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FAQs about Rust Bullet products for Home and Farm Applications

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Will Rust Bullet Protect My Galvanized Metal Roof?

Rust Bullet is the ideal coating for protecting your sheet metal buildings and roofs; it not only provides protection from rust and corrosion, but will actually make your metal roof stronger and more weather resistant. Rust Bullet® sprays easily and quickly with the use of an airless spray gun. Costly replacements can be avoided by simply applying two coats of Rust Bullet. Refer to the Rust Bullet Home and Farm Page for more details.

What is the Recommended Application Method for Galvanized Corrugated Roofs?

The recommended application method for Rust Bullet on Galvanized Corrugated Roof projects is an airless spray system with a 517/519 tip and 2400 PSI. Two or more coats should be applied depending on the desired dft (dry film thickness); each coat of Rust Bullet will add strength and durability to the metal roof. Please refer to our Application Guidelines for detailed instructions on airless spray systems.

Will Rust Bullet Protect a Concrete Shop Floor and Concrete Roof?

Concrete has been a reliable and versatile product for centuries. Chosen for its strength and durability, concrete is expected to withstand the most abusive conditions. It is subjected to the destructive effects from harsh chemical spills, abrasive objects, moisture, and the impact from heavy tools and machinery often resulting in an unsightly appearance and damage requiring costly repairs or replacement. Rust Bullet, with its Superior Patented Technology for rust and corrosion control, also provides outstanding protection to many other surfaces, including concrete. Rust Bullet protective coating will: 1. provide excellent chemical resistance 2. provide protection from abrasives 3. seal a surface from moisture 4. allow easy clean up of spills 5. prevent concrete from sweating 6. reduce dust 7. fill cracks, gaps, and chips 8. enhance appearance 9. add years of life to concrete surfaces Rust Bullet is an excellent coating for concrete floors and roofs. To prepare a surface for coating it is necessary to remove all dirt and debris, allowing the surface to fully dry prior to applying Rust Bullet (power wash the surface if possible). Rust Bullet provides protection from everyday abrasives as well as creating a moisture barrier for further protection from oils, water, and chemicals (such as battery acid, hydrochloric acid, and sulfuric acid). Rust Bullet is a self leveling product; therefore, the first coat will fill in cracks, gaps, and chips as it soaks into the concrete. Rust Bullet, with its Superior Patented Technology not only improves the appearance of concrete, it will make concrete stronger and more wear resistant, adding years to its life. A rough or non-skid surface may be achieved on a concrete floor protected with Rust Bullet by applying fine silica blasting sand or regular washed sand. The sand can be applied by hand or by using a drywall hopper/compressor. Start by applying the first coat of Rust Bullet using a roller and then sprinkle the sand on the area. Continue rolling the Rust Bullet and sprinkling the sand until you have completed the first coat and the area is coated with both products. When the Rust Bullet has dried, and will not transfer to a gloved finger, apply a second sealing coat of Rust Bullet. A third coat is highly recommended for heavy traffic areas.

Can Rust Bullet be used for Wrought Iron Fencing, Furniture, and Fixtures?

Rust Bullet Standard Formula (Gold Label) will provide superior protection from corrosion and abrasives to wrought iron fencing, furniture, and fixtures, adding years of life to the integrity of the steel. Prior to applying Rust Bullet, simply wire brush the rusted areas to remove loose or flaking rust; wash off any dirt and dust or oil film and let the surface dry completely. The best methods of application for wrought iron are a Close Nap Roller or an Airless Spray System; paint brush application will also work. Less expensive sprayers, such as a Wagner Power Sprayer, can be purchased for home use. Prior to using spray equipment, be sure to run Xylene or Toluene through the equipment to remove any moisture. Please see our Application Information and Guidelines for more detailed information on spray application. If black is the desired finished color for the wrought iron, use Rust Bullet BlackShell as a topcoat. BlackShell is formulated with specialized resins and anticorrosive agents and can be used as a stand alone anticorrosive coating that will protect iron and steel. Although BlackShell will easily out-perform other protective coatings, it will not produce the level of protection of the patented Rust Bullet standard or Rust Bullet Automotive formulas for fighting rust and corrosion. For a black finish with the absolute best rust and corrosion protection, apply BlackShell over Rust Bullet® standard or Rust Bullet Automotive.

Is Rust Bullet an appropriate coating for use on an Air Duct?

Rust Bullet will provide excellent protection for an Air Duct System. We recommend not running air through the system for 72 hours after the final coat of Rust Bullet has been applied. Rust Bullet will encapsulate the rusted areas adding strength to the coated surfaces.

Can Rust Bullet be Applied to Stock Drinking Tanks?

Rust Bullet has not been approved as a coating for containers for food or water consumption by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, Potted Water and Volatile Organics Tests performed at Great Basin Laboratories, Inc. confirm Rust Bullet Coating meets the EPA and state of Nevada’s Primary and Secondary Drinking Water Standards. Water held in a container coated with Rust Bullet was tested for potability after 30 days and then again after 120 days and met the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) primary and secondary drinking water standards.

How does Rust Bullet Hold up to Diesel Fuel?

Rust Bullet will hold up to diesel fuel No.2 with no adverse effects. Scuffing the surface prior to applying Rust Bullet would provide increased adhesion as opposed to just recoating within the recommended timeline. Rust Bullet will provide a chemical bond to the metal and the topcoat when properly.

Is it necessary to remove Existing Surface Paint prior to the application of Rust Bullet?

The removal of existing surface paint prior to Rust Bullet application will depend on the condition and type of paint on the surface. To achieve maximum adhesion, it is always recommended to remove any old paint or coating before applying Rust Bullet.

Do I Apply Rust Bullet only where Rust is Apparent?

Rust Bullet is designed to protect rusted and clean metal. It is always advantageous to protect metal, even when there are no visible signs of corrosion. If Rust Bullet is applied only in the rusted areas, it will stop the rust on that surface area, but the uncoated area will be left unprotected. Remember, if it’s made or iron or steel, it will rust and corrode if left unprotected.

How many coats of Rust Bullet are required for my project?

Rust Bullet requires a 6 – 12 mil dry film thickness (dft) for Home and Farm applications. This requirement will vary depending upon the type of application. The higher the mil measurement of Rust Bullet's dft, the greater the protection provided. Many variables should be considered when determining the desired dft for any project. Some of these variables to consider are: 1. The existing condition of the surface being coated 2. The surface’s exposure to: 3. Moisture 4. Harsh chemicals 5. Abrasive objects 6. The damaging effects the surface must endure from environmental conditions As Rust Bullet cures, it releases carbon dioxide gas while dehydrating the rust. This process may create small pin holes in the first coat of Rust Bullet. The second and successive coats will seal these tiny pin holes and form an air tight, armor like shield over the application surface. If these pin holes are not sealed after the first coat, air and moisture may penetrate the Rust Bullet, allowing rust and corrosion to form.

Can Rust Bullet be Top Coated?

Rust Bullet is metallic gray in color and requires no topcoat. If a finished color other than metallic gray is desired, Rust Bullet can be top coated between 24 to 48 hours after the final coat has been applied. Rust Bullet is compatible with most conventional top coat paints. Rust Bullet BlackShell is formulated specifically as the optimum topcoat for both Rust Bullet formulas if a smooth glossy black finish is desired. BlackShell is scratch and chip resistant, UV resistant, as well as, resistant to Acid Splash and Chemical Solvents. BlackShell is an excellent protective stand alone coating, requiring no basecoat or topcoat. BlackShell will easily outperform other protective coatings; however, the unbeatable combination of BlackShell over Rust Bullet or Rust Bullet Automotive will provide the absolute best protection against rust and corrosion available today.

Can BlackShell provide protection for Home and Farm Projects?

Rust Bullet BlackShell can be used on bare steel and will provide very good rust and corrosion protection. BlackShell is formulated with specialized resins and anticorrosive agents and can be used as a standalone anticorrosive coating that will protect iron and steel. Although BlackShell will easily out-perform other coatings on bare steel it will not produce the level of protection of the patented Rust Bullet standard or Rust Bullet Automotive formulas for fighting rust and corrosion. For the absolute best rust and corrosion protection available, apply BlackShell over Rust Bullet® standard or Rust Bullet Automotive.