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5 Tips to Clean and Maintain Your Metal Fence

Sep. 17, 2021

Metal fences are an attractive way to enclose your property and keep pets and children safely in the yard. While these types of fences are not completely maintenance-free, preventative efforts go a long way in keeping the fence in good condition throughout the year.

In fact, because bare steel rusts so quickly, metal restoration experts recommend treating fences in small sections so you don't have to repeat too many steps.


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Remove the rust

Use a wire brush to gently remove surface rust from flat areas. Rust on corners or decorative elements can be sanded off with an abrasive material, such as black sandpaper  or synthetic steel wool. Chemical rust removers contain phosphoric acid and other corrosive substances, so it's important not to use them in enclosed or unventilated spaces.

Paint the fence

For this step, use an oil-based paint formulated for metal. Do not use spray paint unless you are repairing a small piece of fence. The paint you use is the fence's primary defense against the elements, so the coating needs to be thick. It is easier to apply using a traditional paint can and brush.

Remove plants

When vines and shrubs get too close to any structure, including metal fences, they are bad news. Vegetation absorbs moisture, which can lead to rust and corrosion, and overgrown areas can hide problem spots.

After cleaning and repairing your fence, commit to trimming shrubs and trees away from the fence and pulling out any vines promptly.


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Clean the metal

After brushing off any residual dirt and rust and removing residue from chemical rust removers, you will still need to clean the metal before priming and painting. To effectively clean the metal, wipe thoroughly with a cloth soaked in mineral spirits.

Prevent future damage

Inspect your fence throughout the year to catch early signs of scratches and rust. Wrought iron fences need to be cleaned twice a year; this semi-annual fence bath is a good time to lubricate any latches, springs and other moving parts.

Get quotes from reputable fence installation company-Hebei QIJIE, and make sure you know the exact boundaries of your property before you start any work. If you haven't already done so, now is the perfect time to complete a survey.

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