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Should new chain link fence top rail be painted?

Should newly installed top rail on an older chain link fence be painted?
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Posted 2017-08-18T16:20:27+0000  by fels fels
 
Those rails are typically galvanized so painting isn't required.  If you want to paint for aesthetic reasons you certainly could but you'll want to read up on prepping a galvanized surface for paint.
Posted 2017-08-18T18:10:31+0000  by Adam444
Hello fels.  Welcome to the Community!

Chain link fencing, along with the rails and posts are made of galvanized steel.  As such it takes a long, long time for any rust to develop.  That is why you typically see this fencing installed and left unpainted.

If your fence has been painted, then it makes sense to also paint the new parts, just for consistent looks.  To do this though you will need to prime the new rails with a dedicated primer that is made to adhere to galvanized surfaces.  Few paints will do this well.  I would recommend Bulls Eye 1-2-3 as a good primer, although there are other options as well.  You can find it HERE on homedepot.com, or at any Home Depot store.



Once primed you can paint the final color coat with whatever paint you wish to use.

Chris.

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Posted 2017-08-18T18:15:05+0000  by Chris_HD_CHI
The important thing is that an oil paint or primers not be used directly on the galvanized surface. Here, the coating of choice is acrylic based (latex) primers and paint. Oil paints can chemically interact with galvanizing. Oil paints are also much more brittle than acrylics and less likely to be able to remain bonded as the metal expands and contracts.
Posted 2017-08-20T17:32:10+0000  by ordjen
 
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