How to Repaint a Metal Gate or Fence That's Rusty

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether your metal gate has begun to deteriorate or attract rust, you should be able to transform it by effectively removing the rust and adding a fresh coat of paint. Of course, the most important aspect of this process will involve the complete removal of any rust. While this may take several hours of your time, it is certainly less expensive than having to replace the gate completely.

Put on your gloves and safety glasses. Remove any loose rust on your metal gate or fence with a wire brush or steel wool.

Apply the rust stripper with a small paintbrush. Allow the product to sit for at least 15 minutes before washing it off with a hose.

Remove any remaining rust with your wire brush and wash the gate or fence off again. Allow the fence to dry before continuing.

Apply a single coat of outdoor metal primer with your paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry before proceeding.

Finish the gate or fence with two coats of exterior metal paint in the colour of your choice, allowing time for the paint to dry between coats.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire brush or steel wool
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Rust stripper
  • Metal primer paint
  • Outdoor metal paint
  • Paintbrush
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About the Author

Jason Alexander began his professional writing career in 2003. He has worked as a staff writer at several different newspapers, including the "Eagle Times" and the "Northwoods Sporting Journal." He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from a university in New England.