Have A Chain Link Fence? Here's How To Protect It From Rusting

One of the great things about owning a chain link fence is that it requires very little maintenance. Eventually though, normal wear, accidents, and the weather can take their toll. You want to keep up with repairs on your fence, or rust may develop. Here's what you can do to keep your fence in good repair and ward off rust.

Small Nicks And Scratches

Chain link fences are made from galvanized metal. That means zinc has been added during the manufacturing process to help prevent rusting. Unless your fence is very old, the only areas that are vulnerable to rust are the places that are nicked or scratched.

You should always repair these, even if rust hasn't developed yet. The first step is to remove any visible rust. You can do this with a wire brush or steel wool pad. Once the rust is gone, you'll need to cover the metal to keep the rust from coming back. Do this with metal paint. Choose a silver or gray color that matches your fence, so the repairs are not obvious.

Large Areas Of Rusting

If you move into a home with an old neglected fence, it may be covered in rust. You could replace the fence, or you can save some money and rejuvenate it. You won't want to scrub the entire fence with a wire brush, so use a rust removing product instead.

Spray it on and let it eat away the rust. Be sure to wash the fence thoroughly after that to get rid of all the rust flakes and dirt, so the surface is ready to paint. Since you'll be painting the entire fence, you can choose any color you like. Once you've painted your fence, it will need regular touch ups to keep the fence looking its best.

Vinyl Coated Fences

Vinyl coated chain link fences have superior protection against rust because the vinyl protects the metal from scratches. However, you still should repair cuts in the vinyl and areas around the gate mechanism that get scratched and worn.

If the vinyl is worn away and you see rust, be sure to remove the rust first with a wire brush or rust remover. Otherwise, clean the area and then cover the cut with a coat of plastic paint. To cover large scratches that cross both metal and vinyl around the gate area, use sandpaper to rough up the area before you paint. Then spray plastic paint over the scratches. Choose plastic paint because it will adhere to both the vinyl coating and the metal posts.

It may sound like a lot of work, but the key to keeping it simple is to make repairs as soon as you notice the damage. Rust will spread if you ignore it, and then you'll face a much bigger repair job.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Avalon Fencing or a similar company.