Our outdoor aluminium poles have surface rust, what the best way to remove it/clean it with? Do I need a primer if so what do I use?
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Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Needhelp3. It's brilliant to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about removing rust.
As @Brad has mentioned, if the posts are rusting, they are more likely to be steel than aluminium. Aluminium corrodes, but it doesn't rust. He's also probably alluding to the fact that as this rust doesn't appear to be too prolific, you could strip the area back with a sander and 40-80Grit sandpaper. Whilst you are there, you might as well remove any of that deteriorated paint that is flaking off. Alternatively, if you really felt inclined, you could strip all the paint off with a paint stripper before removing the rust and re-painting. That would be a bit of a job, though.
Once done and if there are only minimal traces of rust left, you can coat over them with White Knight Rust Guard Medium Grey Metal Primer Paint. When the primer is dry, you can add your topcoat.
Hi, yes I do have a grinder and a sander. I'm guessing it will be a bit of work for me.
Following @MitchellMc's recommendation, once you've stripped and primed the post, I suggest painting it with White Knight 1L White Gloss Rust Guard Quick Dry Advanced Enamel Paint tinted to your desired colour. The White Knight Rust Guard paint comes in several finishes so please choose accordingly.
Please keep us updated with your progress, we look forward to seeing your steel posts refreshed.
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