The selection of the right coating system must be based on an analysis of the target substrate, and of the typically occurring atmospheric exposures. Rust Bullet, LLC is at your disposal to assist in this process. The information in Rust Bullet's FAQ's and Technical Data is based on extensive laboratory testing, combined with field experience, and believed to be correct. However, Rust Bullet, LLC makes no warranty nor assumes any liability or obligation in connection with its use. This edition cancels all previous editions. Data is subject to change without notice.
What is the difference between Rust Bullet Standard (Gold Label) and Rust Bullet Automotive (Silver Label)?
What is Rust Bullet’s product line?
Rust Bullet for Concrete is an industrial strength protective polyurethane coating specially formulated for concrete. This special formulation not only improves the appearance of concrete, it provides an impervious shield allowing easy clean-up of oil, grease and chemical spills along with strong protection against impacts, abrasives, and atmospheric elements. Use for all your concrete flooring needs including garage floors, walkways, paths and much more.
Clear Coat for Concrete is an industrial strength, clear, anti-skid coating formulated as a top coat for the Rust Bullet for Concrete Coating. This special formulation is used to create a beautiful, safe, anti-skid, glossy finish. Can also be used to seal in decorative chips or flakes.
BlackShell, WhiteShell, ColorShell, and Clear Shot are formulated specifically as top coats for the Rust Bullet Standard, Automotive and Concrete Formulations. They all cure to a beautiful gloss finish and are scratch and chip resistant, and UV resistant. They also offer unbeatable chemical resistance. The ColorShell's are ANSI Z535 Compliant OSHA Safety Colors. ColorShell's are available in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple.
Rapid Fire Accelerator is designed for spray applications of Standard, Automotive, and Rust Bullet Top coats. Rapid Fire decreases the drying time needed between coats, ultimately reducing project completion times up to 80% while maintaining optimal coating performance.
Metal Blast is a metal surface cleaner and conditioner that is like having three products in one. It dissolves rust, degreases and it etches metal. Metal Blast eliminates the high cost of extensive surface preparations by properly etching surfaces with minimal or poor adhesive qualities providing an ideal anchor pattern for a superior coating bond. It works on any metal surface including aluminum, stainless steel and shiny polished metal resulting in optimum coating performance.
Bloxygen blocks Oxygen, protects and preserves opened Rust Bullet Coatings during storage. Bloxygen uses ultra-pure Argon, an inert gas, to drive the oxygen out of partially used containers of Rust Bullet Coatings and preserve the coating for up to six months. A short spray into the container will protect the Rust Bullet from reacting with the oxygen or moisture present in our normal atmosphere.
Solvent is for cleanup, equipment prep, and the thinning of Rust Bullet Coatings. Effectively clean equipment such as paint pots, lines, guns, brushes and rollers, as well as spills, drips and over spray from coatings applications. Use to thoroughly flush and clean spray equipment before, after and between coats to avoid possible damage to spray equipment. Do not thin unless directed by Rust Bullet Technical Support. The approximate thinning ratio is 3% to 5% by volume (i.e. 1 to 1.5 oz. solvent per quart of coating).
Metal Jacket is a non-greasy, non-dirt collecting, non-tacky, dust retardant, continuous, flexible, removable film that will not crack, peel, or flake. Metal Jacket protects all metals against atmospheric rust and corrosion, salt spray, high humidity, chemical fumes, abrasive matter, fingerprinting and fingerprint corrosion. Translucent coating allows for easy reading of identification markings stamped on parts.
Rust Bullet Products SDS Sheets
A certain degree of risk is involved in the use, or more properly, the misuse, of most industrial materials; Rust Bullet is no exception to this rule. Ensure adequate ventilation and fresh air when working with Rust Bullet coatings. Use a NIOSH-approved Half-Mask Organic Vapor Respirator and a P100 filter attached with a filter cover. Filters must be changed if and when they become saturated. Wear protective clothing, gloves, and eye protection during set up, application, and clean up.
It is critical to avoid any conditions that may cause a fire. Avoid open flames, pilot lights, sparks, heating elements, cigarettes, or any and all possible sources of ignition.
Warning! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to www.EPA.GOV/LEAD.
Rust Bullet Solvent - Warning: Hazard & Prevention: Flammable Liquid and Vapor / Harmful or Fatal if swallowed. Harmful if inhaled. May affect central nervous system causing dizziness, headache or nausea. Prolonged or repeated contact may dry skin and cause irritation and burns. Respiratory and Skin irritant and sensitizer. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects. Use in well ventilated areas. Close container after each use. Keep away from heat/sparks, open flame/hot surfaces – No Smoking. Use only non-sparking tools. Take precautionary measures against static discharge. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. Store in a cool, dry, ventilated area, out of direct sunlight. For spills/leaks, collect liquid in appropriate container or absorb with inert material (vermiculite, dry sand, earth) and place in chemical waste container. Dispose of in accordance with US Federal, State and local hazardous waste disposal regulations.
Warning: This product does contain an ingredient(s) designated by IARC, NTP, ACGIH, OSHA or European Chemical Commission as probable or suspected human carcinogens. FIRST AID: Skin Exposure: If this product contaminates the skin, begin decontamination with running water. Remove exposed or contaminated clothing. Eye Exposure: If product enters the eyes, open contaminated individual's eyes while under gently running water. Use sufficient force to open eyelids. Remove contact lenses if worn. Have contaminated individual "roll" eyes. Minimum flushing is for 15 minutes. Inhalation: If vapors/mists generated by this product are inhaled, remove contaminated individual to fresh air. Contaminated individual must seek medical attention if irritation develops or persists or if visual changes occur. Seek medical attention if any adverse effect occurs from any exposure. Ingestion: If this product is swallowed, CALL PHYSICIAN OR POISON CONTROL CENTER FOR MOST CURRENT INFORMATION. DO NOT induce vomiting; if vomiting occurs spontaneously, keep head below hips to prevent aspiration of liquid into lungs. Never induce vomiting or give diluents (milk or water) to someone who is unconscious, having convulsions, or unable to swallow. SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION. Refer to the SDS at www.RustBullet.com or call 800-245-1600 for more complete product information including; safety, use, storage and disposal information.
Important points for a successful project
- Rust Bullet coatings are ready to use right from the can. Thinning is not necessary. Adjust the application equipment as opposed to adjusting the coating.
- Rust Bullet Coatings should be stirred thoroughly by hand for at least 3 minutes. Do not shake the can to mix. Avoid creating air bubbles in the coating during mixing.
- Only pour out what you intend to use in one hour and quickly re-seal the can. Wipe clean any coating from the rim of the container before resealing.
- Use Bloxygen to keep any left over from curing up to six months. Bloxygen is an inert Argon gas that will displace the oxygen and provide a much longer storage life for unused portions of previously opened containers.
- Rust Bullet Solvent works best for cleanup, equipment prep. Do not use lacquer thinner, vinyl thinner, epoxy solvent, or any alcohol or unapproved solvent. If Rust Bullet Solvent is unavailable, Xylene, Toluene, or Acetone may be substituted.
- When using spray equipment, flush Rust Bullet Solvent through pumps, lines and guns prior to spraying to remove any existing moisture or other contaminates.
- Never allow sweat, rain, mist or other contaminates to fall into a Rust Bullet Coating. Even a drop or two can drastically affect results.
- Apply in thin, even coats. Thick coats will cause bubbling , also known as Solvent Popping, and eventually a coating failure.
- Standard, Automotive and Rust Bullet for Concrete do not require a top coat, however, if you want a different color, a top coat may be applied between 2-6 hours, up to 12 hours after the final coat. If 12 or more hours have lapsed, wait for the last coat to cure for at least 24 hours, then lightly scuff with 150 grit; enough to break the glaze to create a surface profile.
- Rust Bullet BlackShell, WhiteShell, Clear Shot, and Color Shells are top coats and are meant to be used as the final coats. You may use them as a stand alone coating, however, you will not receive the longevity of using them as a top coat over the Standard, Automotive, or Concrete Formulations.
What is the recommended surface preparation for Rust Bullet Coatings?
Should I apply Rust Bullet only where rust is apparent?
Why do I need to apply multiple coats of Rust Bullet?
Product Preparation – Stirring & Mixing
- Do not open and stir a Rust Bullet Coating when the temperature is below the dew point.
- Rust Bullet Coatings should be stirred thoroughly for at least 3 minutes or until completely uniform and homogenous (avoid whipping air into product). Shaking the container prior to application may cause the formation of bubbles in the finish of the coating. Never stir the product by mechanical means; this will trap air molecules containing moisture between the coating and the surface causing improper curing and possible coating failure.
- Rust Bullet Products that have been sitting for six months or longer may develop settling. Follow the same stirring instructions, but increase the stir time and be sure to break up any clumps on the bottom of the container, if any.
What can be used to thin Rust Bullet?
Can I pour Rust Bullet into another container?
What should I do if I waited too long before applying the next coat of Rust Bullet?
How can Rust Bullet Coatings be applied?
Roller – Use a 3/8 inch nap roller. Do not use a foam roller. A roll application achieves approx. 1.5 to 2 mils per coat.
Note: Rust Bullet for Concrete can be sprayed with an Airless sprayer, and applied by brush or a roller. Clear Coat for Concrete cannot be sprayed. It is applied by brush or roller only.
Airless: The Rust Bullet Standard and Rust Bullet for Concrete can be applied using airless spray equipment. A 517 to 523 tip at an approximate 2000 - 3000 psi is recommended and will give you about 3-4 mils per coat.
HVLP: The Rust Bullet Automotive may be applied with HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) spray equipment. Use a primer size tip, dependent upon the equipment and the psi this may range from a 1.7 to 2.0 tip at 40-60 psi. An HVLP application gives about 2-3 mils per coat.
Tips for a successful spray application:
- Rust Bullet Coatings are ready to use right from the can; thinning is not necessary, do not thin.
- Prior to spraying, run Rust Bullet Solvent through the spray equipment to remove any moisture that is trapped in the sprayer.
- After each coat of Rust Bullet is applied, flush the gun or submerge the tip in Rust Bullet Solvent.
- Application equipment and filters must be cleaned after use to avoid damage to the sprayer.
- Any remaining Rust Bullet Coating will cure and likely destroy the equipment.
- When the spray gun is not in use, such as between coats, it should be completely submerged in a container of solvent.
- Straining through a nylon bag strainer is recommended.
- Follow Stirring Instructions thoroughly before application.
- Inspect all spray equipment and ensure it is clean and in good working order prior to application.
- Flush Rust Bullet Solvent through pump, line and gun to remove any existing moisture or alcohol from previous coatings or solvents.
- Do not re-circulate the Rust Bullet Solvent through the pump, as the Solvent will be contaminated with moisture and debris.
- Overspray is unavoidable with a spray application, however, most sprayers now have adjustable pressure control to spray a wider range of materials with more control and reduced overspray.
- Overspray is controlled by the operator and the choices made, such as tip size, tip condition, pressure, distance, angle of spray gun in relation to surface, wind, etc.
- Any sprayer will produce some form of overspray, but there are two main ways to help reduce the overspray; a) set your pressure control at the lowest possible pressure, while still maintaining a solid fan pattern; b) ensure that the correct tip size is being used. Using a tip that is too large, will only result in excess paint being applied to the surface.
- Ensure that minimum cure times are followed before the application of a subsequent coat.
NOTE: If Rust Bullet Solvent is unavailable, xylene, toluene or acetone may be substituted.
What steps are required when applying a top coat over Rust Bullet?
If a spray application of Rust Bullet has been accelerated by adding Rust Bullet Rapid Fire Accelerator, a top coat may be applied approximately one hour after the final coat of the accelerated Rust Bullet coating has been applied.
If you are using a premium finishing paint and the manufacturer has specific primer requirements, it is recommended you apply the primer over Rust Bullet after the surface has been scuffed.
Why do I need to apply at least two coats of Rust Bullet?
How can I tell when to apply the next coat of Rust Bullet?
Rust Bullet Rapid Fire Accelerator can be added to the Rust Bullet coating formulas to decrease the normal recoat time of 2 to 4 hrs to approximately 30 to 40 minutes per coat. Rapid Fire makes it possible to apply multiple coats of Rust Bullet in a single day and reduces project completion time by as much as 80%. A Rust Bullet coating accelerated with Rapid Fire can be applied with either an HVLP Spray System or an Airless Spray System. For maximum rust prevention, ensure that corners, edges, and heavily pitted areas are adequately covered. Apply an adequate number of coats sufficient to achieve the dry film thickness appropriate for the project.
What do I do if I waited too long to apply my next coat of Rust Bullet?
Why do I have bleed through?
How do fuels affect Rust Bullet?
What causes bubbling in the finish of a project coated with Rust Bullet?
- Applying Rust Bullet too thick. As Rust Bullet cures, small gas bubbles can get trapped in overly thick areas of the coating, creating bubbles in the finish, called Solvent Popping. When using a brush or roller, Rust Bullet should be applied evenly without buildup in a crosshatch method (an up and down, side to side continuous motion).
- Prematurely applying a subsequent coat over a partially wet previous coat will trap the escaping gas during the curing process causing bubbles in the finished coating.
- Shaking the can creates air bubbles in the product. Prior to application, Rust Bullet must be stirred thoroughly until completely uniform and homogeneous (approximately 3 minutes). Shaking the container may cause the formation of bubbles in the finish of the coating.
- Using a Mechanical tool to stir or mix the coating will cause a vortex, drawing air into the product. Avoid whipping air into product as the same results will occur as noted above.
Can Rust Bullet be applied over existing paint?
How do I remove Rust Bullet from skin?
What are the proper equipment clean-up procedures?
- The Rust Bullet Application Guidelines contain complete detailed clean-up information. Application equipment must be cleaned immediately after use to avoid damage. Spills must be cleaned up immediately with Rust Bullet Solvent or the product will harden and become next to impossible to remove. Avoid getting on body, clothes, or any surface not intended to be coated. Rust Bullet Coatings are permanent; after curing, Rust Bullet can only be removed with rigorous abrasive action. Clean up fresh, uncured Rust Bullet immediately by using Rust Bullet Solvent, following the directions on the label. Washing with soap and water may work, if done immediately.
- Use Rust Bullet Solvent for Cleanup. Do not make assumptions about other cleanup solvents without consulting Rust Bullet Customer Support. Even a very small contamination of Rust Bullet with alcohol or other hydroxyl-containing solvents can destroy the moisture-cure reaction partly or entirely without any indication or jelling.
- Spills must be cleaned up with Rust Bullet Solvent immediately or the product will harden and become next to impossible to remove. Avoid getting on body, clothes, or any surface not intended to be coated. Rust Bullet Coatings are permanent; after curing, Rust Bullet can only be removed with rigorous abrasive action. Clean up fresh, uncured Rust Bullet immediately by using Rust Bullet Solvent, following the directions on the container. Washing with soap and water may work, if done immediately.
- Application equipment must be cleaned with Rust Bullet Solvent immediately after use to avoid damage. Thoroughly flush equipment clean with Rust Bullet Solvent. Do not leave residue as it will harden and become insoluble in solvent. Clean equipment as you would with any typical two component catalyzed coating. Always clean brush or roller thoroughly. Dunking dirty equipment in Rust Bullet Solvent will not prevent the coating from curing overnight.
NOTE: If Rust Bullet Solvent is unavailable, xylene, toluene or acetone may be substituted.
When can I apply a top coat if the Rust Bullet has been accelerated with Rapid Fire?
IMPORTANT: A Rust Bullet coating that has not been accelerated by adding Rapid Fire can be top coated between approximately 2-6 hours after the application of the final coat of Rust Bullet with no additional preparation.
Can Rust Bullet be applied over fiberglass?
What is the proper storage & handling of Rust Bullet Products?
What is Rust Bullet for Concrete? Is it a two part epoxy?
Do I need a non-skid additive? Is Rust Bullet for Concrete slippery after it has dried?
Why Rust Bullet and not Epoxy?
Can I coat all types of concrete surfaces?
Does Rust Bullet protect against hot tire pickup? Chemical spills?
How much do I need? Is the coverage the same for all coats?
Do I have to apply a concrete sealer prior to applying Rust Bullet for Concrete?
How do I determine if the concrete is dry enough for application?
How is Rust Bullet for Concrete applied? What is the best method?
How many coats do I need to apply?
How long do I wait between coats?
What is the ideal temperature range and humidity level to apply Rust Bullet for Concrete?
What to do if I see roller marks?
How do I use a non-skid additive with Rust Bullet for Concrete?
What is the procedure for applying additional coat(s) of Rust Bullet for Concrete after my project has been completed and is dry/cured?
If I want a different color other than metallic gray, can I top coat Rust Bullet for Concrete and when should it be applied?
Can I add decorative flakes to my Rust Bullet for Concrete application? What is the process for applying them?
How long do I have to wait to walk on my freshly coated floor?
How do I remove Rust Bullet for Concrete if I spill it on a surface I didn’t intend to coat?
Can I apply any Rust Bullet WhiteShell, BlackShell, Clear Shot or ColorShells without using Rust Bullet for Concrete?
How do I clean my concrete that has been coated with Rust Bullet for Concrete? What if it is a chemical?
Is it safe to prepare food on a surface coated with Rust Bullet for Concrete?
How do I maintain my concrete that has been protected with Rust Bullet for Concrete?
Is Rust Bullet appropriate for Industrial and Commercial projects?
Rust Bullet is a one part multiple coat urethane that can be applied with little or no surface preparation, reducing the high cost of product, labor and the containment of waste. Rust Bullet requires little or no maintenance, consequently saving money and minimizing down time. If surface preparation is necessary, Rust Bullet Metal Blast can be used to dissolve rust and properly etch the metal prior to the application of Rust Bullet. Always allow the surface to completely dry before applying Rust Bullet. Although it is not always necessary to blast surfaces prior to a Rust Bullet application, Soda Blasting, Dry Ice Blasting and Hydro-Blasting are three methods of media blasting that are effective, clean and environmentally safe. All media are sound options and clean up will be relatively minor. Surface Prep on industrial and commercial projects may vary dependent upon the condition of the substrate.
What is Dry Film Thickness (dft)?
How do I know what the recommended dry film thickness (dft) is for my project?
- Harsh chemicals
- Abrasive objects
- The damaging effects the surface must endure from environmental conditions and exposures
How do I ensure the finished project has sufficient mil coverage?
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How does Rust Bullet compare to an epoxy primer?
If an epoxy finish is desired, and the existing surface is an epoxy finish, scrape off any loose rust and epoxy coating, rough-up the remaining tight epoxy with 100 grit sandpaper prior to applying Rust Bullet then re-apply the epoxy coating over the final coat of Rust Bullet. Please note: For best results, the surface should be prepared down to bare metal, removing as much of the existing failing coating as possible. Rust Bullet works best when it is in direct contact with rusted or clean metal.
Will Rust Bullet protect my galvanized metal roof?
What is the recommended application method for galvanized corrugated roofs?
Will Rust Bullet protect metal from magnesium chloride?
Is Rust Bullet an appropriate coating for use on an air duct?
Will fertilizer and lime affect Rust Bullet?
Is Rust Bullet compatible with cadmium?
What if my project requires a faster re-coat time?
IMPORTANT: Rapid Fire is to be added to the Rust Bullet coating at the job site; it cannot be added until you are ready for application. As soon as Rapid Fire has been added, the curing process begins. Pot life is approximately 4-6 hours. Only mix Rapid Fire Accelerator into the quantity of Rust Bullet that will be used within a 4-6 hour period.
Will I have problems Rust Bullet if I am located in an area with high humidity?
Can Rust Bullet be used instead of standard military paint?
Rust Bullet GSA Contract Number: GS-06F-0050R
GSA Schedule Number: 51V
Rust Bullet Cage Code: 3E9H7
Special Item Number (SIN): 834-100
Some of the United States Government Military and Non-Military Agencies currently using Rust Bullet:
- Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA)
- United States Department of Transportation, (DOT)
- United States Army
- United States Navy (USN)
- United States Air Force (USAF) - Spacelift Range Systems Contract (SLRSC)
- United States Marine Corps (USMC)
- United States Naval Undersea Warfare Centers (NUWC)
- United States Coast Guard (USCG)
- United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)
- The National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array (VLA)
What is the recommended method of application for marine use?
What are the recommendations on surface preparation or media blasting?
Are additional coats of Rust Bullet required for marine applications?
Is there a recommendation of the number of coats for a ship submerged in seawater and what is the effect of saltwater on Rust Bullet?
What is a marine tie-coat and when should it be used?
As Rust Bullet contains aluminum, when it is applied to a hull, the hull must then be treated as an aluminum hull. As most anti-fouling paints contain copper, applying it directly onto a cured Rust Bullet coating would create an undesirable Dissimilar Metal (Galvanic) Corrosion. This galvanic corrosion occurs when two dissimilar metals (in this case aluminum and copper) are in contact with each other in an electrolyte (salt water). Due to the distance between aluminum and copper in the galvanic series, a non-conducting insulator (e.g. rubber) should be placed between them or they must be isolated from the electrolyte. On an ocean-going vessel the isolation is not an option and therefore the tie-coat must be applied.
Does Rust Bullet recommend the use of anti-fouling paint?
Is Rust Bullet recommended for use on the inside of small engine gasoline tanks?
What are the application methods for Rust Bullet Automotive?
Can Rust Bullet Automotive be used as a primer?
Is Rust Bullet Automotive compatible with automotive fillers, fiberglass and primers?
Please note: Fillers have a tendency to absorb moisture which will cause further rusting of the metal and bubbling of the filler if applied directly to a rusted area that has not been protected with Rust Bullet. Rust Bullet works best when it is in direct contact with the metal.
What is necessary prior to applying body paint?
Is Rust Bullet recommended for use on the inside of small engine gasoline tanks?
Is Rust Bullet recommended for use on an exhaust system?
What are the recommendations for spraying Rust Bullet Automotive or the Top Coats?
House & Farm
Will Rust Bullet protect my metal roof?
What is the recommended application method for metal roofs?
Can Rust Bullet be applied to stock drinking tanks?
How many coats of Rust Bullet are required for my project?
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