Tuesday, September 22

5 Tips for Removing Rust & Restoring Your Sheet Metal

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Got rust? Sheet metal restoration has become a big do-it-yourself (DIY) project for all of the modern day Tim “The Tool Man” Taylors out there. But be warned: it is a difficult job to perform, especially when you’re trying to remove rust as part of your light to full restoration.

There is no doubt that sheet metal restoration can require a lot of professional expertise, time, energy and resources. That said, it is quite rewarding when you have finished because it is another DIY endeavour you have completed entirely on your own.

Whether you have an immense amount of rust or just minor surface rust, there are plenty of measures you can employ to ensure that you have successfully restored your sheet metal. Here are five tips for removing rust and restoring your sheet metal:

1. The Tools & Supplies You Will Need

Before you embark upon your crusade to sheet metal restoration, there are several tools and supplies you will need for the job. This will ensure you complete the task effectively and keep you safe at all times.

Here are some of the things you will need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Steel wool
  • Metal primer
  • Protective mask and gloves (see below)
  • Metal etching solution

Once you have these items with you on the project, you will have sublime sheet metal.

2. Always Wear Gloves & Protective Gear

The worst thing you could ever do is to perform such a restorative job without protection. Not only will you be unable to remove the rust and restore the sheet metal, you could potentially hurt yourself. Do you want that? Unlikely.

Simply put: you must always wear gloves and a wide array of other protective gear, like goggles, a face mask and knee pads.

3. Use a Wire Brush for Light Rust

If you only have light rust on the sheet metal then all you will need is a wire brush (or steel wool) to eradicate the rust. This will require a little bit of elbow grease, but it is worth it.

As soon as you have eviscerated the rust, be sure to wipe down the sheet metal to ensure that there are not any leftover flakes and powdery surface rust.

You can then prime the sheet metal with rust-inhibitive primer.

4. Be Sure to Work in a Well-Ventilated Space

This may be common sense, but you know what they say: common sense is not so common.

While you work on eliminating the rust, you should work in a well-ventilated space in your home. Indeed, you want as much air as possible as you work with harmful chemicals.

And, yes, this is important whether you’re sanding the sheet metal or applying a coat of paint.

5. Sand the Surface & Apply the Paint

Lastly, you should proceed to sand the surface to completely restore the sheet metal. Once this is complete, you must continue to apply a new coat of paint.

However, you must remember to apply the final coats of paint as per the manufacturer’s instructions. By refraining from doing so, you could risk not having a shine to the sheet metal.

One more thing: you can choose from a wide variety of coloured metal paints to modify the look of the sheet metal. It is entirely up to you what you want.

Got rust? Nothing scares you. Sheet metal restoration is not an easy task to perform. It requires plenty of resources, energy and time. That said, once you realize that this old sheet metal looks brand new, you will be glad that you decided to foray into this kind of DIY project. What’s next on your list?


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Fiona Thompson

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