How to Fix Rusty and Decaying Iron Gates?11/04/2013 Back To Blog
Steel gates, regardless of whether they’re wrought, or ornamental iron gates, truly make for a classy and worthy investment for the home. However,the main drawback of getting steel gates is that these are more prone to corrosion and rust. When exposed to rain, humidity, snow and heat, steel or metal gates can possibly rust once water, carbon dioxide and oxygen see or penetrate deep into the scratched or dented areas. If your home’s steel gates get rusty or decayed, here are a number of helpful ways for fixing them.
Remove Loose Dirt and Rust
The first step towards performing rotten gate repair is to use awire scrub to remove any loose dirt, rust and debris. Make sure you thoroughly clean the metal until no more loose debris fall off. You could also apply phosphoric-based corrosion removers or naval jelly, to clean the corroded spots, but remember to wear safety glasses and anti-acid gloves when doing this.
Scrub with Mineral Spirits
After applying jelly and acid, rinse it off with water, and then put a mineral solution to a piece of steel wool, and scrub this on remaining rust, grime or dirt on the wrought iron gate. For any filling jobs, you could fill these portions with a two-part welding kit of two compound tubes; hardener and resin-based liquid steel epoxy. Mix equal portions of hardener and epoxy resin using long small piece of flat wood, and fill the roughed-out or damaged areas with the solution, and leave it there for at least 24 hours.
After applying the epoxy resin, spray the iron gate with a rust-preventing primer, and allow it to settle there for 24 hours. Next, evenly apply an alkyd paint on the repaired gate, by suing a standard paint brush, and let the coat dry for one full day. Thus, the iron gate repair process is now complete, and your steel gates should become rust-free and good-looking for years to come.