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If you're like many homeowners, your garage is probably filled with old metal items that are plagued with rust like this toolbox used to be. Before you start kicking those items to the curb (and spending big bucks to replace them), learn how easy it is to not only paint over rust, but stop it from coming back.

  1. PREPARE: Always work in a well ventilated area and cover nearby items with a drop cloth to protect from overspray. Scrub rusted areas with a wire brush to remove loose rust. Then, clean all surfaces thoroughly with a lint free rag. Gently sand the entire toolbox and tray. Once it's sanded, clean the toolbox again with soap and water, rinse, and let dry. Tape off any hardware or areas you don't want to paint.
  2. PAINT:
    Toolbox: Shake your can of Stops Rust Rusty Metal Primer spray for 1 minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle. Hold the paint can 12-14” from the toolbox. Spray in a steady back-and-forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Apply 2 or more light coats a few minutes apart, then allow 15 minutes to dry. Next, shake the can of Stops Rust Hammered spray paint for 1 minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle. Hold the paint can 12-14” from the toolbox and apply 1-2 light coats. Spray in a steady back-and-forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Allow 15 minutes to dry between coats.
    Tray: To restore the metallic tray, first shake your can of Stops Rust Metallic spray paint for 1 minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle. Hold the paint can 12-14” from the tray and apply 1-2 light coats, spraying in a steady back-and-forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Allow 15 minutes to dry between coats.
  3. FINISH: Allow the toolbox to dry completely for approximately 24 hours before using.

Now it's time to tackle those other rusty items in your garage, like metal trash cans, gardening tools, wheel barrows, and anything else you can find!