Let’s face it, when it comes to replacing anything metal, you can end up spending a lot of money. Did you know that in some cases there’s no need for you to replace your damaged metal item?
There are some easy metal fixes that you can do at home and without help from anyone. Let’s take a look at what these fixes are so you know where and how you can save money:
Patching up a Hole
Building components and metal roofs can often become damaged, even if you take good care of them. While it might seem odd to fix metal on your own, it’s perfectly possible. If you want to mend a roof, simply install a patch to replace the damaged area. The patch needs to be slightly bigger than the damaged part. This is so that it can be attached easily and it completely covers the hole.
Using some wire snips, cut away the damaged part and replace it using a metal sealant. Wipe any excess sealant away when you’re done and you should find your metal roof is as good as new.
No matter how well you take care of metals such as copper and silver it will start to become dull. However, you do not need to spend a lot of money on chemicals that might work.
There is a novel but effective solution. This might sound a little strange, but it really works. Get some ketchup and coat your dull metal items with it. Leave the ketchup on your metal items for up to 30 minutes. If your items are very dull they will need to be coated for 30 minutes, if they’re a little faded, 5 minutes should do. If you’re not sure how much ketchup to use, start with a little and work your way up. Please note, ketchup is a little acidic, so make sure you don’t let it sit on jewelry or delicate metals for too long.
Be sure to rinse the ketchup off completely and dry the item thoroughly.
Rust can damage metal pretty badly if it’s allowed to. Some people make the mistake of painting over the rust and assuming it will do the job. However, this is a mistake. Rust that is left untreated can seriously damage the metal.
Aggressively sand the metal so you get rid of the worse of the rust. Use a power sander or some regular sandpaper. Once you’re done, use a metal brush to eliminate any rust and paint.
Now take some metal filler and smooth it over the metal using a putty knife. Once it is dried, uses some sandpaper to make the filler smooth. You do not need to spend a lot of money on new metal items. There are some easy and some novel ways to deal with any issues you come across. Just be sure to take your time and work carefully so you give the metal a new lease of life.