Wrought Iron gate repair
Wrought iron fences are susceptible to damage caused by Mother Nature including wind, hail, rain and sun exposure. Rust is a common reason why wrought iron fences need repairs. Vandals and animals can also cause damage to wrought iron fencing. If the cement for mounting the fence posts was not properly mixed or not buried deeply enough, freeze and thaw cycles may cause upheaval, thereby toppling sections of the fencing. To preserve the integrity of the fence and protect the property, repairs must be made in a prompt manner.
Types of Repairs for Wrought Iron Fencing
When wrought iron fencing is showing signs of rust, upheaval or other damage prompt repairs can halt the damage and restore the fencing to its original condition. Proper repair techniques are necessary in order for the wrought iron fencing to retain its full functionality.
Repairing Rust Problems
Rust is the greatest enemy against outdoor wrought iron fencing. To remove rust from wrought iron fencing, the rust is first brushed off using a wire brush or 160-grit sandpaper. For areas of heavy rusting, coarser grit sandpaper such as 80-grit may be needed. The iron worker then progresses to finer and finer grit sandpaper. Rubbing steel wool across the entire area affected by rust helps to smooth the iron and prepare it for application of rust-preventing sealant and paint. Before proceeding, repair workers lay down newspapers or plastic sheeting to protect nearby bricks, concrete or plants. Rust inhibitor is applied to the wrought iron fencing. This sealant prevents moisture from penetrating into the iron and causing any further rusting. It also acts as a primer for the paint. Once the rust inhibitor has set, paint can be applied to the fencing. Outdoor enamel paint is the ideal type for use on a wrought iron fence. The paint adds another layer of protection against the elements of nature.