Rust Effect Paint

While most people have been fighting to get rid of rust, there is a strong movement towards authentically rusted items using different specialised paint finishes. A chemically induced rusted look can be achieved on almost any surface, giving your project the look of an item manufactured from iron that has been exposed to the elements, thus becoming eroded and worn due to oxidation.

What can I use my Rust Effect Paint on?

A convincing rusted effect can be achieved on many items both inside and outside of your home. This paint is ideal for coating concrete garden planters, fire place surrounds, doors, wooden items, garden ornamentation and so on. Just about any object or ornament can be given a new lease on life with this specialised paint. Surfaces such as timber, plastic and masonry can all be made to look like ancient weathered metal. Any object can be instantly aged and given a rustic finish with these easy to use products. Apply rust paint and overnight corrosion and rusting will take place to give a weather-beaten rusted effect. Once the chemical rust effect is achieved it can then be sealed with an acrylic sealer.


As always the first step to any successful project is good surface preparation. Clean the surface to be painted, removing all loose paint or rust with a wire brush or sandpaper and wiping everything down well with a damp cloth when you are finished. Protect surrounding surfaces from inadvertently getting the “rust” treatment by covering everything well with drop sheets.

Product information

Rust effect paints are generally available in both 1 litre and 5 litre kits.Colours are naturally “rust coloured” so expect to find shades of red, yellow and brown. Using an undercoat is an essential first step and coverage of approximately 4m2 per litre is achieved if the recommended 1-2 coats are applied. Rust effect paint is exceptionally versatile as it can readily be used on both indoor and outdoor projects.

Safety First
No matter what Paint you are using; always works in a well ventilated area, open all windows and doors to achieve adequate cross-ventilation. Be sure to protect your eyes from unintentional splashes and wear a face mask if the product has strong fumes. If you experience difficulty breathing, leave the area to obtain fresh air immediately. If you should get any of the paint on your skin, simply wash thoroughly with soap and water. Always rather be safe than sorry by keeping your product away from heat and flame.

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