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Old 12-29-2016, 02:32 PM  
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What would you exactly call that rusting white metal?



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Old 12-29-2016, 02:55 PM  
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That is a steel, brick lintel.

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Old 12-29-2016, 03:03 PM  
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That is a steel lintel that takes the load of the bricks above and spreads that load to each side of the door. You will have that over the windows too.
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Old 12-29-2016, 06:48 PM  
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Can I replace that easily? or should i just paint over it?
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You won't be changing that piece, it is part of the structure, it wants to be painted with a paint for steel.
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Sand, prime and paint.
DO NOT ATTEMPT REMOVAL.
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There are rust inhibiting primers, use oil base material.
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I've done many of those over the years. If it's rusty, clean it up, use rusty metal primer, then top coat with an oil base paint in a color of your choice.
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Obvio it is steel and and you can easily replace it.
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Easily? Sure, provided you chisel out those 6-7 bricks up top, find exact duplicates, and wedge them back into place. Not my idea of easy just because of a bit of rust.


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