What is the quickest and most effective way of painting railings in
Hammerite paint. I have a set of new galvanised railings to paint in
Hammerite. The railings are 40 foot long and 4 foot high, vertical rails
are 6" apart so I can see this being a lonnnnnnng joooob. Any ideas how to
mnake it quicker? Are the 'glove brushes' any good?
To _not_ answer your question, beware:
"On . . . galvanised surfaces apply Hammerite Special Metals Primer
before applying Hammerite Meats Paint"
A 'pro' doing mine just used a brush but I would have been inclined to try a
Just pour it straight into the bin. Works just as well, takes less
Hammerite is rubbish. It's _vastly_ over-hyped and it's just plain No
Bloody Good. To be specific it's too stiff, too brittle and has poor
adhesion. Hammerite (as compared to Smoothrite) also has the perennial
problem with pinholing in the bottom of the fish eyes, unless your
technique is good and you're spraying it.
Don't use either.
Really don't use them on railing (flexible, exposed)
You really are making things difficult, aren't you!
_New_ zinc is hard to paint. Either use an etch primer for the first
coat, or let it weather a few months first. Hammerite straight onto
fresh galv is just _asking_ for poor results.
Nope. You can paint the outside easily, it's the nooks and crannies that
take the time.
I suggest either dipping or spraying it before installation, if you can
arrange this. If you're stuck in-situ, then get two brushes. One's a
small chisel-ended 1/2", the other's an inch or two wide. Go round with
the little one first and do all the corners. Then re-coat (or have two
working on it) with the big brush. This gives better results than trying
to paint tight corners with a big brush and is quicker than using a
I echo these sentiments.
I have never found Hammerite to be of much use for anything, but the
painting technique described above is one that I developed accidentally
while trying to paint a car chassis. It works.
I would take this mans advice on the best paint: I got as far as 'not
hammerite' but never really discovered anything better...myself.
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Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 1:21 AM
Subject: Re: Painting Railings
What do you suggest to use instead?
The railings have been up since December last year (6 months). Hammerite
(or Smootherite) was recommended by the manufacturers. We didn't get them
to spray them as SWMBO couldn't decide on Green or Black!
Seems a good idea, I will do this but with which paint?
Whatever you've got. Personally I like to buy Leyland's paints and have
yet to be disappointed with any of them.
If you can live with black, then a bituminous paint like truck chassis
paint, lasts far better than anything less flexible and more colourful.
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