Top Tips to Keep Your Wrought Iron Gates Looking Like New
Just like any part of your property, it is important to maintain your wrought iron gates to ensure that they look as good as they can at all times. It can be a tricky process to master, however, as there are specific methods to employ that get the best possible results, while the wrong cleaning methods can actually have negative effects on your gates.
This article will look into the most effective ways to maintain your wrought iron gates and to ensure that they keep their pristine appearance.
Cleaning surface dirt and grime off the gates is relatively simple – a bucket of soapy water and a sponge is all you need to wipe the gates clean.
Removing rust from the gates is slightly more complicated than the cleaning process. Using a wire brush, scrape the rust from the affected area, and then wipe the area down with a damp cloth and soapy water once it has been scraped, removing the dust and debris. Allow the fence to dry naturally, and then use a metal primer to clean the area and add a coat of rust-resistant paint for added protection.
This is a common problem with painted metal, and it can be unsightly, detracting from the overall look of your gate. You can remove the bubbled or flaking paint by hand, or alternatively you can use a combination of a rotary tool and grinder, or a wire brush. Clear the flaked paint until the gate is down to the bare metal, and use a filler to repair any holes. Once dry, apply a rust-resistant primer and a double coat of rust-resistant paint.
While there are many steps you can take to repair any damage or blemishes to your gate, the best method is always prevention. Things like coating your gate in a protective wax or sealant can help protect it from rusting in the rain or inclement weather. Regular inspection of your gate can help you keep on top of any issues that may arise, or any potential problems, so you can take action early and avoid more costly repairs.
As well as maintaining the appearance of the gate, painting it can also help to protect it from damage. Paint acts as a line of defence between the gate itself and the oxidation in the air, reducing the likelihood of rust. Rust-resistant paints are available in a spectrum of colours, so you don’t have to compromise aesthetics for protection!
Here at Strand Systems, we are proud to provide the highest quality automatic gates for domestic and commercial customers. If you would like to know more about what we do, please feel free to get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to help.