How to Remove Rust-Oleum

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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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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