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    What is the best paint to stop rust on metal gates and railings?


    Hello all
    I have metal gates at the end of my driveway and metal fences and railings around the perimeter of my garden. I have noticed the paint work is beginning to wear and I am concerned about the damage of leaving them exposed to the elements for too long.
    Is there any paints which can prevent the risks of rust and other wearing on metal like this?

    Asked by jonathan on 6th Mar 2019
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    "The best way to stop the gates from rust is to get them hot-dipped galvanized then powder coated"

    Answered on 14th Mar 2021 - Member since Mar 2021 - report

    "Remove the rust, use good primer and re-paint"

    Answered on 16th Jul 2021 - Member since Mar 2021 - report

    "yes there is more than 1 outdoor metal paints 2 you can get it powder coated or you can use primer then have it sprayed by a paint shop that does body work on cars."

    Answered on 16th May 2019 - Member since May 2019 - report
    Welder/Fabricator & General DIY Work

    "Owatrol oil is good for protecting steel if you prefer, if not then you can use metal anti rust paint which also does the job"

    Answered on 25th Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    Tinman Metalworks Ltd

    Generally, the best protection you can use is Hammerite. It is a paint for metal specifically, to protect it and prevent against rusting. It may be expensive versus other paints, but it is much more effective than other paints I have tried in the past.
    Additionally, it is available as a spray instead of a normal paint can, which again, may expensive, but the spray will be much quicker and easier to apply the paint then. (Although, I would recommend using some cardboard handy to hold behind the gates/railings when spraying, to avoid mess.)
    You could also add an undercoat of Galvafroid (Anti-Corrosion Paint) which can help avoid corrosion and rust too.
    If you want to strip away the existing coats of paint (depending on their condition) you would probably be best to use a wire brush or sandpaper.
    Failing any of these options, you could always seek advice from a local metalworker who could assess the condition of your gates/fences. "

    Answered on 6th Mar 2019 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
    Optimum Conversions

    "Cant go wrong with hammerite.
    Just prepare the area first. Remove any flakey paint etc."

    Answered on 4th Jan 2020 - Member since Dec 2019 - report

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