Hi. My new place has beautiful ornamental iron railings, with a
botanical motif, showing rust and signs of neglect. Given the
intricate leaves and shapes in the railing it would take a ton of time
to iron brush the rust away. I am looking for options to have the
railings restored and protected. What do you folks recommend? Many
thanks in advance.
A ton of time may be onerous, but you don't have much of a choice.
Remove all loose rust as best you can with a wire brush. It doesn't
have to be perfect and you don't have to get down to bare metal. Use
a rust converter paint or something like Hammerite by Masterchem.
I picked some up at a paint store a couple towns over couple weeks
ago. While at the counter an old timer painter with a bit of an
accent, pointed to me and said, "He's a good painter." I looked
around, not sure if he was referring to someone else (I'm not a
painter), then wondered if he knew my brother who moved years ago (he
was a painter). Neither. "He's a good painter. No one knows of that
paint and it is a very good paint." I was highly amused.
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