5 Easy Steps to Restore Your Rusty Wrought Iron Fence

A wrought iron fence is both decorative and secure. Although it does little to protect a home’s privacy, it does work extremely well at keeping intruders at bay. One of the many things homeowners like about wrought fencing is that it is easy to maintain. Few repairs need to be considered as long as the fence is painted and kept free of rust.

Restore Your Rusty Wrought Iron Fence

Follow these easy steps to restore your rusty wrought iron fence:

  1. Remove Any Old Paint and Rust

    The first step is to remove any old paint or rust. This can be done either by manually sanding, using a sand blaster or paint and rust remover. Remove the old paint instead of trying to paint over it. This prevents the new paint from chipping and peeling.

  2. Rustproof the Metal

    Rustproof the metal by using rust neutralizer. Chemical neutralizers are available or you can use a mixture of lemon juice and vinegar (half each) and use a wire brush to apply to the fence. This will eliminate rust from re-appearing.

  3. Use Rust Inhibiting Primer And Paint Conditioner 

    Next, paint the fence with a rust inhibiting primer that will seal the metal and prevent rust from wearing away the metal. The primer acts as a base coat and will protect the metal from moisture and corrosion.
    You use multiple layers of primer before coating your fence posts with paint.

    But you might not be aware of paint conditioner which is really good and the most durable option. All you have to do is mix the paint conditioner with the primer. This helps in making the paint surface smoother and more prepared for an even coat of paint.

  4. Paint

    Paint the fence with rust inhibiting paint using two, thick coats. With two coats of primer and another two coats of rust proofing paint, the fence should have ample protection from the elements.

  5. Maintain Your Wrought Iron Fence

    Maintaining a wrought iron fence is fairly simple. Check the paint regularly for any signs of cracking or peeling and identify any rust prone areas. Usually, rust leads to breaking or bending of fence posts. If you find any loose or bend fence post while inspection, do not kick or yank it to make it straight.

    This will weaken its integrity and might damage other good fence posts as well. Use quick drying cement to jam the rusted fence post properly. It is wise to oil or grease gate hinges to prevent them from sticking or collecting moisture and rusting.

Ron Frazelle is the Project Manager of La Habra Fence Company, a leading provider and installer of residential fencing in Southern California for over 65 years. Ron is committed to providing the best customer service, high quality products and quick project completion at the best overall value for his clients. La Habra Fence Company is known for creating a loyal and returning clientele that looks forward to doing business with them.


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