Remove Rust Spots From A Metal Gate That Is Attached To A Privacy Fence

If a metal gate that is attached to your residence's privacy fence has rust spots on its hinges and near the knob, eliminate them by completing the project below. Once finished, clean the metal and apply a coat of rust-inhibiting sealer to the gate's surface to keep it protected from corrosion in the future.


  • rust-dissolving spray
  • sponge (with slightly abrasive surface)
  • water hose
  • metal cleaning agent
  • soft-bristled scrub brush
  • lint-free cloths
  • metal polish
  • buffing pad
  • can of rust-inhibiting sealer
  • wooden stick
  • paint tray
  • paint roller
  • extension handle
  • thin paintbrush

Apply A Rust-Dissolving Spray To The Rust Spots

Close and secure the gate. Squirt an even amount of a rust-dissolving spray directly on each rust spot that is on one side of the gate. Open the gate and move to the other side of it before closing and securing it. Treat the opposite side with the spray. Apply the spray to the hinges, as well. Wait the amount of time listed on the spray bottle for the product to penetrate the rust spots. Use a damp sponge that has a slightly abrasive surface to loosen each rust spot.

Press on the sponge but do not rub the metal while applying too much pressure because the sponge's abrasive surface could cause scratches to form on the metal surface. Rinse both sides of the gate off with a water hose afterwards.

Clean The Gate And Apply A Sealer

Use an agent that is designed to clean metal and a soft-bristled scrub brush to remove surface dirt from each side of the gate. Dry the gate off with a lint-free cloth. Pour a small amount of metal polish onto one side of a buffing pad. Buff the metal surface by applying the pad to the metal and moving it around in small circles. Wipe away excess polish with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Stir the contents of a can of clear, rust-inhibiting sealer. Pour some of the sealer into a paint tray. Apply the sealer to each side of the gate with a paint roller. Cover small grooves or decorative trim on the gate's surface with a thin paintbrush. Also cover each of the hinges with a thin paintbrush. Wait for the sealer to dry. Once this occurs, you can use the gate. It will have an improved appearance and won't be likely to become damaged if it is exposed to moisture. For more information, contact companies like Morris Fence Co.