How to Remove Rust From Iron Gates

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How to Remove Rust From Iron Gates
Keep the iron gate pristine by removing rust. (wrought iron gate image by Svetlana Tikhonova from

After time, especially in rough climates, rust appears on iron gates and fences. The raw metal is at the mercy of the elements when the paint chips. Thus, wind, rain and snow can create rust spots. This not only looks unappealing but also can weaken the integrity of the iron. Take action as soon as the rust begins to latch onto the iron gate. This is important so the gate does not fall apart and an expensive replacement occurs.

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • 2 rags
  • Wire brush
  • Steel wool pad (optional)

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  1. 1

    Add hot water to the spray bottle. Screw the sprayer on tightly.

  2. 2

    Spray the rusted area of the gate with the water. Wipe down with one rag to remove any loose rust or dirt.

  3. 3

    Scrub the rusted portion with the wire brush. Rub the area in an up and down motion, roughly 10 to 15 times.

  4. 4

    Mist the rust with the water again. Wipe away rust particles with the first rag. Use the second rag when the first becomes too dirty to work with properly.

  5. 5

    Repeat steps 2 to 4, until you remove all the rust from the iron gate.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove the rust on a warm, sunny day. This protects the iron gate from rust returning before you paint.
  • If specks of rust remain after scrubbing, use a steel wool pad. Scour the iron up and down until the last of the rust is gone.
  • Once the iron gate is clean, repaint with a product that prevents future rust.

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