Asked on May 12, 2017

Need to find out how to clean rust off my garden chain link fence

ChrisHillela G.


2 answers
  • Hillela G.
    on May 13, 2017

    • Rinse the chain-link fence with water from the garden hose, setting the nozzle on the highest pressure setting and holding it a few inches from the rusty spots to remove loose rust pieces.
    • Scrub the rusty spots with a wire brush, moving the brush back and forth over the spots to flake off the rust. Use a synthetic steel-wool pad, sandpaper or emery cloth to get rust out of crevices and other hard-to-reach spots.
    • Spread naval jelly onto remaining rust spots using a small paintbrush. Let it sit for 10 minutes, the wipe the jelly and rust off the chain-link fence with a damp rag.
    Dampen a rag with mineral spirits once the majority of the rust is gone. Scrub the fence with the rag and mineral spirits to remove any remaining rust and residue from the fence, switching to a clean rag as needed.
  • Chris
    on May 18, 2017

    my mom painted the chain link fence with silver paint. Just use a small roller and have it on a mop handle, and it goes on quickly. You can even paint the other side by using the roller and handle and reaching down over the top. If you use a thicker nap roller, it even catches the edges of the fencing.
    Just know that in some cities (Detroit), you actually only 'own' one fence-either the east side or the west side. Maybe talk to your neighbor to make sure there are no problems later. the other side might look odd with only the edges having silver paint if they don't want you to paint it. No need to make enemies with those who live next door.
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