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How To Get Rid Of Rust On An Iron Fence

Iron fences work well with virtually any decor and add a lot of curb appeal to your property. They can also help to increase your security and privacy. While they are extremely durable and long-lasting, iron fences are prone to rusting. This is because it only takes one scratch or dent to remove the paint covering the fence and expose it to air and moisture, which begins the oxidation process. Even worse, once rust appears it can quickly spread throughout the iron fence if you don't do something about it first. The best way to handle rust on your fence is to remove it as quickly as possible. The following will show you how.

What You Will Need

  • Protective Gloves

  • Protective Eyewear

  • Old Clothes

  • Broom

  • Wire Brush

  • Paintbrush

  • Naval Jelly

  • Garden Hose

  • Steel Wool (Fine)

  • Mineral Spirits

  • Towels

  • Rust Resistant Primer

  • Alkyd Paint

Step 1. Because you're going to be handling various chemicals and paints (as well as scrubbing away rust) you should put on protective gloves and protective eyewear before you start. It's probably also best to wear old clothes, since there is likely to be some staining.

Step 2. Use a wire brush to scrub off any rust you see on the iron. You want to remove as much as possible before moving onto the later steps. Use a broom to brush off the loose particles when you're done.

Step 3. If after the scrubbing you still see any brown flakes or scaling, use a paintbrush to apply some naval jelly to the rusted areas. The naval jelly needs to stay on the surface and penetrate the rust for at least 30 minutes.

Step 4. Use a garden hose to rinse away all of the naval jelly. If you still see rust, repeat steps 2-3 as many times as it takes to get rid of it.

Step 5. Pour mineral spirits into a small container and dip some steel wool into it. Use this to rub off any remaining grime on the iron fence. It's important to do as thorough a job as possible, since this step prepares the fence for the primer.

Step 6. Rinse the fence again with the garden hose and use towels to completely dry it.

Step 7. Immediately spray a rust resistant primer on the fence, since you don't want it to start rusting again. Let the primer completely dry according to the recommendations of the manufacturer.

Step 8. Use a paintbrush to apply one coat of alkyd paint over the primer. Allow this coat to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions, and then follow it up with a second coat. Let this dry as well.

If you think your fence is in need of repair, contact a professional like Family Fence Company.

About Me

Meet Zane Zanda

My name is Zane Zanda, and welcome to my site on construction! Although I'm not a professional, I first became interested in construction topics a few years ago when my wife and I were building our dream home. But, interestingly enough, it wasn't the actual construction process that lit the spark. It was actually fire sprinklers. When my wife and I, were talking to our contractor about getting the permits for our house, we were informed that the square footage of our house was so large that we would actually be required to install fire sprinklers in the ceiling! I thought that was so strange, but of course we complied. As I started looking at all the different construction laws, I knew I was hooked.