How to Repair a Lamppost


Lampposts that are installed outdoors and exposed to the elements can start to develop rust over time. When a lamppost has rusted you will need to repair it by removing the rust and then recondition the post. Repairing a lamppost should be done when it is showing the first signs of rust. You can repair a lamppost by first examining the post to see if there is any visible rust or bubbling paint on the post.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire brush
  • #500 aluminum oxide wheel
  • Disc grinder
  • Mineral spirits
  • Primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Scrape away any loose rust that is on the lamppost with the wire brush. Scraping will also remove any paint chips, dirt and grime from the lamppost.

  • Wipe down the lamppost with a damp cloth or rag to see how much rust remains on the post.

  • Attach the #500 aluminum oxide wheel to the disc grinder. Grind away any difficult areas of rust on the lamppost.

  • Wipe down the lamppost again with the damp cloth or rag. Dampen the cloth or rag with mineral spirits to clean any remaining dust and dirt from the lamppost.

  • Allow the mineral spirits to dry and then apply a coat of metal primer to the lamp post. You can use primer that is in a spray can or apply the primer with a paintbrush.

  • Apply a new coat of paint to the lamppost. Use the paintbrush or a spray paint can to apply the paint to the lamppost.

Tips & Warnings

  • A paint sprayer can also be used to apply paint to the lamppost.
  • Liquid rust remover can be applied to the lamppost if you do not want to use a wire brush or disc grinder.
  • Wear eye protection when scraping with the wire brush and using the disc grinder.

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