Metal gates and fencing are a popular choice for many homeowners and commercial premises. Their sturdiness, durability, and quality make them stand out from their wooden counterparts and they last a lot longer with the right care. There is one common problem that many people face with metal gates, however, and that is rust.
Rust can form on the gate and fencing over time, making it look old and faded. In addition, rust can also make the gate and fencing weaker and more prone to damage, wreaking havoc if not addressed properly. If you have noticed any signs of rusting on your metal gates or fencing, there are easy solutions to help you deal with the issue. In this article, we will look at what rust is and the best way to remove rust from metal gates and fencing.
What is rust?
Rust is the term commonly used to describe the corrosion and oxidation of iron and its alloys, such as steel. It occurs when the iron is exposed to oxygen and water long enough for the corrosion process to take place. Left in these circumstances, rusting is inevitable, although the time in which it occurs depends on its severity and whether it is protected at all.
What is the best rust remover for metal gates?
The Neutrarust® Highly Effective Rust Remover Gel is an ideal and easy-to-use solution for the removal of rust and corrosion from metal gates and fencing. The gel neutralises the rust and leaves a phosphate coating that can then be painted over, and with the Non-Drip Formula makes it convenient to apply to vertical services, as is common with gates.
How to use rust remover gel on metal gate
- Preparation – firstly ensure that all traces of oil and grease are removed from the rusted area of the metal gate using a suitable degreaser, as this can prevent base rust from reacting with the gel. Old paint and lose rust should also be stripped off the area needing treatment. This can be done by using a wire brush or steel wool.
- Application – pour the required amount of gel into a plastic container to avoid contaminating any unused gel. The solution can then be brushed or swabbed directly onto the rust of the metal gate, brushing every 5 minutes to keep the gel active. After approximately 20 minutes, the rust remover gel can be washed off with clean water, leaving it to dry.
- Priming – paint within 48 hours of the rust removal treatment.
It is always recommended to test a small area first to assess the compatibility of the product with the rusted surface.
Preventing metal gates from rusting again
After you’ve successfully removed the rust from your metal gates and fencing, it is important to look after them and make sure they don’t rust again. Luckily our rust removers leave a ready to paint surface and make it easy to apply your primer coat.
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