Rust is nasty stuff! It destroys metal, discolors paint, ruins things, and basically sucks! It’s hard to get rid of, hard to paint, and, like a boomerang it generally comes back. Recently, I was given an old lawnmower, it was hardly ever used. A buddy of mine and I cleaned it up and got it running. But to my dismay, upon looking at the underside of the mower, there was a serious coating of rust. My buddy said, hit it with a wire brush and then paint it. I, like so many, hate painting, everything about painting, especially when it comes to dealing with rust. I thought to myself, that, I’ll just brush it and sand it a little, then I’ll give it a quick coat of Rustoleum. This probably would have been fine, but, I remembered this paint that I used a number of years ago, this paint was made to salvage metal with serious rust on it, it’s called POR- 15.
POR- 15 is a liquid that comes in a kit with a cleaner, a metal preparer and the POR- 15 itself, it also includes some gloves brushes and instructions. When you are done treating and painting your rusty item, the rust is replaced with this amazing compound/POR-15 paint that bonds with the metal. You need to follow the instructions carefully, this is simplified for illustration, you rough up the rusted surfaces, clean it with a Marine clean, rinse, then clean it with a metal preparer, rinse, and then let it dry thoroughly. Once the area is dry, you are ready to put your first coat of POR- 15 paint on your rusted item. Now, let it dry until it’s completely dry. When dry, give it a second coat of the POR- 15. Your item will be like new, this paint bonds with the rust and restores the quality and integrity of the metal.
The example you see in the pictures are what I just did to this rusty lawnmower, which, I mentioned above. In the past I’ve used POR-15 on my trucks and cars. If you have something that’s metal and it’s rusting and you want to keep it, it’s worth taking the time and effort to apply POR- 15. They also have a wide variety of other restoring materials, check out their site here. While you can get this POR- 15 at some body shops and auto repair stores, I bought it directly from the manufacturer. When I was writing about it I checked Amazon, they had it POR-15 at Amazon, Amazon has everything these days! (The kit was cheaper at Amazon, too! Darn it!) The super starter kit, I got, did the job on this mower and I got 2 coats of paint on all the rusty surfaces. I also painted a rusty spot on my neighbors car and on my car as well. I still had a little paint left over, so I took care of some rust on a on a piece of wrought iron furniture I have. So the paint and this kit went a long way for the $26 it cost me. That included shipping and it was here in 2 days.
So if you have something that is rusty and you want to save it, POR- 15 is a way to go! This paint/process is perfect for lawn furniture, wrought iron and any metal that is corroded and you want to save! POR-15 will make it new again, or close to it!
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