Painting FAQs

General Painting Faqs

  • 1.

    Aren’t all paints basically the same?

    No they are not. Different types of paints perform different functions. Some have better moisture resistance, some have better color and gloss retention, etc.

  • 2.

    Which product has the best resistance to gasoline?

    Rust-Oleum EPOXYShield Garage Floor Paint provides gasoline resistance.
  • 3.

    Should certain brushes be used with certain paints?

    Generally, there are two types of paint brushes: those made of natural-hair bristles and those made with synthetic materials (usually nylon or polyester). Natural bristle brushes are preferred for use with solvent-based (oil- or alkyd-based) paints, especially for enamel or finish work. Natural bristles are hollow and can absorb the water contained in a latex paint, causing them to swell and become soft and limp (like your own hair when it’s wet).

    Most synthetic brushes work well with both latex and solvent-based paints, but always check the manufacturer’s recommendations on the brush. Some of the solvents used in solvent-based paints can break down the composition of a synthetic bristle. Once again, check the label.
  • 4.

    Can I recycle spray cans?

    Yes, all Rust-Oleum spray cans can be recycled once they are empty.

  • 5.

    How should I care for my brush so that it maintains its performance level use after use?

    Clean it immediately after use with paint thinner or kerosene for bristle brushes, soap and water for nylon/polyester brushes. Use a brush comb to clean and straighten the bristles. Don’t soak your brush for extended periods of time or it may lose its shape. If possible, store your brush by hanging it and don’t store a brush on its tips.