How to Paint Rust Away

Rust is not only an annoyance and an eye-sore, but threatens the safety and strength of whatever metal surface it grows on. Trying to remove it or prevent further damage can feel like a never-ending task. But Phoenix Paints has developed a special product called METALFIX that not only stops existing rust from spreading, but can prevent future rusting as well.  Follow these simple steps and end your battle with rust!

 

 

 

What you’ll need:

  • Phoenix Paints’ METALFIX and/or METALFIX 1000
  • Phoenix Paints’ FLOORPREP
  • Hand wire brush
  • Brush/roller/spray
  • Mixing blade in an electric drill (if needed)
  • A supply of clean water

STEP 1: How bad is the rust?

Light rusting

If the surface only has light rusting, like the below example, apply METALFIX 1000 in Step 3.

Light rust

Heavy rusting

If the surface suffers from heavy rusting, like the below example, apply the product METALFIX in Step 3.

Heavy rust

Mixed rusting

If the surface shows signs of both light and heavy rusting, follow Steps 1-2 then skip to Step 4.

Mixed rust

 

STEP 2: Prepare the Surface

  1. Remove any flaking or thick rust using a hand wire brush, but leave behind the layer of rust directly attached to the underlying steel.

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  2. Is there any oil or grease on the surface?

    1. If so, scrub the surface with undiluted FLOORPREP and wash with clean water. Allow to dry.  
    2. If there is no contamination on the surface, scrub it down with a 50/50 blend of FLOORPREP and water, then wash with clean water. Allow to dry. 

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STEP 3: Apply the METALFIX or METALFIX 1000

  1. Apply a thick coat of the METALFlX using a brush, roller, or spray (airless or conventional). If the paint appears to be too thick or stiff, stir with a high speed stirrer (a mixing blade in an electric drill is recommended) which will “thin” the paint. Do not add any water!

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STEP 4: Mixed rusted surfaces (optional)

  1. Apply the METALFIX over the heavily rusted areas. After allowing the paint to fully dry and cure (this takes a minimum of 8 – 12 hours), apply a coat of METALFIX 1000 over the entire surface.

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For advice on what top coat to use with METALFIX, or for any other related enquiries, please contact Phoenix Paints and we will be happy to assist.

– NOTICE OF RISK –

The application of this product can at times involve risk of injury, property damage, and other dangers. Dangers peculiar to such activities include, but are not limited to, incorrectly applying METALFIX. Phoenix Paints accepts no liability for any property damage or injuries incurred either directly or indirectly from engaging in these activities.

3 Easy Steps to Protect Your Garage Floor

The garage is usually a messy place – whether you’re a mechanic, a carpenter or just use it as a storage area. Bare concrete floors can become very dusty and hard to clean, and any chemical spills on them, such as car oil or liquid fertiliser, become permanent features. Even water spilled on the floor can increase the chances of your concrete cracking. But don’t despair! Your garage will look as good as new for years when you use Phoenix Paints’ MAXICOAT which can protect that long-suffering floor from scratches and chemicals. MAXICOAT is a high-performance paint, which means you need to follow three steps to apply it. Don’t worry, we’ll take you through it!

What you’ll need:

  • Phoenix MAXICOAT
  • Phoenix FLOORPREP   
  • Wire brush (or belt sander)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Clean stirring stick
  • 100mm brush
  • 12 to 15mm naproller
You’ll also need these if you have a new concrete floor:
  • Swimming pool acid (32-34%HCl)
  • Stiff broom
  • Face mask
  • Rubber boots

STEP 1: Clean the floor

  1. Ensure that all grease, oil, dirt and contaminants have been removed by scrubbing the area with undiluted Phoenix Paints’ FLOORPREP then rinsing with fresh water and allow to dry.
  2. If there is any existing paint present, abrade the surface with a wire brush or belt sander. Only the top layer needs to be removed. Vacuum the area thoroughly.

Maxicoat 1

STEP 2: Apply the MAXICOAT

  1. When mixing the MAXICOAT, first stir the Part “A” (paint component) with a clean stick or paddle, and mix exactly equal volumes of the Part “A” and Part “B” together. Only make up enough each time which can be applied in around 30 minutes. Add a splash of Phoenix Paints’ REDUCER if the mixture appears to be too thick.Maxicoat 2
  2. First, paint around the edge of the floor (by the walls) using a 100mm brush, and allow to dry.
  3. Apply 2 coats of MAXICOAT using a 12 to 15mm nap roller.  The first coat must be hard enough to walk upon without damaging the surface, before the second coat is applied.

STEP 3: Let it dry

  1. Ensure that the MAXICOAT is allowed to fully dry and cure before being  exposed to any type of moisture. If left too long a hard coating will set, so wash all brushes and utensils out in water immediately after use.
  2. Depending upon the local weather conditions, wait for at least 3 days before driving any vehicles on to the surface.

For advice on using Maxicoat, or for any other related enquiries, please contact Phoenix Paints and we will be happy to assist.

– NOTICE OF RISK –

The application of this product can at times involve risk of injury, property damage, and other dangers. Dangers peculiar to such activities include, but are not limited to, handling acid. Phoenix Paints accepts no liability for any injuries incurred either directly or indirectly from engaging in these activities.