How to Remove Rust-Oleum

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Rust-Oleum is a manufacturer of protective paints and coatings that come in a wide variety of colors and finishes, including gloss and textured. Oftentimes, when you are painting a surface with Rust-Oleum paint, it becomes necessary to remove the old Rust-Oleum before applying the new coat. The process used for removing Rust-Oleum is similar to removing any other type of paint and allows your new coat of Rust-Oleum to look fresh.

Things You'll Need

  • Household cleaner
  • Scrub brush
  • Clean rag
  • Wire brush
  • Medium-grade sandpaper
  • Garden hose

Spray household cleaner over the entire surface and wipe it down with a scrub brush. Remove any dirt, grease or other debris from the area. Move the brush over the area in a circular motion to remove remaining oil or grease. These may interfere with the adhesion of the paint if they are not removed.

Wipe down and dry the surface with a clean rag until it is dry to the touch. Scrape the surface with a wire brush and remove all loose rust. Push down firmly on the brush and move it back and forth over the entire area.

Sand over the surface with medium-grade sandpaper beginning in one corner and working to the other. Move the sandpaper in a circular motion over all of the paint. Push down firmly and scrape off any remaining paint until none remains on the surface.

Rinse the surface with water. Dampen the rag and wipe down the surface thoroughly. Spray it with water using a garden hose, if possible, and let the surface air dry before painting it. Inspect the area and verify that no pieces of Rust-Oleum paint remain.

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