Renovating a Rusty Steel Gate

 

 

Refurbishing a Rusty Steel Gate

Mild steel is often used on features around the house. If not protected properly, mild steel will rust, so let’s have a look at the ways to repair rusty patches on mild steel.

Mild steel is often used on features around the house. If not protected properly, mild steel will rust, so let’s have a look at the ways to repair rusty patches on mild steel.

The best way to coat, protect and beautify your metal surfaces is to follow a simple three step process. First clean, then prime and finally paint the metal surface.

The first step is to remove the rust. If there is flaking paint on previously painted surfaces remove it with a paint scraper.

Using a 100 grit sand paper, sand the rusted areas on the gate down to bare metal. If you’re working on a large area or the rust is bad then use a wire brush fitted to an angle grinder, or to a drill to provide some power to do the job. Once the rust is removed the surface will be clean and shiny. If there are any areas on the gate which are difficult to sand, remove as much of the loose rust as possible and then apply a coat of Rust Converter and Primer. This primer will convert the rust into a durable surface that will be rust resistant. Once dry you can apply the Mild Steel Primer to the bare metal and converted areas before the final topcoat.

Apply a metal primer to the area. You only need to cover the bare metal areas of the gate with primer and a brush will generally be suitably for the application. Allow the primer to dry for the time specified by the manufacturer.

Now we’re ready to apply the topcoats. We’re using a topcoat that contains an undercoat, which makes the job quick and easy. A foam roller gives good coverage and allows the paint to be applied quite quickly. Finish with a brush to reach into the corners.

A second coat will provide a lovely finish and give the surface protection for many years.

If you follow this three step process, clean, prime and paint, the durability and attractiveness of the finish on your metal surfaces can be greatly enhanced.

 

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