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I have come across many jobs where a person has railings outside their house, either on balconies or around the edge of the garden, and over the years, I have found that Hammerite gives a wonderful hammered finish to this kind of work.
What is a hammered finish ? When you put the paint on, it is smooth, but within moments, little bubbles appear on the surface that make the metal look like it has been hammered, which is the traditional way that ironwork was done.
Hammerite is a subsiduary of I.C.I who have been in the paint business for many many years, and their experience shows in their products. They supply a hammered finish or a smooth finish, but I have always chosen the hammered finish because it gives such good results and looks so professional.
Used on railings or on any iron furniture for the garden, the finish is superb, no streaks, and looks as if the job were factory done. I enjoy working with this paint for that very reason, because compared to flat gloss paints, the hammered finish is superb.
After wire brushing the surface to get rid of flakey bits from previous painting, no undercoat is required with Hammerite. It adheres well to the metal surface and gives it a really good protection against bad weather conditions.
This is a self priming, rust protection paint that resists weather and that is dry to the touch within 60 minutes ! The hammered finish repells rain which is one of the secrets to its long lasting qualities.
I love this paint. It really does the business on ourdoor metal surfaces. I have used it on letterboxes, gates, railings, garden furniture, and I have never ceased to be amazed at the results that it gives with a minimum of preparation. One coat is all that it needs, and the job is done, and the outside metalwork protected and almost like new.
Colours available are :
Black - particularly good for railings and gates Grey Gold Silver Grey White Light Blue Dark Blue Mid Green Deep green (particularly good for metal garden furniture).
This paint is high gloss and incorporates silicone technology giving you a professional finish for less effort, so that can't be bad.
It also keeps its colour and does not appear to fade. Railings that i painted years ago still look like new.
At £12 for a litre, this may sound expensive, but believe me its coverage is superb and you will not need more than one coat so a litre goes a long long way. Also available in 2.5L at £25 or a five litre container at £42.00
For the average small job, I always buy the smaller tin because this paint really does go a long way. The only reservation I would have with the paint is the smell, although when working outdoors, this really is a small price to pay for a paint that gives such a professional finish.
Take a look at your railings and garden furniture, and if you have never tried this paint, I would highly recomment it because I know it does what it says it does.