Top Tip

Always work in shaded areas during the hottest part of the day. If you are applying in hot, windy conditions or on porous surfaces, thin the first coat by up to 10% with water.



Rejuvenate outdoor furniture, architectural features, fences, gates, mailboxes, kid's bikes, wheel barrows, metal storage containers or tools. The only limit is your imagination.

How to choose the right Primer

To ensure maximum adhesion, determine if the surface being painted is ferrous or non-ferrous metal.

  • Ferrous metals contain iron. They are magnetic and give little resistance to corrosion. Rust is usually red in colour. Common ferrous metal items include steel and wrought iron.
  • Non-ferrous metals do not contain any (or very little) iron. They are not magnetic and are usually more resistant to corrosion than ferrous metals. Rust is often white in colour. Common non-ferrous metal items include copper, brass and stainless steel.
  • Galvanised Iron is a ferrous metal that has been coated in a layer of zinc to help the metal resist corrosion.

Surface Preparation

New timber: Use galvanised or stainless steel fasteners to avoid rust stains. Allow resinous timbers and dense hardwoods such as Merbau, Tallow wood, Jarrah, Blackbutt, Balau and Cypress Pine to weather for 4–6 weeks prior to coating. See can for details.

Painting Metal: Hints and Tips

Remove all loose rust with wire brushing, scraping or sanding. Wipe down metal surfaces with mineral turps to ensure all traces of oil and grease are removed. Previously painted surfaces should be sanded until all gloss is removed. If mould is present, clean surface with household bleach then rinse well with clean water.

Use our Pascol Anti-Rust Armour metal primers and enamel topcoats to ensure maximum rust protection as well as providing a smooth, durable finish.

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