How to Use a Rustoleum Primer

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The Rust-Oleum Corporation had its beginning in a fish-oil-based paint developed by Robert Fergusson, a former sea captain. Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer Spray is designed to adhere to rust and drive out moisture and corrosion, providing a surface to which top coats of paint will adhere easily. You can use it indoors or out and it comes in spray or liquid versions. Applying it takes just a little preparation.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Wire brush or steel wool
  • Paint scraper
  • Sandpaper
  • Clean the surface of rust, grease, oil and other substances, using soap and water. You can substitute household cleaner or trisodium phosphate (TSP) if you wish, but Rust-Oleum advises against cleaning with solvents, noting that they smear grease and grime around.

  • Chip off rust and loose paint with the paint scraper, wire brush and sandpaper. Lightly sand glossy surfaces.

  • Rinse the surface with water and let it dry thoroughly.

  • Shake the spray can vigorously. Do this for one minute after you hear the mixing ball begin rattling. Shake frequently while applying the primer.

  • Spray steadily back and forth, holding the can 10 to 16 inches from the surface, keeping the can in motion and slightly overlapping your strokes.

  • Apply two coats a few minutes apart. Let the primer dry thoroughly before applying a top coat.

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