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?
Are rust stains ruining the look of your building?
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.
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.
The siding on this art studio was allowed to rust and then sealed with Everbrite Satin finish.
"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
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.
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.
A 4 oz. can of Everbrite will seal about 10 square feet of rusted metal.
A Pint (16 oz.) can of Everbrite will seal about 50 Square feet of Rusted Metal.
A Quart (32 oz.) will seal about 80 square feet of rusted metal.