Owatrol oil being applied to a rusted metal fence

Using Owatrol Oil as a Rust Inhibitor

Owatrol Oil is one of our most popular products, likely because it is highly versatile and can be used for a variety of things. For example, it can be used alone as a rust inhibitor, added to oil-based paints as a paint conditioner or applied to various surfaces to aid in the adhesion of finishes.

Today, however, we are going to focus on using Owatrol Oil as a rust inhibitor.

Owatrol Oil as a rust inhibitor

Owatrol Oil being applied to a rusted metal fence

Owatrol Oil saturates deep into the surface of the metal and pushes out excess moisture and air, displacing it from the rusted metal and preventing it from causing more damage. In doing so, it provides a strong yet flexible finish.

As it is so highly saturating, Owatrol Oil can be applied directly onto the rusted surface. However, you should remove loose flaking rust, paint, grease, grime and any other contaminants before application.

Application

Applying Owatroil Oil to new clean steel

  • Prime new steel with a mix of 1 part Owatrol Oil to 3 parts primer.
  • Then follow with normal paint system adding Owatrol Oil to subsequent coats as directed under ‘mixing instructions’ on the Owatrol Oil product page.

Applying Owatrol Oil to lightly rusted surfaces

  • Prime the surface with a mix of 1 part Owatrol Oil to 2 parts primer.
  • Then follow with normal paint system adding Owatrol Oil to subsequent coats as directed under ‘mixing instructions’ on the Owatrol Oil product page.

Applying Owatrol Oil to new unpainted rusty steel

  • Prime the surface with a mix of 1 part Owatrol Oil to 1 part Primer.
  • Then follow with normal paint system adding Owatrol Oil to subsequent coats as directed under ‘mixing instructions’ on the Owatrol Oil product page.

Applying Owatrol Oil to old, severely rusted or previously coated surfaces

  • Apply wet on wet applications of Owatrol Oil to all exposed rust until fully saturated and allow to dry.
  • Saturation is indicated by a uniform glossy appearance to the surface when Owatrol Oil is dry.
  • Before Owatrol Oil has hardened, check the surfaces and remove rust scale and old paint loosened by the above. If needed, touch up these areas and allow them to dry.
  • Apply a mix of 1 part Owatrol Oil to 2 parts primer and allow to dry.
  • Then follow with normal paint system adding Owatrol Oil to subsequent coats as directed under ‘Mixing instructions’ on the Owatrol Oil product page.

Note: Owatrol Oil will not lift well-bonded paint.

Take a look at our handy demonstration video below.


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