Steel Fabrication For Historic Restorations: 4 Tips To Help Restore Wrought Iron Railing And Fencing To Its Former Glory

Wrought iron has been a popular material to use in architectural designs for centuries, which means that there are often features in historic designs that are in decay. When doing restorations, it can be a challenge to restore some of these materials that may have been handmade, and no replacements are available. Fabrication services can help you with the improvements needed to restore historic buildings and the features like wrought iron fencing. Here are some tips to help you restore wrought iron railing and fencing to its former glory:

1. Removing, Cleaning and Restoring Wrought Iron Railing Materials

When doing historical restorations, the railings of buildings may have wrought iron features or completely made of wrought iron. To ensure these materials do not get damaged while restoration work is being done, you will want to remove them. In addition, you may want to remove wrought iron materials to clean, repair and restore them back to their original conditions.

2. Using Historic Photos to Have Copies Made of Wrought Iron Materials

Sometimes, the original wrought iron features of a building's architectural design and the surrounding property can be completely missing. Through photos, you can be sure that the historic property had wrought iron features. Use the same original photos of architecture to have reproductions made of the original wrought iron features that you want to put back when doing restorations.

3. Cleaning and Repairing Damage to Wrought Iron Fencing Before Refinishing

The best way to protect wrought iron materials is to apply a protective finish, such as paint or a clear coat of sealant. When doing restorations to features like fences and gates that are exposed to the elements and vulnerable to corrosion and decay, clean them first. Clean all the materials thoroughly to exposed decay and damage that needs to be repaired. After you have completed repairs, apply a new finish to the fence and gate. In addition, you can occasionally apply a wax coating to materials to seal them and protect them from wear and decay.

4. Historically Correct Wrought Iron Reproductions, Decorations, and Gate Hardware

When doing historical restorations, you want everything to be as accurate as possible. Luckily, today there are materials like wrought iron reproductions for these types of projects. You can get historically correct reproductions of things like fences, decorations, and hardware for areas like gates. This is the best option for things like areas of wrought iron fences and gates that are too damaged by corrosion and decay to be restored.

These are some tips to help you restore wrought iron railing and fencing back to its former glory. If you have fences or railings that need restoration, contact a wrought iron fence service and talk with them about materials that are as close to historically-correct as possible.  

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