If you have rust on your wrought iron railing, here is what you need to do this spring to get rid of the rust and make your wrought iron railing to look great.
#1 Remove Rusted Railing
The first thing you need to do is remove the rusted railing. There are a few different ways you can go about doing this. To start with, if the iron is really rusted and worn down, you may be able to break off the railing. To do this, put on some thick gloves and bend the railing back and forth until it breaks off. This only works if the railing is really weak; otherwise, you are going to need to cut it off.
To cut off the rusted railing, you are going to want to put on protective eyewear, face mask and ear plugs. Then, you are going to want to use a reciprocating saw to cut off the railing as close as possible to the bottom. You should be able to cut off the rest of the rusted railing.
#2 Measure The Area
Second, once you removed the rusted railing, you need to measure how much railing you removed. Measure the length of one post on the railing to another in order to see how much new railing you need to add. It is always a good idea to add a couple of inches to your measurements so you have a little extra railing to work with.
#3 Secure New Railing
Third, it is time to secure the new railing. To secure the railing, you are going to want to take the railing and first prepare it with some primer. The metal primer will help keep the railing in place. You are going to need someone to hold the new railing onto the posts. As someone holds the railing in place, you are going to want to apply metal bonding adhesive at the place where the railing and the posts meet. This will help hold the railing in place. You'll want to apply downward pressure on the railing where it meets with the posts after you apply the bonding adhesive.
If you need to put new posts in place, the process of adding them is similar to the railing. Cut or break off the rusted posts, measure the area, and purchase new wrought iron posts. To keep it in place, apply metal primer and then use metal bonding material to ache the post to the ground and to the new railing. You may also need to use hydraulic cement to secure the new post to the ground.
If you are tired of your iron railing, you can also choose to have a contractor remove the entire railing system, and replace it with a type of material that will stand up better to rain and varied conditions and will not rust, such as a glass railing.