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How to stop metal going rusty in the garden?

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Shared by Linda Headley | Question date:  Aug 16, 2022 | Member since:  Aug 16, 2022

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Sorry for the terrible pictures, I'm not much of a photographer. I just wanted to share a tip to stop metal going rusty in the garden. And I have say that this trick has been really quite successful. And if you are in the UK, especially, you are going to need this tip.

So how do I stop metal going rusty in the garden?

Well a few years back, I found this great little deal on a fun swing seat set for the back garden. So I bought one and my sister actually bought the same set, at more or less the same time. And although the frame was painted, all the nuts and bolts and some other pieces weren't. And if you live in the UK, you know we have the worst climate in the whole world. Mostly damp is the weather forecast, pretty much every day.

So I wanted to at least get a good few years out of it and was worried it would just start rusting, before it actually came to the end of it's life. So what did I do?

I actually got some Vaseline and rubbed it all over the exposed metalwork. I was thinking that if I can create a barrier between the metal and the air, then maybe it won't actually rust. And at first I was thinking of some sort of oil, maybe even cooking oil. And then I thought Vaseline would be much more sticky and probably would last longer. I was quite liberal and coated everything I could see and then basically forgot all about it for a few years.

Then last weekend I was at my sisters and she was complaining about her swing and it triggered my memory. So we had an exact comparison. We even live quite close to each other. Her swing really was surprisingly rusted and really does not look as if it has much life left in it, to be honest. And yet mine, well I hate to say it, because I feel a bit guilty, but mine looks perfect, apart from the obvious colour weathering.

In fact, there are some small rusty parts in it, but these are where the legs were painted and it has peeled off. So even the paint couldn't resist the UK weather.

So I think I will have another go around with the Vaseline and see if I can get another few years out of this swing set.

So if you want to know how to protect exposed metal outside, then just cover it in Vaseline.

Hope this tip helps someone out.
Linda



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Shared by Linda Headley
Question date:  Aug 16, 2022
Member since:  Aug 16, 2022
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