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How to Seal Rusted Metal and Prevent Staining.

Do you like the way that rusted metal looks on your sculpture or architectural feature but hate the way that rust stains?

Rust stains can ruin the look of your building.

Are rust stains ruining the look of your building?

Rusted metal, including weathered steel and Corten, is a rising trend in architecture and art. Architects all over the world are embracing rust-weathered steel to enhance the patina. Unfortunately, rusted metal can cause stains that drip onto areas under the metal. Everbrite Protective Coating seals rusted metal to prevent further rusting and prevents the rust drip and staining problems.

Rusted Metal Sculpture Sealed with ProtectaClear

Rusted Metal Sculpture

The rough rust was sanded to smooth the sculpture, the metal was wiped with xylene (a solvent cleaner available at hardware stores) and Everbrite was applied for long lasting protection.

Everbrite Protective Coating will seal rust prevent stains from getting on clothing or dripping on surfaces below the rusted objects. Rusted metal will stain buildings.

Rusted metal that is not sealed will drip on and stain your building.

Rust stains will ruin clothing. Seal the rust with Everbrite to prevent stains.

Everbrite Protective Coating will seal the rusted metal and will help to protect the metal from further corrosion by sealing out moisture.

Rusted metal is porous so care must be taken to ensure that the metal is completely clean and dry. Blooming rust should be knocked down and a solvent used to help remove contaminants like grease or oils and the solvent will help draw out moisture.
Coating and sealing moisture in the pores of metal can cause failure of any coating.

Everbrite Protective Coating provides the following benefits to rusted metal with every application:

  • Eliminate staining of surrounding areas from unsightly runoff and stains. Rusty drips on other substrates can ruin the look of a building.
  • Eliminate transfer of rust to people (hands & clothing).
  • Helps to extend the life of the steel by sealing out moisture that can cause further corrosion.
  • Give the surface a more finished, purposeful look.
  • Excellent adhesion on naturally or artificially rusted surfaces.
  • Everbrite is self annealing and will blend to itself to create complete protection.
  • Everbrite is available in a Clear finish and a Satin finish

Everbrite will seal moisture out of rusted metal to help prevent further corrosion and will prevent rust stains. On most metals, two coats of Everbrite Clear Protective Coating are recommended. On raw steel or rusted metal, 3 to 4 coats are recommended because the metal is very porous. Everbrite will seal the metal and will look great for years and can be maintained indefinitely.The metal MUST be completely dry before applying the coating.

Metal was allowed to rust and then sealed with Everbrite Satin.

The siding on this art studio was allowed to rust and then sealed with Everbrite Satin finish.

Rusted Bike Frame coated with Everbrite Coating

"Just wanted to pass along the finished product. I used Everbrite to halt the oxidization on this bike frame. The thing looks great and no more rust on my shorts! Thanks again," Andrew Campbell

Rusted Rat Rod coated with Everbrite Satin finish

Rat Rod with a rusted finish coated with Satin Everbrite.

Rusted plaque - untreated and after coating with Everbrite.

Before and after coating with Everbrite. Everbrite will darken the metal 5 to 10 shades. Water will replicate what the metal will look like coated.

This exterior rusted chimney is coated with Everbrite to seal it and prevent staining of walls and patio.

This exterior rusted chimney is coated with Everbrite to seal it and prevent staining of walls and patio.

The clear formula of Everbrite can be glossy on rusted or on dark colored metals. Once it is coated, the metal will look like it does when it is wet. The Satin formula can be put on to reduce the shine if the original is too glossy. The Satin finish has a sheen but not a shine. If a lower sheen finish is desired, we recommend the Satin finish of Everbrite for the final coat.

Everbrite for Rusted Metal or Corten

Everbrite Coating

Everbrite will seal your rusted metal.

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Everbrite Satin Finish

Everbrite Satin

Choose various sizes of Everbrite Satin

Everbrite is available in Clear Formulation and Satin Finish.


How can I rust metal on purpose?Some people recommend rusting metal with dangerous chemicals like muratic acid, sulphuric acid or combinations of chemicals. This is not only dangerous to your health but can damage other items as well. One inexpensive way to rust metal on purpose is to spray vinegar and hydrogen peroxide separately on the metal. (any kind will do - the cheaper the better). First, make sure the metal is clean, remove all millscale and any oil or dirt. You can sandblast the metal or use Scotchbrite pads to clean the surface. Spray the vinegar on the clean metal. Using a separate sprayer, apply hydrogen peroxide over the vinegar right away. Do this several times a day and your metal will get rusty. Make sure to neutralize the acid and rinse well. Then, let the metal dry completely, solvent wipe and apply Everbrite.

How many coats do I need to apply? Rusted metal is very porous. The amount of Everbrite necessary to encapsulate the rust will depend on the depth of the rust. Using a Prep Pad or other slightly abrasive pad can remove blooming or thick rust will help to smooth out the metal but will still look rusted. Enough coatings must be applied on the rusted metal to encapsulate the rust. Normally, 3 coats of Everbrite are applied but if the rust is thick, it will take additional coats. Test to see if enough coating is applied by wiping with a clean cloth after the coating is completely dry. If rust comes off on the cloth, additional Everbrite should be applied.

How do I clean and prep the metal for the coating? Everbrite is easy to apply. Clean the surface and apply Everbrite. It is best NOT to use any water while cleaning. Use solvent like denatured alcohol to clean the surface. This will also help to draw out any moisture in the porous metal. The rusted metal MUST be completely clean and DRY. Everbrite can be painted on with a brush, sprayed on or rolled on with a microfiber roller. Three to four coats are recommended on rusted metal because the metal is very porous and will absorb the coating.

What if I am not sure which sheen I want? If you are not sure, we would recommend purchasing a small container of both the Clear finish and the Satin finish of Everbrite. Clean the metal and apply 2 coats of the clear formulation first. Let it dry and see if you like the finish. If so, add another coat of the clear finish. If it is too shiny, you can then apply the Satin finish over the top of the Everbrite that has already been applied. If you do not open the Satin finish can, you can return it for a refund or a credit to more Everbrite to finish your project.

Everbrite is available in 4 oz. cans, Pints, Quarts, Gallons and 5 Gallon Cans. Click here for all sizes of Everbrite.

What do I need to seal Rusted Metal?

Everbrite Clear Protective Coating will seal rusted metal to prevent stains and drips.

Everbrite is available in 4 oz. cans, Pints, Quarts, Gallons and 5 Gallon Cans.

Everbrite Cans

A 4 oz. can of Everbrite will seal about 10 square feet of rusted metal.

Everbrite 4 oz. can.

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Satin Finish
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A Pint (16 oz.) can of Everbrite will seal about 50 Square feet of Rusted Metal.

Everbrite Pint will seal about 50 Square feet of Rusted Metal

Clear Finish
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Satin Finish
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A Quart (32 oz.) will seal about 80 square feet of rusted metal.

Quart (32 oz) of Everbrite Clear Coating

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I used Everbrite on a recent cabinet project. Customer wanted a Shaker style cabinet. Wood framed doors with rusted metal panels. I purchased weldable steel 22 gauge metal and induced rust. The first finish I applied was lacquer. The lacquer decide to peel off two weeks after installation. Happy customer right! Wrong! We worked hard to remove all lacquer off the metal . I researched Everbrite, applied and so far beautiful. His one of a kind cabinets has had many compliments. Thanks, James C.

We used Everbrite to seal some exposed pre-rusted steel columns, and it worked great and they seem to be very well sealed! Thanks. Scott E.

Everbrite worked great and my rust is perfectly sealed!I really appreciate the level of customer service that your company provides. I've never used anything like this before :) You guys rock! Thank youuuuu! Danielle M.

I have used Everbrite, and it was a HUGE SUCCESS!! My husband and I tore down an old barn that has been in the family for years and salvaged the wood and tin. I used Everbrite to seal the tin from the roof (it was beautifully rusted and aged) so I could use it for my backsplash in our new home we just built on the family farm. The coverage was perfect, ease of use was amazing, and the final finish is stunning!! Thank you for making a product that actually does what it says it will do!! I am one HAPPY CUSTOMER. Thank you so much!!!! Angie C.

I finally got my Everbrite project done. We had two "dog sculptures" that were made of metal, rusted, for application. I put them in the garage for a period of time to be sure they were dry, then I wiped them pretty clean and applied a generous coat of Everbrite to them. They look great! Jeff F.

We LOVE Everbrite. We like a lot of the "old world" looking decor with a patina or rust finish and your product is so great to seal these items and really makes them look beautiful. We especially love it for all the rusty hardware on the gate for our courtyard because we don't have to worry about continued rusting or staining of our concrete below the gate. Great customer service too, thanks so much. Judy F.

I used the Everbrite coating-Satin finish on a 100+ year old industrial cart and an old steel and wood pulley. I wanted to keep the rusted patina of the cart wheels and metal parts. Both the cart and pulley turned out great! I will definitely use this again. I did some research on my cart and found the exact same one, restored, selling for $1400. I only paid $100 at a local antique store and restored it myself, saving big bucks. Thanks for making a great product, Monica A.

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