Painting over rust…can it be done? Of course it can! If you’re currently facing this problem, you’re in the right place. At Jenolite, we’re experts in rust removal — and we’re on hand to tell you how you can paint over rust quickly, easily and efficiently.
Firstly, what is rust?
Rust usually sets in on steel when its protective coating starts to break down as a result of oxygen and moisture reacting towards one another. This then goes on to attack the metal surface, resulting in rust.
Unfortunately, rust can become a real nightmare and it’s likely to cause a serious amount of damage once it sets in. Apart from being visually unappealing and in some cases, a hazard to our health, rust can start to spread if left untreated. Over a gradual amount of time, it’s not uncommon for the metal to weaken, which can lead to further failures in machinery or having to fork out on costly replacements.
Some years ago, the only solution to get rid of rust was to grind it off or use a wire brush to remove the scales from the surface to paint over rust. However, this was never going to be a long-term solution. Manual treatment is effective for quick removal of rust for the here and now, but there’s a good chance it would return in future.
So, how do I paint over rust?
How to paint over rusted metal
When you come to paint a piece of metal and realise that rust has set in, you may believe there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. The good news is that you can!
It’s possible to give your rust a complete renovation by painting over it, without having to remove it manually. Even better — it promises long-lasting results. Sound too good to be true? Believe us — you’re going to be impressed by our latest range of products that allow you to paint over rust.
Step 1: Remove existing paint
If a surface has already been painted and rust has set in over it, the first thing you need to do is remove the old paint from the metal structure in order to repair the damaging corrosion. You might want to try our industrial strength paint remover spray. Once the paint has been removed, you can get on with the rust removal.
Step 2: Paint over the rust
Life can get in the way of working on odd jobs (we’ve all been there) so if you’re looking to get the job done fast, Jenolite’s Directorust range will be your best friend. The all-in-one formula cuts down time spent on all the hard graft. The product combines a primer, undercoat and topcoat solution to achieve a sleek, satin finish on metal to prevent corrosion setting in. It’s ideal for using on an array of metal products, such as the likes of garden furniture, gates and railings — the possibilities are endless!
Step 3: Let Jenolite do the hard work
Once you’ve painted the surface, leave it to dry for at least 4 hours before use. The surface should reach full cure within 12 hours.It doesn’t have to be hard work to remove and paint over rust after all.
Will painting over rust stop it?
In a word, yes if you use Jenolite Directorust. In poor conditions, rust can of course return, eventually. But painting over rust with Directorust will offer you long term protection to stop that nasty rust coming back any time soon.
To find out more about our products and begin busting that rust, check out our complete rust remover range.