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How to paint steel security gates, railings and burglar bars

As a nation that takes home security seriously, our homes are fitted with security gates and burglar bars, as well as pallisade or steel railings. Over time these become dull or pitted with spots of rust, and this can easily be remedied.


My security gates were starting to look grubby and spots of rust were appearing here and there. If you don't attend to rust spots as they appear, the rust eats into the steel and makes the problem even worse.





Rust-Oleum Rust Stripper removes even the heaviest rust to leave a clean surface. It is applied to metal according to the instructions and creates a smooth, rust-free surface for painting. I use an old toothbrush to apply Rust Stripper where needed, and be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. After treating rust, you need to paint within 24 hours after application.

For gates and railings I recommend using Rust-Oleum Universal Hammered. Cover surrounding areas with scrap cardboard or a black plastic bin liner before you spray and then shake the can well. Because the can is designed to spray at any angle, getting into tights spots is easy. After spraying one side, move your cardboard or plastic to the other side before spraying. That way you can cover bars and railings easily and quickly.

The end result is a smooth, rust-free finish that is durable and long-lasting. You can use Rust-Oleum Universal on interior and exterior steel finishes and it offers a fade and chip-resistant finish. The formula includes a rust preventative that protects steel from rust.

Rust-Oleum products are available on the shelf at your local Builders Warehouse.