Thursday, August 6, 2009

Repair Rust On A Wroughtiron Fence

At least you don't have to worry about repairing the rust on this.

Easy to weld and malleable, wrought iron is especially suited for a wide range of construction applications. It has been used to make everything from furniture to fences. Even the Eiffel Tower itself was constructed using a form of wrought iron. When kept inside, wrought iron is fairly easy to maintain, requiring only basic cleaning. However, because of its tendency to rust, wrought iron that is left outside demands more attention. If your wrought-iron fence is showing signs of rust, don't worry. Repairing it is a fairly simple endeavor. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Use a wire brush or sandpaper (120-to-160-grit) to remove the rust. Sand or brush the area surrounding the rust as well. If you're planning on painting the entire fence in order to prevent future rusting, you should sand the fence completely, removing old paint and smaller areas of corrosion. If the fence is severely rusted, use more coarse sandpaper, preferably 80-grit or below, to remove the heavy corrosion, then follow up with the finer-grit sandpaper to smooth it.

2. Use your steel wool to buff the wrought-iron fence after you've removed all of the rust. This essentially smoothes the iron and gives you a better surface on which to apply your rust inhibitor and paint.

3. Spray your rust inhibitor onto the fence. Rust inhibitor can be found at almost any hardware store and is generally inexpensive. The rust inhibitor will provide a protective barrier against moisture and serves as a primer for your paint.

4. Paint the fence with the color of your choice. A glossy enamel paint tends to provide the best look. If you do not wish to paint the fence, you can opt to use only the rust inhibitor, though the paint will provide that extra layer of resistance against rust.

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