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How to Maintain a Wrought Iron Fence

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Wrought iron fences provide a great combination of both aesthetic appeal and physical durability to your yard. However, like all fencing materials, weather exposure and rainfall can cause your fence to begin to deteriorate, ruining both the structural integrity and appearance of your fence. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to maintain your wrought iron fence.

Waxing and Sealing

The best way to prevent your wrought iron fence from becoming damaged is to apply a wax or sealant to the fence itself. Most hardware stores will have specialized wrought iron sealant that can be applied just like paint onto the fence posts, and will protect against moisture and rust damage. This is especially important for fences that are installed near pools, as they are exposed to a greater amount of humidity than wrought iron fences in other areas.

Constant Cleaning

Besides having your fence waxed and sealed at least once a year, it's also a good idea to clean your fence off at least once a month. This removes dirt and other contaminants which may be stuck on the fence and can eat away at the paint and sealant, exposing the iron to the air and elements and allowing rust to begin to develop. Use a mixture of mild cleaning detergent and warm water to scrub away at your fence, and be sure to use a rag to dry it thoroughly afterwards.

Repainting

Visually inspect your wrought iron fence for signs of paint flaking or peeling off. This can expose the bare metal underneath, providing an opportunity for rust to begin to develop. Painting over peeling or flaking paint is perfectly possible, and can be done with a normal paintbrush. However, you should look for wrought iron fence paint at your local hardware store, as this type of paint is usually better formulated to protecting wrought iron against weather and moisture exposure than regular house or exterior paints would be.

Remove Rust

If small spots of rust do begin to develop on your wrought iron fence, you can treat them by using a piece of steel wool or rough sandpaper to remove it. Rust spreads much like an infection does, as it slowly oxidizes the metal surrounding the initial spot. Simply rub away the affected area so that all visible rust has been removed, and then go over the exposed metal with paint formulated for use on wrought iron that matches the existing paintjob.

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24 February 2017