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Forum topic by willhime posted 09-19-2020 04:16 PM 368 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2020 04:16 PM

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After making a couple large steel handles for my shop’s new door I sprayed rustoleum’s rust inhibitor all over it and followed all the instructions. After 2 weeks it rained and there was high humidity. The handles started to produce rust all over them.

Is there a better product for exterior anti rust applications for steel ?

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#1 posted 09-19-2020 04:28 PM

are you wanting the look of raw steel ?
“inhibitors” are not usually a permanent topcoat.

metal primer and enamel topcoat would be my choice.
or – have then sent out to be galvanized if they mean that much to you.
if you want a clear topcoat, automotive clear would be my choice for that.
but like any exterior product, paint is a full-time – for life – maintenance item.
photos would be nice to see.


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#2 posted 09-19-2020 04:37 PM

Chrome handles.

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#3 posted 09-19-2020 05:29 PM

After rusted, brush lightly and spray with rust-oleum rust reformer. Concerts the rust to a black finish that lasts for years. Also similar product from loc tite. But they only work on rusted steel, not new.

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#4 posted 09-19-2020 10:03 PM

Yes, raw steel that’s usually been sanded up to 240 with a flap disc and sometimes polished. I’m looking for something that lasts a couple years but completely clear.

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#5 posted 09-21-2020 04:07 AM

I know someone who makes steel sculptures that are sometimes placed outside. She says Everbrite works pretty well. The only question is how well it holds up to repeated touching. Door handles will get a lot more hands on them than sculptures will.

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#6 posted 09-21-2020 02:16 PM

Remake the handles from stainless steel. Problem solved forever.

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