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Metal Support Beam in Basement

Posted by claga (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 20, 12 at 12:45

When my home was built the contractor used a metal I beam in the basement for the main support beam for the house.
It has some minor rust.
What to you recommend to cover up the rust?
Should I just box the beam in, or paint?
If I paint what are the prep steps I need to take.

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RE: Metal Support Beam in Basement

Are you concerned about corrosion or appearance? If the humidity is high enough for corrosion to be a concern, you have other problems too. If humidity is within reasonable levels, the corrosion of the steel should not be a problem.

RE: Metal Support Beam in Basement

Wire brush the rust away and paint with Rustoleum or similar rust inhibiting paint.

RE: Metal Support Beam in Basement

It's for appearance. Thank you both for your suggestions.

RE: Metal Support Beam in Basement

I wouldn't use rustoleum. It's more important what you prime it with than what you finish it with. Using a rusty metal primer will let you finish it with anything.

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