Do you paint steel brick headers over exterior doors?
My house is all brick. There is a thick steel or iron "header" that supports the brick over top of all exterior entry doors and garage doors. The headers over the windows are hidden by the window trim. There is no eveidence that suggests this has ever been painted. The house was built in 1990 - so its 21 years old now. It now has a totally rusty patina. There are no rust stains that go down the brick, and no rust spots below it on the concrete (maybe its not really rust?), so as far as appearance goes, I am totally happy just leaving it alone. I was just wondering - is this stuff designed to be unpainted and get all rusty looking? Is the rust purely cosmetic, or in time will this rust get so bad that it will fail to support the brick? Should I take a grinder to this, get rid of the rust and paint it with a rust inhibitor?