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See the Best Paints & Varnishes in 2019 as rated by Australians on ProductReview.com.au.

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BumbleBee

BumbleBeeMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

  • 66 reviews
  • 47 likes

Can't fault it

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Needed to paint a galvanised steel box (designed to house a lawn mower) before attaching it to a trailer. We first painted the lid using another similar but different brand product. This ran out so we decided to get something different and I seemed to remember my dad always using Killrust. Bought a small can of Grey Epoxy (not cheap!). Painted the rest of the outside of the box which used a surprisingly small amount of product - only about 1/6 of a small can, if that. About 1 year later and the lid is rusted while the rest looks like new.

Excellent product, expensive but goes a long way.

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gddayve

gddayveSydney, NSW

  • 4 reviews
  • 2 likes

My go-to gloss enamel

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I am a heritage wrought iron fence manufacturer and this is my recommendation to customers. I supply the product hot dip galvanized and professionally applied Wattyl Super Etch.
But it is not only for metal. My own internal timber joinery, if painted, gets this epoxy enamel because it is hard wearing, and produces a smooth gloss straight off the brush. With good preparation and technique often one top coat with this is sufficient. Far superior to regular enamels.
The only problem is limited tint bases, so I need to slum it with White Knight or Dulux Metalshield if a darker colour needs to be mixed. This is why I docked it a star.

Purchased in June 1990.

Painted SurfaceMetal, Previously painted and Wood
Tim Bather

Tim BatherPerth, WA

  • 4 reviews
  • 1 like

Awesome for rust

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Best stuff for rusty metal using their multiple cost system. It can also go straight over galvanised metals. My go to product for rusty steel handrails where durability is required.

Purchased in March 2019 at Wattyl paints .

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Fantastic paint

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Terry Tinnie

Terry TinnieWestern District, VIC

killrust epoxy gloss - amazing

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used gloss black and white on my tinnie after using etch primer and some masking tape made a twenty year old tinnie look like one straight out the show room. As an amateur this was very suprising to get such an even finish and 4.2metres of boat done with two aerosol cans of each colour, wide gunwales as well.

Date PurchasedJul 2017

Easy to apply but oxidizes quickly

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This paint is good on metal and recent welds. However my experience is the paint oxidizes quickly and I need to repaint the surfaces every two years if I want to keep the shiny surface!. It also tends to flake after a couple of years so water blasting is necessy in preparing the work,

Date PurchasedFeb 2014

Charles k

Charles kCroydon

  • 3 reviews
  • 2 likes

best paint out of a spray can

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Used this paint for the first time on a tower clock movement,,using gloss black and Brunswick green what can I say absolutely brilliant finish,preparation before you paint is a must three light coats and you will not believe the finish,I would recommend this product ..
There is nothing I can say negative about kill rust paint,,,,,


Slazmo

SlazmoSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 235 reviews
  • 234 likes

Excellent rust stopper / preventative paint!

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I have used Kill rust in the past and have found it to be a excellent choice in its simple paint form. Wattyl suggest that you use it in a 3 step process however if your surfaces aren't too corroded with huge flaking pieces of rust, the paint can be applied straight onto the metal without any serious preparation.

Typically I applied it to the bottom of a vehicle and to parts that were unpainted on control arms and associated areas to prevent any further rust growing. It has taken some abuse and has held up to the tests of time.
Easy to apply and hardens extremely well when dry, rust is smothered and will not grow under the paint!
Expensive to buy.

Questions & Answers

jlm.

jlm.asked

Killrust Roof Paint

what version of killrust will convert rust

1 answer
gddayve
gddayve

Never used it. Rust converter is not a paint but a chemical treatment based on phosphoric acid. Wattyl Killrust has a version of this. You can look it up yourself.


Raewyn C.

Raewyn C.asked

Have galvanised posts that I am wanting to paint. Do I need to do a primer before the kill rust or can it be used as a all in one type thing??

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Tim Bather
Tim Bather

If you don’t mind the look of them just galvanised (as it will last longer left as is) then killrust can go straight over it. Let it dry a few days between coats.

gddayve
gddayve

As I am a metalworker, not a painter, this is just my observation.
Water based primers are slightly better than no primer. If you have access to a Wattyl trade centre, then super etch primer is the ultimate. They are available in wet paint or spray can. These are spirit based.
Before priming however, and even before a no-prime system, then pre-etch with cleaning vinegar. The ulimate pre treat is dilute phosphoric acid, but that is hard to find. If your galvanized is several years old and especially if it has a spangled, and matte look, then you can skip the acid wash stage.
As to using the final coat without some type of prep? No I wouldn't take the punt. And the fresher the galv., the more the prep.


phillip m.

phillip m.asked

Hi this is phil, was just woundering if you could tell me is it all right to apply epoxy enamel paint over plastic

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Tim Bather
Tim Bather

It should stick to almost anything but as long as the plastic is cleaned properly and an appropriate undercoat applied it should be all right


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