Plan To Fix Your Fence This Spring

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Wrought iron has the look of being strong and impenetrable, which may be why it was a common fencing material for many years. However, iron still needs maintenance in order to look its best. Winter is a difficult time for many iron fences because the moisture content in the air can be very high during winter months. In many regions, winter is a time when rain and snow can damage outdoor iron fixtures. These tips will help you reverse the effects of moisture on your iron fence when winter is finally over and spring rolls around. 

Inspect Your Fence

Walk around your fence with a piece of chalk and look at the fence carefully. When you see a portion of the fence that has begun to rust, mark that rust with a piece of chalk. This way, you'll know all the areas of the fence that need to be treated. 

Remove Rust

Use a steel brush to rub away the areas of rust that you marked with chalk. Rub vigorously at the fence until the rust has flaked away. Areas of the fence where rust remains must be treated with a more powerful tool. For tough areas, use a file to scrape away patches of rust from off of your fence. Coarse sandpaper may work for this as well.  

Apply Touch Up Paint

Once the rust has been removed from the fence, it will be time to repaint the fence. Painting the fence hides the exposed iron, preventing it from rusting. To begin the painting process, cover the iron with a coat of rust-inhibiting oil-based primer. Once the fence has been completely covered, wait for the primer to dry. The amount of time that you'll need to wait between coats will depend on the instructions provided by the primer's manufacturer.

Next, paint the fence with an oil-based metal paint. Paint the fence with at least two coats, waiting for the manufacturer's specified amount of time between coats. Some types of iron fence have molded, intricate loops, curves and other metalwork that can be difficult to paint. When this is the case, use a paint sprayer to paint the iron fence. Use a small paint brush to smooth out any areas where the paint is too thick. 

Inspect your iron fence every year at the end of the winter to ensure that your fence is well cared for, and repaint whenever the old paint has begun to peel. Doing this in this spring will protect your fence from rust development. 

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