Wrought iron storm/security doors

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Old 02-16-10, 09:38 AM
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Wrought iron storm/security doors

For some reason a past owner put up these rod iron security doors up instead of the common storm doors. They have become rusty and need to be painted. I know I can take them down and have them sand blasted but that will be a pain since the screws that hold them are some sort of security screw. What I am wondering instead of having to spend days sanding them or blasting them is their a chemical similar to naval jelly that I can apply to remove the rust? Or should I just install new doors and be done with it?
 

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Well naval jelly would work for this or you could use what is referred to as rust converters(there are several brands) which convert rust to a paintable surface.

No matter what you do you will have to sand the doors to remove built up crusty rust etc.You will also need to prime them with a primer specifically for rusted metal.Then top coat with a quality oil/solvent based enamel.
 
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Old 02-16-10, 12:26 PM
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Did this a while back on a house we were sharing in CA. Wire brush (drill attachment or by hand) the worst areas..then use Rustoleum Hammered finish

Different colors available...though no straight white or anything. Oil based..and kind of a pain to work with (use lots of cheap brushes)...but it winds up looking good and lasts real well.

btw...I think you mean "wrought" iron. And they are really probably just twisted mild steel possibly with cast accents. True wrought iron security doors would be pretty expensive.
 
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I think I will give them a once over with a steel brush and then the Hammered. If that don't do it then to hell with them.
Yes I meant wrought iron
I still can't figured why they have doors like a prison on a house in a middle class neighborhood. I guess some people are just scared or dope users For my security I have Chihuahuas, most vicious animal on the planet.
 
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Well, almost every house out in CA had them, both windows and doors, and this was a pretty upper middle kind of neighborhood as well. Nice cars, boats, motorhomes, etc.

Here in this town..almost every house has a "security storm door" instead of the more typical storm doors. In fact..the local Home Dpeot doesn't even carry any storm doors over about $95...they're all special order. But they have 3 bays full of "security doors".

I put the "security doors" in quotes..cause when I took mine down after moving here..it took about 30 sec with the correct adapter on my cordless drill and it was off....not real secure huh?
 
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You need to put a coat of rusty metal primer on the doors before you top coat.No Rustoleum top coat has as effective an ability to block rust as that primer.

Rustoleum is a brand name and it should not be taken as automatically rust proof.
 
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Well...specifically states on the label..."do not apply a primer". I figured they would know..thats why I recommended this product specifically.
 
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That hammered paint is good stuff. Hides a lot of "sin" as my FiL puts it.
 
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I do like hiding sin.
I figured if it last a few years I will just coat again and again until something better comes along.
Here is south La (that is Louisiana) I live in a city, Baton Rouge, that has pockets of crime and I am not in one. Considering when these were put on it was an even safer period. Well, who knows what boils someones crawfish.
 
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Some folks are just paranoid that something bad is going to happen to them.

Cleaning up the rust, priming and painting isn't a big deal. Just think of it as normal exterior maintenance...... but then I did paint for a living
 
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I know the hammered product and I'd prime for it...that said the only reason I wouldn't is if the primer effected the appearance of the hammered look.The product itself does not have the same rust inhibitive qualities of the rusty metal primer.
 
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No problem with priming. I figure it can't hurt and might help.
To whom ever changed the title thanks. I didn't know how to do it. That is what I get for posting my question after a few shots of good Kentucky spring water.
 
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Hammered Rustoleum is great!

I used the metallic brown on galvanized fence posts and on the wire mesh itself so they would blend in with my garden better. That was 2 years ago, no priming, it still looks fine. I use it for a lot of stuff, the finish is very forgiving of flaws.
 
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