This is such a great product! I use it on anything exposed to the elements as in fence hinges, mail box, hose guards, lawn chairs, etc. I first used it when I accidentally painted some old iron railings and a security door with regular paint (not paint specifically for metal). When the paint started rusting through I coated it with clear rustoleum and it saved my job! I have also used it on an old metal shed which I repainted with colored rustoleum paints to add some extra gloss (please follow instructions for more than one coat). I have used it over wood paint where it needs some extra protection and even bare wood. I prefer the gloss finish because it gives a nice, glazed look especially if you use more than one coat (again, pls follow instructions on can).
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect with this product. For craft products I normally use a craft glue type of finish that you brush on and for furniture or other projects involving wood and needing a harder finish I use polyurethane. This product feels like it could be used in both those applications. It's easy to spray on and dries quickly. Do pay attention to how far away you are holding it and make sure to keep moving. I got a few drip marks but I chalk that up to user error, not a product flaw. It had a smell so of course use it somewhere with good ventilation, but I found it less noxious that when I use brush on polyurethane. This is a satin finish so don't expect a super shiny finish. It's also doesn't seem quite as protective as a brush on polyurethane finish so I might not use it for something like a table top or anything else getting a ton of wear. But to add a bit of protection and a seal to a project I think it's a great option. I included pictures of two things I sprayed. One is a terra cotta pot that I painted and wanted some protection on. I rushed a bit and you can see the milky drips that resulted. But now that I have a better feel for how it sprays on I don't think it would happen again. I also have some birch logs that I use in decor and I sprayed one to see what it would do. It slightly darkened the wood and gave it a slightly glossier finish.
Pros: Easy to Apply, Easy Instructions, Good Coverage, Easy to Use, Dries Quickly
Applied this over fully dried rustoelum camouflage non reflective paint. Instant bubbling of paint. Now I get to start all over.
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Response from Rust-OleumSupportOctober 13, 2020
Let's talk through this, Todd! Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Clear Enamel should be recoated within 1 hour of the previous coat or after 48 hours has passed. If you recoat before the first application of paint has skinned over and begun to dry to the touch, the two coats will dry correctly. However, if recoated at the wrong time, it may wrinkle blister or crack, which sounds like what you are experiencing. Simply put, to apply a second coat, the first coat must be very dry or very wet - never in between. To fix this, try sanding the surface, wait 24 hours and apply again. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5
This isn’t really stop the rust and the oxidation of things that are hit by the sun every day 365...
June 16, 2020
This isn’t really stop the rust and the oxidation of things that are hit by the sun every day 365 a year. Besides I just got it not that long ago I haven’t tried it yet but I did buy a single cans and tried it not as good but it was too late to stop this order it’s not UV protection.
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Response from Rust-OleumSupportJune 18, 2020
Thank you for sharing your experience, Linda! Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Clear Enamel Spray does offer protection against rust, corrosion, tarnishing and chipping. When using on exterior surfaces, you want to ensure that the surface is dry, clean, and free of any loose or flaking rust. If applying over a painted surface, the coating must also be suitable for use on exterior surfaces and in good, sound condition. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3