Painting Over Rust

We often get asked if Lanocare can be used for painting over rust. Rust prevention products like Lanocare are not intended to be painted over, but are designed to be used on rusty surfaces that are often not visible, such as the underside of a vehicle. Remember, rust will continue to corrode from both sides, so prevention is better than a cure. Once spotted, rust treatment is crucial, so it’s always a good idea to prevent rust in the first place. 

Reviving rusty metal requires careful preparation and the right products. If you do need to paint an area of rust, here’s a simple guide to prepare your metal for a fresh coat of paint:

  • Remove Loose Rust: Use tools like wire brushes or sanders to scrub away any loose rust or flaking paint.
  • Smooth the Surface: Sand down the metal to create a smooth base for the primer.
  • Clean Thoroughly: Wash the metal surface to remove dirt, dust and residues, ensuring it’s completely dry.
  • Prime the Metal: Choose a rust-inhibiting coating to prevent further corrosion.
  • Apply a Rust Converter: If needed, use a rust converter to transform it into a paintable surface. Try a small, inconspicuous area first to test the results. 

Painting Over Rust

Once your metal is prepped and primed, it’s time to apply the paint.  By following these steps, you can rejuvenate your rusty metal with a durable and visually appealing finish.

The Benefits

By following these steps, you’re not only giving your metal a makeover but also investing in sustainability. As you apply that final coat of paint, remember that you’re not just restoring metal; you’re preserving its beauty for years to come and saving the manufacture of a replacement.