A wrought iron gate can be a beautiful addition to your property, particularly when it’s custom-made. However, iron is susceptible to deterioration and rust over time, which will leave it looking much less attractive. To prevent this, you’ll need to provide the correct care and maintenance to keep it in pristine condition.
It might be counterintuitive to clean a rust-prone surface with water, but removing dirt, grass clippings, and debris from the fence allows it to dry more thoroughly afterward. When your wrought iron gate gets dirty, the best way to clean it is to apply a mild soap and water mixture using a soft cloth. Afterward, rinse it with clean water. Avoid using abrasive products on the gate, as they can strip away the outer finish which helps prevent rust.
The exception to the rule about abrasives is when the wrought iron gate has already begun to rust. In this case, you need to scour the rust away before you can re-seal the surface of the metal. Scrub with steel wool to remove all the corrosion you can, then apply a mixture of vinegar and water to the area to eliminate the rest and prevent more from forming.
After rust removal, bare iron is exposed and will be susceptible to future rust. You’ll need to cover it again with a rust-resistant finish or wax. For best results, the product should be reapplied regularly. You might also choose to paint your iron gate; in this case, use an outdoor primer before you apply the paint to make it last longer. Look for paints made specifically for metal surfaces; these products can be applied with a brush or a spray nozzle for even coverage.
If your wrought iron gate has seen better days, call on Currier’s Certified Welding in Kalispell, MT. For over 45 years, they’ve offered a full range of iron and steel fabrication services, as well as snow plow equipment and supplies for the winter. To discuss your metalworking project, call them today at (406) 752-2366 or look online for ideas.