Good Questions: Fire Escape Paint?

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Hello AT,

What is the best paint to use on a fire escape? and what is the usual procedure, example, scraping old paint??

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Dear Laura,

We just went next door and spoke to Lester Lau, an architect in the building who has been helping with the repainting of the metal facade of the building across the way. He says:

1. clean thoroughly (especially any welding or joints)
2. prime with an anti-rust metal primer (especially any welding or joints)
3. paint two coats of oil based, high gloss exterior paint

In short, painting fire escapes requires some treating of the metal and regular old oil-based paint.

Anyone else??

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