Although wrought fences don’t come cheap, homeowners still consider them worth the investment for their sturdiness, durability, and most of all their aesthetic appeal. Wrought iron fences are molded and built from materials that can last for decades on end, and for the most part, they are easy to maintain. Having said that, iron fences are prone to damage in the form of dust, dirt, and rust. Rust, especially, will not only shorten the lifespan of your iron fence, but also diminish its look. Hence, it is only prudent that you keep your iron fences properly maintained.
Sources of Fence Damage
Before learning to protect iron fences from damage, we must consider where the damage actually comes from. Firstly, during summers the weather not only gets hot, but humid as well. Humidity does a lot to damage to your iron fences. Secondly, rust becomes a greater issue when the fence is located near a body of water like a river, pond, or even a swimming pool.
Moving on, the build-up of dirt over time can weaken the iron and ruin the appearance of the fence. Finally, there is always a possibility of accidents that can bend the iron, especially if it has already been weakened by rust and corrosion.
So how can the damage be fixed?
Once you have located the rust, use a fine wire rush to remove its traces. Remember not to use a heavy corded wire for it can scratch the surface of the fence. Next, use nonionic detergent to rinse the fence and then leave it to dry.
You also get a rust converter for areas that have already been damaged by rust. It doesn’t matter whether you use a tannic-based or acid-based converter. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer instructions carefully to protect yourself from the chemicals.
Apply a coat of oil-based primer that has been manufactured specifically for iron surfaces. The reason why you should use a spray-on primer instead of brush-on is that the former reaches into the gaps in the fence. After spraying, allow it to dry fully. Get touch-up paint of the same color and apply a coat on the fence.
Make sure you replace your fence hardware (such as missing fasteners) on time. Also, remember to cover your work area with raps before getting started, especially if there is vegetation around the fence. You will also have to remove any bushes, wines, or tree branches that are growing onto the fence.
As mentioned in the beginning, maintaining iron fences is easy. For the most part, all you need is soap and water to do away with dirt on a regular basis. If you live in an area with a lot of humidity or if your fences are located near a body of water, you can always apply wax or a sealant on your fence. Also, cover your iron fence in a tarp at the time of rain. Follow these tips to maintain the beauty and longevity of your iron fences.