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Pictures Fixing Up Second-Hand Aviaries, Progress and Advice?

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I've had several second hand aviaries for a few months now. I am ever so slowly fixing them up, I am looking for advice and also want to make a progress thread for anyone interested. I will be focusing on one at a time.
This is the first one. (All stuff has since been cleared out and I've done basic cleaning, disinfecting is still to come)
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The biggest issue I've run into right now is the rust. I've tossed up whether a fresh coat of paint will help or not? Any suggestions on dealing with that would be greatly appreciated!
These areas I plan to work around by: Everywhere marked by blue will be covered up (I most likely will be wrapping in sisal and replacing as needed, some areas will be blocked off by wood or something). The red area (the roof, on both halves of the enclosed part) I think I am going to create a "false roof" of sorts and just block off that whole area.
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I know the rust would have to be removed first, but no idea of the best method. I wonder if it would just take hours of scrubbing with a stiff brush so as not to use a chemical rust remover?
 

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The proper method is to remove the rust with a hand grinder and either a wire wheel or abrasive disk and then powder coat the metal.
 

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On an old cage - I've removed rust with a jeweler file and then coated with the bare metal with Rust-Oleum. Do you think Rust-Oleum safe? I don't use this cage with my birds but I've had it for a backup and I've always felt uncomfortable using it.
 

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On an old cage - I've removed rust with a jeweler file and then coated with the bare metal with Rust-Oleum. Do you think Rust-Oleum safe? I don't use this cage with my birds but I've had it for a backup and I've always felt uncomfortable using it.
Any kind of "paint" is a soft coating that wears off and also can be chewed off. In a large aviary where the birds spend little/no time on any of the metal it may be fine. In a more confined space where the birds are forced to spend time on the metal and beak it then it's not safe.
 

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Thanks everyone!
The proper method is to remove the rust with a hand grinder and either a wire wheel or abrasive disk and then powder coat the metal.
I'll see if I can get anyone willing to do the hand grinding (it took weeks for me to finally use a pressure washer, I dont think I am brave enough to use something like a grinder just yet :o:).
Powder coating is not an option, unfortunately, as these aviaries weight a ridiculous amount and are not being moved anywhere anytime soon.
How to I go about finding a suitable paint?
 

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I’d be just as concerned about any paint used as I would be about the rust so I’d personally be inclined to just remove the rust, treat or cover with a suitable paint to hopefully slow down or halt its return and then strategically use wood to cover the areas as paint and rust is only a problem if the birds get to it or of course if the rust is deep enough to cause structural problems.
 

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treat or cover with a suitable paint
But what is a suitable paint? I know art paints, dont have the foggiest idea when it come to any other paint.
All the horizontal bars are going to be cover in some way as I am not going to have birds perching on metal.
 

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Not sure how helpful or relevant this is- but regarding paint maybe look up sealing ponds/aquariums and reptile enclosures.
they tend to use particular pond safe paints that won’t offgass and hurt the fish/reptiles.
It’s been some years so I can’t remember all the names. I believe a big one in aus was called pond-tite or similar.
 

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But what is a suitable paint? I know art paints, dont have the foggiest idea when it come to any other paint.
All the horizontal bars are going to be cover in some way as I am not going to have birds perching on metal.
I have never needed to personally paint over rusted metal.
It looks like there are a heap of paints designed to deal with rust issues.
Most hits I got on Google were for car shops like supercheap auto and auto pro.

I found one particular product called XTROLL rust conquerer that you might want to look up. XTROLL Rust Conqueror - Rust Inhibitor & Sealer
 

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Since you are painting metal it has to be a metal paint like "Tremclad" rust paint. Once dry and fully cured it won't be any more or less toxic than any other paint. I've had the best long lasting results with that brand. A gloss finish will last a bit longer than a dull finish.
 

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Any kind of "paint" is a soft coating that wears off and also can be chewed off. In a large aviary where the birds spend little/no time on any of the metal it may be fine. In a more confined space where the birds are forced to spend time on the metal and beak it then it's not safe.
Thanks. I bought it as a short term use cage for a back-up when cleaning their main cage. It wouldn't be anything for long-term use. Or I could use it to take them outside for an hour. It's too small to be used for a full time enclosure, but okay for small amounts of time for the budgies.
 
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