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Painting Rusty Ironwork

By: Danny Lipford
Using a rotary wire bursh attachment to remove rust on porch railings.

Using a rotary wire bursh attachment to remove rust on railings.

It’s important to refinish rusty decorative ironwork or steel on your house as soon as possible to prevent the metal from corroding more.

To refinish rusty wrought iron or steel:

  1. Remove Rust: Use a wire brush or rotating wire drill attachment to remove all the rust from the surface of the metal.
  2. Clean Surface: Wipe down the metal with mineral spirits to remove any rust dust.
  3. Prime Metal: Spray the cleaned metal surface with rust inhibiting primer.
  4. Paint Iron: When dry, apply several light coats of finish paint to the metal.

Watch this video to find out more.

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The first step to repainting rusty ironwork is removing the rust. A wire brush, or wire brush attachment for your drill, will get the job done. Remove the remaining dust by wiping it down with mineral spirits. Now, spray the affected ironwork with a rust inhibiting primer, and allow it to dry well before applying two or three coats of the finish paint. Remember several light coats are better than one thick coat.


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  • allen forster Says:
    March 5th, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Im stumped, have painted my iron gallery twice and rust is still popping its ugly head out . I have grinded right down to bare metal primed and painted, both two coats . can you suggest something I could try, never had this problem before feeling like a amature.


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Painting Rusty Ironwork