We first weld the leaf and the scroll work together and grind the welds smooth. Next, we sandblast the door to remove any debris and material that could affect paint adherence. Once the door is clean, we spray the door with zinc making it resistant to rust. Now the door is ready for the painting process.
Painting and Coloring
The painting process is very similar to that of a car. We use 3 coats of primer to prime the door. When we apply the first coat of primer, we are able to see any imperfections on the door. The primer exposes these blemishes or imperfections we missed when welding, grinding, and sandblasting the door. After all of these areas are readdressed and fixed, we apply two more coats of primer on the door for protection. We use 3 to 4 coats of the primary paint color for our finished layer. Then the door is faux painted with the customers color choice of copper, gold or silver in a brushed or dabbed effect method. Lastly after the faux paint is applied, the clear coat is sprayed on the door to enhance the beauty and protect its finish.
There is a pallet of 3 faux colors to paint an iron door: Bronze, Pewter, and Gold. There are 4 techniques used to paint each faux color: Blotting, heavy or light, and brushing, heavy or light. The images below showcase these colors and painting techniques.