How to neutralize rust on a clothes line before repainting?

by Annetty

It is an old, rusted steel outdoor clothes line and I want to spray something on the rust before painting

  4 answers
  • 17335038 17335038 on Oct 28, 2018

    It is not cost effective to spray paint a clothes line. Most of the paint will be wasted before it adheres to the metal. Besides, the abrasion caused by the pullies will soon wear off the new paint.

    The best solution is to replace the old rusted line with a new one.

  • Dfm Dfm on Oct 28, 2018

    Rustoleum products are made to cover rusted areas. Use the primer then the paint, get any loose pieces of rust off b/4 you paint. Some rust is needed for the paint to work right

    • Annetty Annetty on Oct 29, 2018

      Thank you. I will look for Rustoleum products. To explain my original question. It is the frame of a rotary clothes line that has the rust, not the actual lines where one would peg the clothes on.

  • OceeB OceeB on Oct 28, 2018

    A new clothesline might be well worth the investment compared to the money and time you will spend trying to renew this one. Amazon has a HD steel cable clothesline for 16.99 for 200'
    Strata 200' Silver Clothesline - Super Heavy Duty Galvanized Steel Cable, PVC Coasting

  • Ann Harford Ann Harford on Nov 16, 2021

    I will not buy new.i will sand down,then rustproof.then paint.its become a planter

    Thank you for your views.