always start from the top downwards, ie lids then walls.

Screwfix do a very good anti rust paint for use on cars, which I've used with great success, it neutralises rust and forms a tough black coating which can be over-coated with a solvent based primer or top coat, prevents rust re-occurring. Catalogue number 24280, goes quite a long way too. :thumbsup:
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