Although wrought iron is no longer produced on a commercial scale, it remains a widely used material which lately started to register an increase in popularity. Numerous products now described as wrought iron such as guard rails and gates are actually made of mild steel. The reason why they are described as being made of wrought iron is because of their history.
The earliest railings were wrought iron and this material continued to be used until the late 19th century when steel started to become popular and to replace it. In the Victorian era, decorative wrought iron gates and railings were a statement and a symbol of stature and well being.
The maintenance process of wrought iron railings includes a variety of aspects. A few signs of deterioration can include the presence of uneven surfaces which suggests that there is corrosion beneath the paint, rust-colored stains or the presence of an oily residue on the surface of the paint which suggests that the oil-based paint is breaking down.
Any signs of damage should be dealt with properly. The corroded portions should be taken care of using a wire brush, chisel or sandpaper as soon as the damage is discovered. Never paint over rust and make sure the surface is clean and well prepared. Also, make sure that the fresh paint is compatible with the ironwork and the existing paint layers.