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#1 TerryD OFFLINE  

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 07:54 AM

Anyone had luck top coating Rust Reformer in less than 24 hrs? The can says 24 hrs and I usually follow that, but I took the day off to top coat the snowblower and didn't look at the can until this morning.

My top coat is going to be acrylic enamel with hardener.



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Posted October 24, 2012 - 08:02 AM

I have done some pieces before the 24 hrs., but I was using the Rustoleum paint.
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Posted October 24, 2012 - 08:13 AM

In 100* room I only waited a couple hours. It appears to have done no harm in that short or a time.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 08:30 AM

Thanks guys. I'm usually pretty good at sticking to the directions, but work has kept my mind off of some of these details. I have a small heater in the garage warming things up, and I sprayed a paint stick with the rust reformer to use as my test piece before I go ahead and mix a full pot of paint. I'll give it a couple hours and try putting a dot of mixed paint on the stir stick to see if there is a reaction.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 08:54 AM

I called Rustoleum customer service and they are taking the standard line. "We can not recommend recoating in less than 24 hrs because there my be a reaction in the solvents".

I'll post my results in a few hours.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 08:58 AM

Pretty typical of them....theyr not gona risk tellin you it may or may not work since alota people are "sue happy" these days. Very unfourtanate.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 09:22 AM

I can't tell if the source is reliable or not, but here is what someone else had to say on the subject.

http://www.infobarre...Right_Over_Rust

By the way, Rust Reformer is just past the non-tacky stage at 1 hour.
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Posted October 24, 2012 - 12:17 PM

"We can not recommend recoating in less than 24 hrs because there my be a reaction in the solvents".


Ummmh..... Did they happen to say what kind of reaction it might be??? :firejumper:

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 04:26 PM

I think the time period has to do with the rust reformer completing its task.
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Posted October 24, 2012 - 05:50 PM

In PA we have humidity problems that are the biggest factor . 24 hrs is pretty much mandatory but waiting too long lets the oxidation begin again even with the rust reformer . Can be tricky because the oxidation is only stalled not prevented .
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Posted October 24, 2012 - 05:55 PM

In PA we have humidity problems that are the biggest factor . 24 hrs is pretty much mandatory but waiting too long lets the oxidation begin again even with the rust reformer . Can be tricky because the oxidation is only stalled not prevented .

Well, it has stalled the oxidation on my Cub hood for 2 years now, without any paint on top of it.
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Posted October 24, 2012 - 05:59 PM

You may end user with a crinkle finish. This happened to me..... boy was I mad.... a t my self for not waiting.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 06:10 PM

Sometimes paints don't play well together, Keith! And I, too, hate when that happens! That's one thing holding me back from using a gun. Got to find the happy medium in all those paint types!

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 08:38 PM

It worked!!!

An hour after I put the Rust Reformer on it was nearly dry. So I started cleaning the larger of the two gun set I picked up at HF the other day. I'm glad I disassembled it, there were machine chips and a black, oily grease inside. Those chips would have never flushed out with just thinner.

Anyway, back to the story...
Four hours after I applied the Rust Reformer, I opened the acrylic enamel and reducer. I dipped a Q tip in paint, then reducer and touched it to the now dry to the touch Rust Reformer and nothing happened, so I started rubbing it around and it began softening the black pigment in the rust reformer. I left it alone for 10 minutes and it was beginning to dry, so I mixed a batch of paint and shot it. I started with light coats and let them tack up. After a number of light coats, I increased the flow a tad and started applying medium wet coats. My last two coats were full wet coats.

Long story short I used the entire quart of paint without a problem. It is now drying and I don't see any signs of lifting or wrinkling. So, I'd say if your Rust Reformer is dry to the touch it may possibly work for someone else who find them self in a similar predicament.

Thanks for all the posts. They really help me work through this!

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 10:04 PM

Glad it worked for ya, but :wewantpics: .

Any particualr brand topcoat you used to keep the magic alligator skin at bay?




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