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How to Use Hammerite Metal Paint

Updated April 17, 2017

Hammerite metal paint is the only material you'll need to make your metal surfaces shine again. The paint comes in a typical paint can or as a spray on as a finishing paint for metal. The canned and spray Hammerite needs no primer or undercoat unless it's being used on aluminium, galvanised, stainless steel, chrome, copper or brass finishes, can be used on rusty metal and dries in less than an hour. Using your specific Hammerite paint properly requires a few basic steps to give your metal a well-protected look.

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  1. Brush away the loose scale on the metal with a wire brush to prepare it for the Hammerite primer.

  2. Apply the Hammerite primer if you are adding Hammerite paint to a surface that is aluminium, galvanised, stainless steel, chrome, copper or brass; note that the primer takes an hour to dry.

  3. Set the Hammerite Direct-To-Rust Metal, Radiator or Garage Door paint can on a towel, and open it with the putty knife or a screwdriver. Dip the paint brush in and coat the entire surface evenly with the paint. Coat the entire surface evenly with the spray if you are using it instead of brush-on paint.

  4. Rinse the brushes off throughly with water, if necessary, and wait at least an hour if you used either the Direct-To-Rust Metal paint or Radiator paint before you touch or use the metal surface or radiator again. Wait at least four hours if you used the Garage Door paint before you touch or use it again.

  5. Tip

    Only use degreaser beforehand if you are painting over an especially greasy metal surface, such as those in an auto shop. Let the degreaser set, and clean it off with towels.


    Use safety glasses and rubber gloves before you clean or paint metal to protect your face and hands from paint splatters.

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Things You'll Need

  • Wire brush
  • Hammerite Special Metals Primer
  • Towel
  • Putty knife (optional)
  • Paint brush (optional)
  • Water

About the Author

Joseph Mars has been writing professionally since 2007. He writes for the Sports Xchange website and reported for the "Eureka Reporter" newspaper. Mars earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Humboldt State University.

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