Asked by: Bernabea Torneiro
asked in category: General Last Updated: 10th June, 2020

Do you need to prime cast iron before painting?

Bare cast iron is nonporous and too slick to support long-lasting painted finishes. If you try to paint directly over the top of bare, untreated cast iron, rampant finish failure will result. The proper primer improves cast iron's adhesive qualities; however, the wrong kind will have no effect.

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In this regard, how do you prepare cast iron for painting?

Sand the cast iron with a medium-grit sandpaper or steel wool until the paint and rust are gone. You can complete this process by hand, using a circular rubbing motion. Alternately, use an electric sander or a handheld rotary tool with a sanding wheel attachment for tight spaces.

Likewise, what kind of paint do you use on cast iron radiators? Use paint formulated for metal surfaces, such as X-O. Rust® Paint & Primer in One, if your radiator is non-functioning. A working radiator should be covered with paint that can withstand high temperatures, such as Premium Décor® high-heat aerosol enamel or non-aerosol oil-based, high-heat enamel.

Also, can you use acrylic paint on cast iron?

Do not use water-based acrylic or latex paint on a cast-iron surface. The paint will chip off easily and possibly rust the cast iron due to the water content.

Can you paint iron?

Painting cast iron is a slightly more involved process than painting wood or a wall, but following the right steps makes it much easier. First, scrape off any previous paint and rust so you have a clean surface to paint on. Then apply an oil-based primer and 2 coats of oil-based paint for the best results.

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