How To Deal with Rust on Balcony?

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Q: Many Chicago condos/apartments have metal balconies, which is just great for a city that gets a lot of snow (sarcasm). Does anyone have any ideas for dealing with the inevitable rust? Can I spray a few coats of Rustoleum on it, or am I required to use a paint brush and specific type of paint?

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My unit faces south, so the balcony sees near-constant sun exposure as well. Help!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.