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Resene FX Faux Rust Affect application instructions

Resene FX Faux Rust Effect is a waterborne coating system used to impart a rust style effect to a range of exterior and interior surfaces. Once applied, it provides you with the aesthetic effect of rusting that, like normal rust, will continue to develop as the coating ages.

Resene FX Faux Rust Effect and Resene FX Faux Rust Effect Activator

Surface preparation

  • Surfaces must be prepared and primed with the appropriate substrate primer prior to application of the Resene FX Faux Rust Effect basecoat.

  • Ensure substrates to be coated are in sound condition, dry, free from dirt, dust, loose material, oil (including mineral oil based wood finishes or similar) and salt.

  • Remove accumulated windblown salt by washing with Resene Paint Prep and Housewash (see Data Sheet D812).

  • All sanding dusts may be harmful and appropriate protection must be worn. In particular dusts from old lead or chromate based paints or old building materials containing asbestos may be injurious to health if inhaled or ingested. Seek expert advice if the presence of these materials is suspected.

  • This product may be used to paint a wide variety of surfaces. If the surface you propose to paint is unsound or not referred to, try a small test area first or contact your local Resene ColorShop or reseller for advice.



  • Work on a sample area first. This is especially important as the end result is dependent not only on the products but also on the style of application technique. Always agree on a sample panel with the applicator prior to the full project being undertaken. The sample size should be at least 70cm x 70cm (half a square metre).

  • Apply two coats of Resene FX Faux Rust Effect basecoat using a wide brush, allowing at least 4 hours dry between coats. The final rust patterns will vary with application method and technique. Best effects are obtained with random direction brushstrokes. It is important to use a consistent technique. DO NOT CUT IN AS THIS WILL RESULT IN PICTURE FRAMING.

  • Two coats of Resene FX Faux Rust Effect Activator give the best results. The deepest rust effect is obtained if the first application is applied as soon as the Resene FX Faux Rust Effect basecoat is tacky or touch dry and should be completed within 24 hours of applying the Resene FX Faux Rust Effect basecoat. Apply the second application of activator as soon as the first is dry which is typically less than one hour. Apply the Resene FX Faux Rust Effect Activator solution by brush using random direction brushstrokes to completely cover the basecoat. Missed areas will not develop the rust effect.

  • Rusting begins immediately after the activator is applied. Within one hour visual rust is noticeable and the majority of rust development occurs within 12 hours. A mist/brush/roll application of clean water 12-24 hours after application of the activator solution will produce a deeper rust effect. Repetitive water misting will increase the rate of rust development and the deeper the rust effect colour will be.

  • High temperatures and low humidity will reduce the available working time. If necessary, add Resene Hot Weather Additive to the Resene FX Faux Rust Effect basecoat to slow drying.

  • The Resene FX Faux Rust Effect Activator is corrosive. When applying close to any adjacent metal surfaces ensure plastic covers are in place to protect the metal surfaces against contact with the Resene FX Faux Rust Activator.

  • The final colour may be protected (not sealed) by applying two coats of Resene Aquapel waterborne (see Data Sheet D65) diluted 2:1 with water. This provides a highly hydrophobic surface with water beading being maintained for 12 months. A slight deepening of the rust colour will result.

Be PaintWise

For tips on responsible disposal of paint, cleaning equipment and minimising the impact of your decorating on the environment see the environment section of the Resene website. Do not discharge any paint into the environment. Resene PaintWise (NZ) or (Australia) accepts residual unwanted paint and packaging. Or contact your Local Authority for disposal information.


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In every case it is recommended that the appropriate Data Sheet and Safety Data Sheet are consulted prior to application.


Resene FX Faux Rust Effect

Resene FX Faux Rust Effect Activator

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