Creative pieces hand welded from horseshoes and random metal objects

Care and Feeding:

Regardless how a piece of steel is treated, if left outside in a moist environment it will eventually start to rust at some point in time.    I use a four step process to mitigate the rust problems which seems to work quite well.  In fact I have left several pieces outside since early spring (remember all the rain?), and they only  have a very few spots that have started to show any signs of surface rust.  This only has happened in places where I have not been able to get a good coat of paint inside of a tight joint or weld.  The steps I perform are as follows:

  1. Thoroughly clean the metal with a wire brush and  Metal Blast Rust Treatment
  2. Apply a solid coat of Rustoleum Rust Reformer
  3. Apply coat(s) of Rustolem spray paint for the primary colors and touch up with hand painted acrylic as needed.
  4. Apply 2 coats of Rustoleum clear coat to protect from the elements

In addition I would recommend these tips:

  1. Do not display in an area of standing water.
  2. If possible place the artwork on a flat rock or stepping stone to keep it from the ground moisture and mud.
  3. Examine the item for rust spots every fewmonths or so.
  4. Keep the item clean (dust and dirt attract moisture).
  5. Move the item indoors or cover with tarp for the winter season.

If you notice any rust then clean it off with a small wire brush and spray the area with Rustoleum Rust Reformer.  This will cause the remaining surface rust to convert into a paintable black surface.  After 24 hours you can paint the affected area or just leave it alone if it is not too noticeable.  Many people including myself feel that a little rust on a patio or lawn decoration actually enhances the look of the artwork.  All it takes is minimal care to keep your purchase looking nice and it will last for many years.  If you are not willing or able to clean the occasional surface rust and would like me to do it for you that can be arranged as well.  If it is a minor area I would likely clean it free of charge, but if you have a piece that has been neglected and shows significant rust then there will be a reasonable fee.

To Summarize:

  • If displayed inside then rust will not be a problem at all
  • If displayed outside in a sheltered area then a small amount of maintenance may be needed
  • If displayed outside without any shelter from the elements then more maintenance will be needed
  • Occasional maintenance will keep your artwork looking great for years!

If you have any questions, then please don't hesitate to contact me via my Contact Page.