To Paint or Not to Paint … a Rusty Surface

Hand wearing orange gloves and painting with a paint brush.

Steel, iron, copper, aluminum, and similar metals tend to rust, and some rusty things that you may want to paint around your house include chimney caps and window lintels. Water and air are the culprits of your rusting surfaces, and if you want to paint these areas, you may be left scratching your head as to how.

Luckily, there are only three steps to protecting and painting the rust-prone areas of your home.

Step One – Clean the Surface

The first step is to clean the surface. Rinsing with water should do the trick, but soap or products designed for cleaning rust can be used if needed.

If there is any existing paint that is flaking or chipping, it should be scraped off, leaving a smooth, clean surface. Removing any residue and debris from the surface will give the next step the best opportunity to work well.

Step Two – Apply Rust Inhibiting Primer

This is the most crucial step in tackling rust. Repeat – this is the most crucial step!

The primer will not only prevent future rusting, but if paint were to be applied straight on without the primer, the rust would eat right through the paint. Eventually rust will come through again through over time, but the process is greatly slowed down. The primer is not only protecting your surface, but the paint you are putting onto it, as well.

Rust inhibiting primer can and should also be used before you start to see rust. This preventative measure will extend the life of the paint you put onto metal.

Step Three – Paint

After using your rust inhibiting primer, you can go in with essentially any paint, as long as it is suited for the area you are painting.

There are some protective enamels that will give you an attractive finish with the rust preventing properties, and this can be a good option if you are not wanting a very specific color, as it is most easily found in basic neutral colors.

Rusty Nails

Steel nails will rust, but you can replace them with galvanized or other non-rusting nails.

If the nails are too rusty to be removed, you should sand them down to only the shiny metal, then countersunk; coated with a rust-preventive primer; and then caulked, filled, or patched; and top coated.

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The Indianapolis painters here at Elite Pro Painting are focused on making sure that you receive services that are above and beyond what you would expect from a painting company. We start by providing a free estimate on our services and have experienced painters who are very helpful and clean up their job site each day before they leave. You will also receive service that is honest, forthright, and ethical from our small family owned and operated business. Whether you need help with interior painting, exterior painting, or commercial painting, we are able to provide you with thoughtful services. Elite Pro Painting are Indianapolis painters that are not only professional, we go the extra mile to make sure that you have a great experience. If you need Indianapolis painters, you have come to the right place. We are a family – owned painting contractor that services the Indianapolis area.

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