wrought/cast iron railing care


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Old 10-03-23, 12:18 PM
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wrought/cast iron railing care

Have what I think is a wrought or cast iron railing outside of my home. Can the chips be cleaned up with some rustoleum or other product, or is it time to replace?
It was here when we bought the house 7 years ago and I assume it was there for many years before. I like the old-school railing style because it aligns with the traditional brick row home I live in.


 
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Old 10-03-23, 01:31 PM
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It's steel so any instructions for painting steel will be applicable. Sand, wire brush or scrape away any loose paint. Sand rusted spots down to shiny. Wash or wipe down to remove dust and oils. Then prime and paint.
 
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Thank you for the helpful response! Curious- How can you determine it is steel?
 
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1. It's rusting with a red color. That is a sign of iron, and steel is made mostly of iron. Also, steel is more common in the modern world than iron. For comparison aluminum would corrode with a white or gray crud or powder.

2. A magnet will stick to steel but does not stick to aluminum.
 
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