Rusty wire cages

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wolftracks, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    I was given some cages and I really need to use them. They have a lot of rust and I spent yesterday cleaning them up, but they are bad enough that I want to make sure they look clean and are safe.

    I usually use Rustoleum?? spray paints for use with wire and metal. I just can't run out and buy that right now. Too broke. Bought feed with what I had.

    I grab odds and ends paints when I find them at HD ad Lowes to use later when I finally have some decent coops. Would something like a spread on Behr Premium paint work? Most of these are flat paint. I hate flat, but that's what they had. I need to use these cages for rabbits and quail. Just need to know if this is alright since I've never done it this way before.
     
  2. tiny529

    tiny529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know much about paints, but I would think that regular paints would just chip off, especially if it's going onto an already rusty surface.

    I've been reading that vinegar is really good for removing rust. Soak it overnight, then scrub it with a wire brush and rinse it. That will at least give you a cleaner surface for painting.
     
  3. wolftracks

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    LOL I actually have a lot of towels soaked in vinegar on them now. After I cleaned them out yesterday I covered them with them.

    I'm not to worried about the paint chipping for now, because when I can, I'll repaint them. Just not sure if this paint it OK for a quick fix till then.

    I love ehrn someone knows about vinegar for things. I buy gallons. LOL
     
  4. wolftracks

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    No no one has an opinion about this paint?

    Guess I just need to try it. I'm going to use steel wool on it first and see what happens.
     
  5. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    house paint will seal it pretty well and latex is safe even if it flakes off.

    I got some latex house paint (interior gloss at that) on my wire when I painted some of the wood and it hasn't flaked off in 4-5 months.
     
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  6. wolftracks

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    This is flat but something is better than nothing. Maybe by the time I can afford the gloss it will still be there and hold the paint better.

    My grand daughter picked out an almost Army green, so starting with that. Might look like the Partridge family bus by the time I finish.
     
  7. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The flat should be fine. I just used gloss on the wood so I could hose it down better.

    Use what you got. Green would make the wire "disappear" somewhat and show off the chickens better.

    You can usually find cheap paint at Ace or Lowes where the "mistints" are.
     
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    Quote:That's what I have.

    They're all small cans but a buck a piece. I'll make it work.
     

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