Protect Your Steel Building From Rust

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Steel is a popular choice when it comes to building a commercial structure. It is attractive, durable, and affordable. Learn how to protect your steel building from corrosion, which could lead to rust forming. The steps listed below will help you to care for your building so that it will continue to look great and protect the items that are located inside. 

Use These Items

  • pressure washer
  • long handled scrub brush (natural bristles)
  • hose
  • ladder
  • rust inhibiting finish
  • roller
  • roller handle
  • painters tape
  • plastic sheeting
  • scissors
  • paint tray
  • mixing stick

Wash And Prepare The Building

Remove any surface dirt, grease, or foreign material by spraying the building with a pressure washer. If you do not have a pressure washer at your disposal, spray the building off with a hose. You need to use a brush with soap and water to remove any dirty areas that are stubborn. Make sure the brush is made out of natural bristles and that it has a long handle, allowing you to reach far. Use a ladder to assist with cleaning areas near the top of the building. Rinse the soap off the building with clear water. Wait for the surface to dry.

Add A Protective Layer

Cover any parts of the building that you do not want exposed to the rust inhibitor. Use painters tape to complete this step. For large areas, such as windows, cut a piece of plastic sheeting and tape down the sides. Stir the inhibitor and pour it into a paint tray. Dip the roller into the tray, making sure that it is evenly coated. Apply the product to the building in straight, even lines. Cover the entire building and allow the product to dry for a couple hours. Add an additional coat so that the building is sufficiently covered. Allow the building to dry before removing the tape. 

Keep Your Building Clean And Have It Inspected

The rust inhibitor will help protect your building for several years, but it is still important to take good care of the surface to keep it further protected. Wash your building off regularly so that it continues to look great. Hire a professional contractor, such as Central Canadian Structures Inc., to inspect your building each year. They will be able to determine if any underlying problems are present and will be able to make repairs if they ever become necessary. By following these steps, your building will look great and you will avoid costly repairs. 

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