ON a well-used path, AG gardening editor Kris Collins restores a rusty drain cover back to black


Here’s How:

Step 1 Use a stiff wire brush to remove loose rust.  You can if necessary apply  WD-40 first to soften the rust. If you do this, scrub with detergent and dry before applying paint

Step 2 Having scrubbed and thoroughly  dried the metal  apply undercoat of specialist metal primer paint. Leave it to dry for at least four hours before moving on to step 3

Step 3 Apply your chosen finishing colour (again a specialist metal paint), spread the paint thinly to avoid paint pooling. A second coat will give a really durable finish