Preventing Chain Link Fence Rust

Rusted Chain link fence

Chain link fencing, or chain wire fence, is made out of galvanised steel or coated PVC wire. 

Unfortunately, chain link fences that have not been manufactured or maintained properly can be prone to rust. 

To find out how to prevent chain link fence rust, check out the rest of our article and get in touch with us if you have any questions. 

Preventing Chain Link Fence Rust 

The first thing you can do to ensure your fence is corrosion resistant is book an experienced fencing contractor to manage the installation. 

At Jim’s Fencing, we have two chain wire fencing options. 

Galvanised steel – this is corrosion resistant. 

PVC coated steel wire – the coating helps to prevent corrosion but is not as effective as galvanised steel. 

Unfortunately, even though both options offer good protection, a small amount of rust can still occur. Here’s what you can do to prevent corrosion on your chain link fence. 

Regular Cleaning 

Dirt and dust can contain materials that are reactive and cause corrosion. If you see a build-up of debris on your fence, you should clean it. A regular clean will help you prevent rust. 

Cleaning your fence is simple. All you need is a bucket of warm water and some non-abrasive detergent. You can use a soft bristle brush to clean each link thoroughly. 

Chain Link Fence Rust Removal

It is important to remove any rust you find on your fence. Corrosion can result in the breakdown of entire structures, so it is best to act when you see it instead of waiting until the problem is out of control. 

If you do encounter some rust while you are cleaning your fence, here is how you can get rid of it: 

  • If it is a minor build up, you can use steel wool or sandpaper to remove it. 
  • If it is a significant build up, you can use chemicals to remove the rust. Consult with a professional fencing contractor for repair and maintenance services. 
  • After rust removal, apply a layer of rust-inhibiting primer. Wait until it is dry and add a second layer. 

Rust Protection 

To improve a chain link fence, you can add a layer of rust protection. All fences weather over time, so even if your fence is galvanised or has a coating, you can give it a boost of protection. 

There are specific products you can buy (Like STOP RUST or Rust-Oleum) or an alternative is external paint. Many external paints have included rust inhibitors. You can consult with your fencing contractor or local hardware store for a corrosion resistant external paint option. 

General Maintenance 

The best way to prevent chain link fence rust is ongoing attention. If any damage happens to your fence, it can leave the structure vulnerable to corrosion. 

Keep climbing plants away as they can bring moisture and compromise the structure of your fence. Try and do a regular check for moisture build-up, rust, and debris. 

Contact Jim’s Fencing Today 

Are you worried about chain link fence rust? Contact us today. 

Our professional fencing team can inspect existing fences and carry out repairs and maintenance. 

If you are interested in installing a brand-new chain wire fence, a free quote is only a phone call away. 

Call now on 131 546 or fill in the online form for a free consultation. 


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