Usage guides

Hammerite Metal Paints are specially formulated to form a tough barrier that resists knocks and scrapes, maintaining a beautiful finish for longer.

Browse through our usage guides to learn about best practice for protecting and transforming metal.

Painting Hammerite onto a painted surface

Paint a small test patch of Hammerite Paint onto the painted surface and leave it to dry for an hour. If you notice any defects to the painted surface under the test patch, remove all the paint from surface with paint remover, before painting the surface with Hammerite Paint.

Avoiding paint sagging

Apply several thin coats. If applying to a smooth vertical metal surface, abrade the surface with a side to side action using a coarse sandpaper.

Painting directly onto a rusty metal surface

Hammerite Paint is specially formulated to be applied directly onto rusty metal with minimal surface preparation. Simply remove any loose rust with a wire brush or coarse sandpaper and clean the surface with brush cleaner & thinners and allow time to dry. Then apply Hammerite Paint directly onto the rusty metal surface. No primer, no undercoat needed.

Mixing different colours of Hammerite Paint

Mixing Hammerite Paints is not recommended.

Mixing Hammerite Paint with other types of paint

Hammerite Paints cannot be mixed with any other type of paint.

Painting in coastal areas

Remove all salt from the metal surface, before painting, by thoroughly washing the surface with clean water and allow time to dry before applying Hammerite Paint for Rusty Metal.

Painting on heavily rusted metal surfaces

Remove all loose rust with a wire brush or coarse sandpaper and then clean the surface with brush cleaner & thinners. For best results apply Hammerite No.1 Rust Beater before painting with Hammerite Paint.

To ensure consistent colour

Stir the Hammerite Paint thoroughly before use and occasionally whilst painting.

Re-using Hammerite Paint

Hammerite Paint can be re-used up to 2 years after first opening the tin. If you wish to keep the paint that you have not used, then replace the original lid firmly back on the Hammerite can and store in a dry well ventilated area away from a heat source.