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Old 09-23-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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what is best way to deal with/pain rusted chain link fence?

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Go to hardware store. Walk to paint aisle. Walk down aisle to the Rust Oleum or enamel paint is. Find color to your liking. Find a paint brush or roller and pan to pour paint in. Take items to cashier to pay for. Get in car & go home and paint.

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The amount of rusted area in square feet of fence may may be a determining factor how it's dealt with, but in general wire brush the best you can to remove what rust you can and then apply a phosphoric acid product to neutralize ( ? ) the rust. Various home centers will have this under various product names. I have a quart and if you need the name just ask. Paint the fence the next day if painting is what you prefer.

Depending on the area I may just be reaching for my 12" paint roller and tray to apply the acid on that type of job.
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Chain link is the absolute toughest substrate to paint. I hate it. If it's rusty you will want to wire brush it as Fairview said. Then you can apply a rusty metal primer to the rusty spots. Allow that to dry. Then apply some aluminum paint or SW has something called "Fencebrite" which is a very shiny aluminum paint. Applying it is difficult at best. If you roll it, it works best if you have a person on each side rolling with a thick roller cover. Cover everything cause this paint splatters everywhere! If you spray it's even more of a messy proposition and takes some real technique to do it right without wasting a lot of paint. Hopefully someone chimes in with some even better tips.........
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There is no easy way to do this
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Sure there is. Dip it.

When working in the hollows of Virginia, where some of the most prolific advice on this site comes from, we would dig a trench under the existing fence 1' taller than the fence all the way around the perimeter. Fill with primer. Dip fence in for the primer. Let dry. Remove primer from trench and fill with paint. Dip twice allowing to dry between coats. Remove paint from trench. Reset posts and fill with dirt. Run rainbow colored vinyl slats through grid pattern. Place lawn ornaments in front of refinished fence. Done deal.

Seriously, if I could pawn it off, I sub-contracted it to an electrostatic painting company that could put a beautiful finish on chain link fencing for a lot less than what I would have had to charge. No way I could have matched the finish with brush, roller or conventional sprayer either. And of course clients had choice of color.

Otherwise, the two person method (if you happen to have or can bid an extra person) matching you with a roller on the other side has worked best for me.

I HATED PAINTING CYCLONE FENCING.

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... but in general wire brush the best you can to remove what rust you can and then apply a phosphoric acid product to neutralize ( ? ) the rust
Yes can you please share with us the name of the product please? Thanks!
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The problem with acid and neutralizing the reaction is you still need to follow with a self-etching rust inhibiting metal primer before painting.

I would wire brush anything loose, then apply a rust converting primer. Your paint store should be able to order it for you. It is not cheap. Not all works on galvanized metal.

Follow with whatever finish coat.

Do think about buying some disposable, full protection suits for this. No matter how careful you are, you will get primer and paint all over yourself. I say again, I HATED PAINTING CHAIN LINK!

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Yes can you please share with us the name of the product please? Thanks!
JASCO is what I've used and was purchased at Lowe's but I'm not getting anything there now from research.

There are several phosphoric acid paint and prep products, if we google, that will probably work just as well. You might try automotive, paint or hardware stores.
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Find a company that sells industrial coatings. Alot of industrial products can be applied to sound rusted metal. Look for an aluminum moisture-cured urethane. Check with Gulf Coast Paint Co. in Loxley, AL to see if they have distribution where you are.
http://www.gulfcoastpaint.com/
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Sand Blast, Spray White Metal Primer, Spray Finish?

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