Rust Prevention in ironwork.
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Rust Prevention

What Victorians bolted together, time will eventually put asunder. Periodically tighten any loose bolts and screws, seal seams with polyurethane caulk, scrape and repaint. These precautions will prevent water from seeping into the newel's hollow interior, rotting it from the inside out. New stainless steel nuts and bolts can fill in for stripped originals.
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