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Remove Signs Of Damage From An Iron Gate's Surface And Repaint And Protect It

Gregory Walker

If you recently purchased a business that has an iron gate leading to the property and that has paint chipping from its surface and small, visible rust spots, remove the signs of damage by completing the following project. Once you have finished, customize the gate by painting it to match your business's exterior. Afterwards, apply a coat of rust-inhibiting sealer so that the gate's surface remains damage free.


  • stiff-bristled scrub brush
  • hand sander
  • sandpaper
  • sponge
  • water hose
  • bucket of soapy water
  • towel
  • tarps
  • painter's tape
  • exterior paint
  • paint sprayer
  • rust-inhibiting sealer

Remove Flaking Paint and Rust and Clean the Gate's Surface

Move a slightly damp scrub brush that has stiff bristles briskly over the iron surface to assist with removing loose paint and rust spots. Once you have eliminated as much paint or rust as you can with the brush, use a hand sander that has a piece of coarse paper attached to it to finish removing any loose debris that remains. Move the hand sander back and forth as you complete this step.

When the iron gate has a smooth surface and there are no longer any signs of rust, clean the gate's surface with soapy water and a sponge. Remove all traces of soapy residue with a strong stream of water. Use a towel to wipe off the gate.

Apply Paint 

Place tarps on the ground next to each side of the gate. Cover trim, hardware, or any other details on the gate's surface that you do not wish to paint with painter's tape. Fill a paint sprayer's reservoir with paint that is designed for outdoor use and that is a color that matches the paint that was used on the outside of your business. Apply the paint to the iron gate by holding the sprayer's nozzle several inches from the gate's surface while you squeeze the machine's trigger.

Move the nozzle slowly to another section of the gate as you work until one side of the gate has been covered. Take the paint sprayer to the other side of the gate and apply a coat of paint to it with the same steps. Wait for the paint to dry. Empty any excess paint from the paint sprayer's reservoir and use a hose to clean it out.

Add a Sealer

Fill the sprayer's reservoir with a sealer that is designed to prevent rust. Apply the rust-inhibitor to both sides of the gate with the sprayer. Once the inhibitor has dried, the gate can be opened and closed, and your property's entrance way will have a fresh, alluring appearance.


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A Welder in the Office

Hi, I'm Caroline. Welding has always been really fascinating to me. One day, when I was at work in my office, we had a leaky pipe in the ceiling. After calling a plumber, he called a welder who came to repair the large, open pipe. As we were all sitting there trying to work, the welder just came in and started repairing the pipe! I had never worked on a construction site before, and I probably never will. But I started thinking about what it would actually be like to work on a construction site, which led to me exploring construction themes and writing this blog!