Whenever we have a metal railing, or a metallic structure, or some other metal parts of something that has rust, we are always a bit lazy to paint it. This is because we think that we have to sand and completely remove the rust and the paint from every nook and cranny of the metal railing, or of the metallic thing in question. But there are some anti-rust paints that allow us to do a perfect job easily, without having to make so much effort.
In this project I am going to use Xylazel Oxirite to paint a metal railing that is rusty. This is an enamel that can be applied directly on the rust, and without the need to apply any anti-rust primer first. In addition, as I mentioned, to apply Xylazel Oxirite I don’t need to remove completely neither the rust nor the layer of paint that may still be on the metallic railing. All I have to do is sand and scrape to remove the loose layers of paint and the loose rust particles. Easy job.
After a little dusting of the rusty metal railing I can start painting. This enamel has anti-drip properties, so it must be removed carefully from the bottom up so that it does not lose these properties. In this case I am going to apply the anti rust enamel directly as it is, with a brush, with not need to dilute it. It is easy to apply, as it covers very well the metallic surfaces and does not drip. If we need to dilute it, to apply it with a paint spray gun, we must use Oxirite solvent, since with these products it is important to avoid incompatibility problems that can occur if we use a solvent from other brand.
After one hour I can apply the second coat, being necessary two or three coats (depending on how much we load the brush and stretch the paint) to have the 100 dry microns recommended by the manufacturer to achieve a correct protection against rust. Even so, we can give another coat in the areas of the metal railing where we see that water can accumulate. With this anti-rust enamel we can apply the two or three coats we need on the same day, unlike conventional anti-rust enamels, with which we have to wait until the next day to apply the next coat.
The product dries in one hour and we can apply the next coat, but it is very important not to let more than 8 hours pass between one coat of paint and the next, since after 8 hours the curing process begins and does not finish until after two weeks. And if we apply more paint during the curing process the protective layer does not form correctly.