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  rusting steel plate

Rust will show through the thickest of paints if primer is not used beforehand. Make sure that you are using a rust preventating primer generously over the entire rusted surface for proper coverage.

1. Scrape off large pieces of rust. The goal of this is to remove pieces that would clearly show when painted over.

2. Sand remaining loose rust. You don't need to completely remove all rust, just remove enough to have a smooth surface for paint.

3. Apply at least one coat of rust preventative primer to the complete painting surface. Apply additional coats of primer to make a smoother finished surface.

4. Paint over primer with an oil based exterior paint. Since latex paints are water based, they can cause future rusting even after priming.


Common Applications

  • Old Gutters
  • Piping
  • Utility Boxes
  • Water Faucets
  • Wrought Iron Railings

Materials Required

  • Scraper
  • Sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Rust-Blocking Primer
  • Finishing Oil Based Paint
  • Brushes
  • Rollers
  • Sprayer

Recommended Paints and Primers

Sherwin-Williams: Pro-Cryl Universal Acrylic Primer and Super Paint
Rodda: First Coat Primer and AC-909 Paint
Behr: Rustoleum Metal Rust Preventative Primer and Behr Premium Plus Ultra Paint

Contact Information

Pacific Paint Services, LLP
PO Box 731644
Puyallup, WA 98373
Phone: 253.468.8405
Fax: 253.446.6981
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