Archive for June, 2013

Tips on Painting a Wrought Iron Fence

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Hercules Custom Iron Custom Fence

Irons fences can be beautiful as well as sturdy and long-lasting. However, repeated exposure to the elements can leave many wrought iron fences not looking as good as they could look. For this reason, many people choose to add a fresh coat of paint to their iron fence to keep it looking as good and as sturdy as it did when you first built it.

Before you start painting your fence, however, Here are a few tips on painting your wrought iron fence:

  • Scrub the fence – Using a wire brush, gently scrub the fence and try to remove all of the traces of rust. A wire wheel attachment on a cordless drill may aid in speeding up this part of the process.
  • Start sanding the fence – Get medium-grit sandpaper and start sanding your fence. The sandpaper will remove any chipped, peeling or deteriorating paint and allow a rough surface. After the sanding is finished, wipe down the fence with a clean and dry rag.
  • Cover the surrounding areas – A tarp or a drop cloth will protect any areas around the fence from primer and paint. Make sure to protect windows, stairs and any parts of your home or business that is near the fence. Also, dampen any greenery or flower beds with a light mist of water before covering them up.
  • Apply primer – Choose a made-for-metal primer that will inhibit rust from developing on your fence. These primers come in both liquid and aerosol form, with aerosol usually being the better choice if your fence has ornate designs or work. Give the primer enough time to dry, which is typically 1-3 hours.
  • Apply the paint – If you use a rust-inhibitive paint as well, only apply it after the primer has fully dries. For the aerosol version of paint, hold it at least three to four inches away from the fence to prevent dripping.

And if you need a new wrought iron fence, especially one with custom embroidery or design, contact Hercules Custom Iron!

Hercules Custom Iron is proud to be an affiliate of Hercules Fence. We have more than 70 years of industry experience and are committed to providing quality craftsmanship. Our custom designs are crafted by master fabricators to produce ornamental iron that offers both aesthetic appeal and structural reliability. Professional in-house installers take care to provide the highest quality service for every job they complete.

Our state-of-the art manufacturing and sand blasting facility is located just 60 miles north of Washington D.C. We also offer onsite, top of the line paint and powder coating. Our dedication has enabled Hercules Custom Iron to become a revolutionary company respected throughout the industry. We are proud to of our place as a leading manufacturer of custom iron work throughout, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. We look forward to having you Contact Us to learn more about how we can help you with your next custom iron, specialty metal or aluminum project!

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Source: How to Prepare a Wrought Iron Fence for Painting, WikiHow

Check Out Some of Hercules Custom Iron’s Signature Projects!

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Hercules Custom Iron has made many custom fences for clients and customers from all over. We have a few projects that we designate as our signature projects. These are projects that we consider to be good representations of our quality and our work. Here are just a few of Hercules Custom Iron signature projects:

The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

HCI recently fabricated and powder coated the entire fence & gate perimeter for the Chinese Embassy in Northwest Washington, DC. We worked hand in hand with the architects and designers for the Embassy and although there was a language barrier, we were able to communicate via translators and through CAD drawings.

The project featured custom cut “monument tops”, a solid steel fence system with kickers, and the gates were extremely ornate with intricate patterns. We were proud to be selected by the Chinese Embassy as a local company capable of meeting their stringent design requirements, custom powder coated color, and strict time restraints.

Department of Treasury, Washington, D.C.

HCI removed the existing gates at the Treasury Department, installed temporary gates, and then refurbished the existing gates. We added stiffeners and fixed several broken welds, sandblasted the gates to a smooth bare metal finish, and then powder coated them black. We then mobilized to re-weld the gates in place.

Walter Reed National Medical Center

HCI recently installed eight floors of continue picketed light wall in-fill panels as well as custom welded wire frame safety rail running the entire ramp length of the parking garage. In all, HCI measured, fabricated, sandblasted, powder coated, and installed over (800) 42″ panels that were bolted in the field.

Each panel was specifically labeled with a floor and number, delivered to the jobsite, hoisted into place, and installed in the correct location utilizing a very methodical and coordinated plan of attack. HCI was successful in meeting the job’s accelerated schedule and the owner was very satisfied with the end result.

Check out some of our other signature projects by visiting our website.

Hercules Custom Iron is proud to be an affiliate of Hercules Fence. We have more than 70 years of industry experience and are committed to providing quality craftsmanship. Our custom designs are crafted by master fabricators to produce ornamental iron that offers both aesthetic appeal and structural reliability. Professional in-house installers take care to provide the highest quality service for every job they complete.

Our state-of-the art manufacturing and sand blasting facility is located just 60 miles north of Washington D.C. We also offer onsite, top of the line paint and powder coating. Our dedication has enabled Hercules Custom Iron to become a revolutionary company respected throughout the industry. We are proud to of our place as a leading manufacturer of custom iron work throughout, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. We look forward to having you Contact Us to learn more about how we can help you with your next custom iron, specialty metal or aluminum project!

Be sure to follow Hercules Custom Iron on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!