How Do You Protect Outdoor Metal Art

How Do You Protect Outdoor Metal Art

Are you interested in indoor and outdoor home decoration? Since you are here, we take yes as your answer. Placing the right accessories, such as decoration items, planters, and metal art indoors and outdoors, offer you a delightful sight while ensuring an overall aesthetic appearance of your home

However, outdoor decoration is more challenging than indoor as it includes landscaping, tending to the lawns, and installing metal garden art. Moreover, you must keep the metal railing, gate, patio furniture, and other metal art rust-free and gleaming.

Read along to learn how to protect outdoor metal art from rust, water, weather, and corrosion.

Selecting outdoor art in metal is an excellent choice as it’s durable and requires less maintenance. However, you must prevent rust at any cost from destroying the precious outdoor metal art.

Protecting Outdoor Metal Art

One of the most significant reasons behind selecting metal art for the patio, garden, and backyard is it’s long-lasting. In addition to adding volume outdoors, metal art contributes to positivity, freshness, and vibrance. As a result, people spend more time outdoors breathing fresh air while enjoying the visual aesthetics of outdoor metal art.

That’s why homeowners should protect outdoor metal art from tarnishing and weathering by following these methods.

Rust Removal

You should make friends with an anti-corrosion spray to protect outdoor metal art from extreme weather. You must hang or place the metal art under the roof to protect it from rain.

Fortunately, you can make rust removals at home using the ingredients available in your kitchen. For instance, you can use lemon, limes, and salt to gently scrub the rust from metal art.

Similarly, you can skin raw potatoes, sprinkle some salt on them and rub the rusted metal pieces. Moreover, you can sprinkle washing soda on the metal art and then gently wipe ketchup over it to remove the rust. Alternatively, you can make a paste of baking soda, tartar, and hydrogen peroxide to treat rust.

Lastly, vinegar, salt, and baking soda combine to form an effective rust remover at home.

Galvanize the Metal

One of the most effective ways to protect the outdoor metal art is to coat them with rust-resistant metal. First, you can conveniently buy aerosol spray cans containing cold galvanizing compounds from the market. Next, you can spray them over the outdoor iron metal structures and fences to prevent corrosion.

Bluing Technique

You can use the bluing method to protect outdoor steel art from rust. You can either opt for hot or cold bluing. However, the hot bluing process requires you to heat the metal pieces in a chemical mix.

On the other hand, you can use the cold bluing technique by rubbing the premixed bluing solution on the metal art to form an outer protective coating. The cold bluing method works with iron alloy and metal but not stainless steel.

Lastly, as the name suggests, this method leaves a blue patina over the metal art, thus changing the original color.

Other Useful Tips

In addition to the methods discussed above, you should also keep the following points in mind to ensure the longevity of outdoor metal art.

Decide Between Corrosive and Anti-Corrosive Outdoor Metal Art

Before selecting metal art for outdoor display, let’s understand the difference between corrosive and anti-corrosive metals. For instance, metals containing iron, cast iron, and steel are prone to corrosion.

Rust usually happens when iron comes in contact with the oxygen and moisture present in the air, forming the resultant iron oxide compound.

Copper, like iron, also leads to a chemical reaction with air and water to create a green patina on the metal exterior. For instance, the copper content in brass makes it green while tarnishing the sterling silver.

Nonetheless, the oxidation effect on metals differs from one another. Sadly, rust weakens and ultimately destroys the metal. On the other hand, the green patina formed by copper acts as an external protective shield.

Iron and steel are the coercive metals creating rust when in contact with oxygen and water.  On the contrary, you must select the outdoor metal art made of the following:

  • Stainless steel – An alloy containing iron and 18 percent chromium. Iron is indeed prone to rust; however, chromium creates a protective coating to prevent oxygen and water from reacting with iron which leads to corrosion.
  • Aluminum – The lightweight aluminum, upon exposure to water, forms an external costing of aluminum oxide to prevent rusting.
  • Copper or brass – As discussed earlier, copper becomes green by reacting with water and oxygen to protect the metal underneath from rusting.
  • Galvanized steel – Consists of carbon steel with a thin zinc coating to protect the steel from corrosion.

Keep in mind that prevention is better than cure. That’s why it’s best to select metal art made of coated metals wisely. As a result, the metal art pieces with powder-coated surfaces and baked-on enamel guarantee reliability and are less prone to flaking or peeling.

Installation Using Right Tools

You must use the right metal products and supplies to install the metal art. Incorrect installation using substandard meal tools and post drivers can lead to rust and corrosion. For instance, you must use galvanized nails to hang the metal art outdoors.

Regular Cleaning

Dust is everywhere and spreads indoors and outdoors through wind and air. Moreover, it accumulates over time over the outdoor metal art.

To wipe away the dust, you need to clean the outdoor decorative items with a clean, soft cotton or microfiber fabric. A smooth cloth doesn’t damage the metal or cause scratches over the surface.

You can use the homemade rust removals discussed above at least twice a year to keep outdoor metal art clean and sparkling.

Final Thoughts

Outdoor metal art offers a delightful sight to the onlookers. Therefore, the homeowners need to take care of the valuable metal art by following the above step-by-step guide. You should never delay the repairing process once you see the signs of rust over the metal art.

Lastly, you can refinish the metal art in case of extensive damage. You must scrape away the old coating before applying the metal primer and metal paint.

Warwick Braith

Warwick Braith is a thrill seeker at heart. He loves getting outdoors and testing his limits in the wild. As a blogger for YapQ, Warwick provides readers with insights and tips on how to get the most out of their outdoor experiences. Whether it's hiking, camping, or simply exploring nature, Warwick knows how to make the most of it.

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