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How to Paint a Metal Gate – A DIY Guide

I am truly honored to be a contributor and writer for Bestlaminate Blog. For my first post, I wanted to share a simple weekend DIY project, how to paint a metal gate. My metal gate looked really worn and rusty and needed a little TLC. The before and after photo looks like two different sides, but believe it or not they are the same! This simple project made a big difference.

This project is simple and can be done over the weekend (due to drying time). You can use these instructions for patio furniture and the like. Here is my tutorial on How to Paint Metal.


  •  Wire metal brush (paint section of hardware store)
  • Spray Primer (We used Rust Destroyer)
  • Rust-oleum Spray Paint (We used hammered black)
  • Hose (optional)
  • Two wood horses (optional)
  • Old blanket
  • Newspaper
  • Tape

ow To paint Metal Bestlaminate Collage

First, we disassembled the gate and placed it atop of two wooden horses. Next, using the wire brush, gently scrub off any rust or paint. This is an important step. To remove the paint chips and rust debris, we hosed it off and let it dry. Next, use a primer for metal. We ran into a friendly handy man at HD and he recommended Rust Destroyer. It is a primer and stops rust all in one. We used almost two cans (two coats) for this entire gate. Follow the instructions on the can for drying times. Make sure you spray in a well-ventilated area.

Meanwhile, we used newspaper and tape to protect the wall and painted the metal gate supports (or whatever you call them). Finally, once the primer was dry, we painted the gate with two coats of spray paint made for outdoor metal. Once it was dry, we re-assembled the gate.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Thank you for reading!


 *Originally posted on July 10, 2012

About Dinah Wulf

Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a SoCal Craft and DIY Blogger. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Writing and getting creative is her passion and she feels fortunate to do it every single day. Over the last few years, she has created and published over a thousand craft and DIY tutorials on her blog, in magazines, and websites. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable,, and Real Simple Magazine.

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