If your metal fence is getting a bit rusty, but you're not quite ready to replace it yet, there is a way to remove most of the rust and slow the formation of additional rust. Doing so will not only improve the appearance of your fence, but may also increase its lifespan. Follow these instructions to clean up and paint a rusty metal fence:
- Steel wool (the variety without soap embedded in the pads)
- An old toothbrush
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- A large, soft brush
- Enamel spray paint designed to stop rust formation
- Several large sheets of cardboard
- A friend to help you
You're going to start by removing the rust from the fence. First, use the steel wool to remove the larger particles of rust. It's easiest to rub it back and forth along a section of the rusty fence. Start working at one end of the fence, and keep working until you reach the other end – this makes it easier to keep track of where you're already removed the rust.
After using the steel wool, us the fine grit sandpaper to go over any areas that are still rusty. You can use the toothbrush to reach into little crevices and remove the rust dust.
After you have sanded down all of the rusty areas, take your soft brush and brush down the whole fence. This helps remove any rusty dust that is left behind so it does not end up embedded in your paint.
Finally, it is time to apply the paint. This is the part of the job in which having a friend to help you comes in very handy. Have your friend hold a piece of cardboard against one side of the fence, while you spray the enamel paint onto the other side of the fence. The cardboard catches the extra paint, so it does not end up all over the ground, your face, or your clothing.
After you have painted one side of the fence and allowed it to dry for several hours, paint the other side of the fence in the same manner. Be sure not to try this until the first side is completely dry, or the cardboard will stick to the fence.
Step back and admire your work! Your may want to apply a second coat of paint to your fence later, depending on how thick you applied the first layer of paint and the color you chose. To learn more, contact a company such as Albemarle Fence Co Inc. with any questions you have.