How to Paint Over Rust With Rust-Oleum

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How to Paint Over Rust With Rust-Oleum
Paint over rust with Rust-Oleum paint. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

The Rust-Oleum brand is best known for manufacturing paint that prevents corrosion or rust on metal. Rust-Oleum also offers paint for other materials such as wood and plastic. Before painting over rust with Rust-Oleum, you need to prepare the surface to receive the paint. This preparation includes removing any rust that is already on the object. Once you paint on Rust-Oleum, you no longer have to worry about rust formation.

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Things you need

  • Steel wool pad or sandpaper
  • Wire brush
  • Rust remover
  • Bucket
  • Liquid soap
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Rust-Oleum primer
  • Rust-Oleum paint
  • Paintbrushes or roller

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    Purchase the type of Rust-Oleum paint and primer you want to use. The brand comes in standard liquid and spray forms. If you purchase Rust-Oleum in a standard paint can, you have the option of using a paintbrush or roller for application.

  2. 2

    Scrub off the surface rust with a steel wool pad or sandpaper.

  3. 3

    Pour rust remover onto a steel wool pad. Apply the rust remover to any stubborn rust on the object.

  4. 4

    Wait 10 to 15 minutes and then wipe the surface clean with rags or paper towels. Commercial rust removers dissolve rust using acids as the main ingredient.

  5. 5

    Scrape off loose or peeling paint with a wire brush.

  6. 6

    Fill a small bucket with warm water. Add several drops of liquid soap to create soapy water. Use paper towels or a sponge to clean the surface and remove dirt, grime and residue from the rust remover. Dry with paper towels.

  7. 7

    Paint on Rust-Oleum primer with a paintbrush or roller, or spray it on if using primer in a spray can. Use a product suitable for use on the material you are painting such as metal, wood or plastic. Let the primer dry completely.

  8. 8

    Paint or spray on the Rust-Oleum paint in the colour of your choice. Let dry before applying a second coat of paint if needed. Allow the paint to dry completely before using the item.

Tips and warnings

  • Use rubber gloves when using the rust remover.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area.

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