spray paint gateIf you are looking for a quick spring home improvement project, how about painting the gate? It is reasonably fast, it won’t cost you much money, it looks nice, and it will get the HOA off of your back. All in all it’s a good project.

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If you have peeling paint on the gate, scrape and wire brush it to get it off. After that you can apply a primer and let it dry. By the way, I wouldn’t paint an iron gate with anything other than a spray can or airless sprayer. Just painting a gate really isn’t worth getting out an airless because the set-up and clean-up is time consuming. So that leaves the spray can and they work very well. The only problem with the spray can is that your finger might get fatigued from holding down the button.

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The big concern with spraying is over spray. You can avoid this by covering any nearby surfaces or using tape to define the border. The best tool though is a paint shield. Don’t bother buying one, just get a piece of cardboard and cut it to a workable size…18” x 36” seems to work well. Expect to get some paint on whichever hand is holding the shield.

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To use the shield, just hold it wherever you don’t want the paint to go. If you have bars in the gate, hold the shield from the top and let it cover behind the bars. That way the bars get painted but nothing else does. Also, keep the can moving. If you stop the can, you are going to get a buildup of paint and it will run. Make several successive passes to get a good coat.

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