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Forum topic by Kirk650 posted 05-19-2017 07:37 PM 1446 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2017 07:37 PM

For the last 40ish years, I’ve been making wooden stools for little kids (and short adults), and I usually use oil based Rustoleum paints and a good brush. Something about the paint has changed. It doesn’t cover as well, and it seems to sag too easily. My wife has noticed the same thing, so if I’m crazy, then we both are crazy. I sent an email to Rustoleum, and not being at all sure it got there, I called their tech service number. I talked to a nice fellow that said that the VOC has changed in a few states, but not in Texas – where I am. But he went on to say that the paint in most states is totally unchanged. Have any of you folks noticed any change in the paint?

Maybe I’m somehow getting the California quality paint.

I like the shiny finish I get from that paint, but I suppose I’ll have to find another maker’s product.

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#1 posted 05-19-2017 08:20 PM

I really doubt that a big company lik that would create two separate types of paint. I’d say they switched over to the Liberals compliant paint. If they didn’t and accidentally sent the wrong pallet to one of the stricter states they could b fined. I just don’t see them keeping both the new and old versions in circulation.
If you want the “old” stuff u could always call the fellow back an older some directly from them.
I use their spray paint a lot and haven’t notice fed any difference over the last 10years I haven’t used their regular can paint much but u should try the spray paint. I personally lik the finish I get with it better than a brush

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#2 posted 05-20-2017 01:37 AM

Bad batch? Buy some new from somewhere else. Or maybe it was those liberal vaccines.

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#3 posted 05-20-2017 03:07 AM

I don’t think Charles Neil could answer this question. When there is product failure, then here comes the fine print. I did have success with Home Depot and a Behr alycoloid enamel (sp) full refund on 5 gallons of finish.

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#4 posted 05-20-2017 01:40 PM

One of the things I liked about Rustoleum is that you can buy it at so many places. Whatever my next choice is in oil based enamel might be tougher to source at multiple locations. I need to see what Lowes carries. And Ace Hardware.

About two years ago, one of the stools I made needed to be painted John Deere Green. I found a pint can (I guess it was a pint) of the official JD paint and used it. Waited 24 hours and gave the stool a second coat. It ‘orange peeled’. I called the paint maker and was told that their new paint was a very low VOC formulation that was extra slow to dry. That paint was real tough to use.

Anyway, back to the Rustoleum…I can use the paint. It just doesn’t go on like it used to, and it’s tougher for me to get a nice even flat finish, and good coverage takes three coats. Two coats used to be enough.

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