How to Paint a Rusty Metal Fence

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Metal fences rust over time if not properly protected from the elements, leaving your yard with an eyesore. Painting your rusty fence can liven up your yard and only requires a little extra time and effort than painting a fence without rust. Help avoid future rust by painting the fence with two layers of outdoor paint to protect it from the elements.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire brush
  • Rust converter
  • Paint brushes
  • Outdoor paint
  • Scrape any loose rust off of the fence with a wire brush.

  • Paint the rusty parts of the fence with a rust converter and allow it to dry, which may take two to four hours. A rust converter takes the place of a primer and converts the rust into a protective black layer.

  • Paint the fence with a coat of outdoor paint and allow it to dry, which may take four to six hours. Paint a second layer of outdoor paint on the fence for added protection and a bolder color.

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References

  • "Home Improvement All-in-One For Dummies"; Roy Barnhart, et al.; 2004
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images
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