It’s a fact of life for a wrought iron gate: it will eventually rust. Unfortunately, iron rusts easily.
Your automatic gate is one feature of your house that offers both security and beauty, so you’ll want to keep working and looking its best. When rust appears on the surface, you want to know how to remove and restore your electronic gate as soon as possible.
First, you’ll need to remove any rust and old paint in the affected area. Use a wire brush to scrape off the rust and paint. Be sure to scrub the tight places where rust can’t easily be seen. If you have heavy rust, call the experts at OC Gates.
Next, sand the affected area with coarse-grade sandpaper. When the rust is gone, go over the area with a medium-grade sandpaper to smooth it out. Then, buff the area down with steel wool, then wash it off with soapy water.
The next step is to neutralize the rust. Tiny rust particles can be left behind and can be removed with a commercial rust neutralizer or you can use a vinegar and lemon juice mixture.
Next, paint over the area with a rust-inhibiting primer for metal surfaces and allow it to fully dry. Then apply two coats of rust-resistant paint over the primer.
Regular maintenance to help prevent rust is important. Wash your gate with soapy water a few times a year. Oil all latches and springs, and use steel wool to stay on top of any rust that develops, followed with a vinegar and lemon juice mixture to neutralize.
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Although automatic gates are much safer than they were years ago, they are still large pieces of machinery that require safety measures to operate especially when children are around. Here are some important things to remember when it comes to automatic gate safety.
OC Gates is the leader in electronic gate repair, installation and replacement in Orange County. We are serious about the safety of our products and will do everything we can to ensure you and your family have peace of mind when using your electronic gate. Call OC Gates today at 888-325-7040.
Electric gates are one of the best ways to secure your home, and automatic gates can be installed for nearly any size property. A well-installed security gate is the first level of home safety. As we all know, crimes on residential property and home invasion are a problem in the Orange County area and a security gate will improve the safety of your home and family. Orange County Garage Doors and Gates takes your family’s safety seriously when we install any new electronic security gate.
An electronic gate installation places a barrier between your home and the world around you. It gives you peace of mind when you are away from home or not at home with your family. Criminals want to get as much as they can in the shortest amount of time and, of course, they can’t gain easy or quick access to your property if you have a properly installed security gate. Also, a gate will protect your children and pets when they want to play outside.
Orange County Garage Doors and Gates offer two ways to enter your home through your gate safely. You may use an automatic gate opener that senses when your vehicle enters the gate area. You may also opt for a card-entry system which allows only those with a card to enter. Another security feature is called “Photo Eyes” which works as an infrared sensor that will close or stop a gate from opening when necessary.
There are several different materials your gate can be made of, but wrought iron provides the strongest and most secure material for your security or driveway gate. A wrought iron gate doesn’t only provide security, it can also be customized to match your personal style.
An electronic security gate does add value to your property. Not only does it provide a look of beauty and distinction, the added safety factor is appealing to a potential home buyer.
What is an electric gate opener?
An electric gate opener features a mechanized arm that opens and closes an automatic gate. You typically have a remote control or keypad that sends a signal to the motor telling it to open or close. The nice thing about an electric gate is the safety feature. If there is an obstacle in the way, the gate will automatically reverse directions so it does not smash whatever is blocking its passage.
Here are some features of electric gate openers:
An electric gate opener works much like your standard garage door opener. When you push the hand-held transmitter or remote, a signal is sent to the receiver box, which is mounted somewhere near the gate. The receiver carries the message to the control box that activates a circuit to start movement in the gate opener arm. The arm is the part that literally swings or slides gate open and closed. Some gates feature a mode where you can program the gate to automatically close after a certain amount of time has passed.
Electric gate openers are made to operate with various swing gates and sliding gates. Each opener has a power rating the correlates to the exact size and weight of each gate. If you already have a gate installed and you want an electric gate opener, you will first want to be certain that your gate is compatible with an electric gate opener. These types of openers work with most well-made gates, but you first need to be sure that your gate is in good operating condition. A professional gate installation and gate repair company, like OC Gates, can help you decide if your gate will function properly with an electric gate opener.