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The Dangers Of Rust On Your Iron Fencing (And How To Prevent It From Happening Again)

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Iron fencing can last a lifetime if it is properly cared for from the very beginning. Unfortunately, even the sturdy construction of iron fencing can't resist the destructive power of rust. Here is how rust can attack your iron fencing and how you can keep it from serious damage.

Understanding How Rust Works

Rust is a problem that affects iron fencing due to its exposure to the elements. While all iron fencing receives specialized anti-rust treatments, these can begin to wear away over time. Eventually, your iron fencing will likely start showing signs of rust. The shocking thing about rust is how quickly it can begin forming.

Whenever water is exposed to iron, the water will combine with the carbon dioxide in the air to make a very weak acid. This acid will then begin to work on the surface of the iron to dissolve the iron into a different form called iron oxide. This causes a variety of chemical reactions that begin creating rust.

Stopping Iron Dead In Its Tracks

To remove rust from your iron fencing (and to keep it from spreading any further) follow this simple process:

  • Identify the location of rust across the surface of your fencing – be sure to pay special attention to hard-to-reach areas
  • Carefully scrape away the rust with a wire brush and to eliminate any old paint that may be lingering on the iron fencing
  • Sand the surface with a coarse-grit sandpaper, especially on the rusted areas – wash away the rust with a wet rag
  • Scrub a commercial rust neutralizer across the surface of the fencing to neutralize the rust and keep it from spreading

After finishing up with this process, you can add a rust-resistant spray across the surface of the fencing that will keep it from rusting in the future. You can add a sealant that won't mask the texture of your iron fencing or you can paint it instead.

Paint Can Protect Your Fence From Rust

What are the benefits of painting your ironing fence instead of adding a clear rust-sealant? The biggest reason would be altering the color and texture of the fence to one that matches your home. That's a benefit you can't get from clear sealant.

Paint also forms a powerful protecting layer against rust that can last for years. The best paint to add are oil-based ones that contain rust-inhibition pigments. These not only protect the surface of the iron, but literally soak into the surface of the iron to prevent water from absorbing into the surface.

Inspecting your iron fencing and performing spot repairs to the paint or sealant can help keep rust away for years. To learn more about protecting your iron fencing from the elements, talk to a fencing contractor. Click here to continue reading more about fencing.

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27 November 2016