Hammerite is what you’d call an old-school metal paint, and it’s a brand that every single decorator in the UK has used at one point or another. They manufacture a range of metal paints, but I want to review their signature product, which is Hammerite Direct to Rust and Metal.
You can buy this paint online by clicking here in various sizes and colours. The finishes include Smooth, Hammered and Satin. Touch dry in around an hour, recoat after 4 hours and it offers 8 years of protection. You might use these paints for exterior metal work such as railings, cast iron gutters, and shutters.
Hammerite Direct to Rust and Metal Paint Review
There are loads of products available nowadays which you can use on exterior metal work, but I still have an affection for Hammerite. It’s thick and gloopy to apply, which can be a real pain, especially in warm conditions. However, there is a trick to applying it which will make the application process easier. (I’ll go into that a little later in my review).
Hammerite Direct to Rust and Metal does contain rust inhibitors, which is why you can use it on rusted metal work, but I’ve found you still need an oxide primer for heavily rusted areas for your painted surface to have any real longevity.
It may sound like I’m being too critical of Hammerite Direct to Rust and Metal, because I honestly do like it. I find the paint reliable, and I honestly think it looks fantastic once it’s on. Plus, it lasts longer than any of the water-based alternatives I’ve tried. I have even used it on my own garden railings.
The Easiest way to Apply Hammerite Direct to Rust and Metal
As promised, I’m going to talk a little bit about the application. There is a knack to using Hammerite. If you were to just grab a paintbrush and try to paint in the usual way, then you’d probably struggle. Hammerite is simply too thick and gloopy. Instead, what you need to do is get yourself the correct type of brush and a mini roller.
Your chosen paintbrush needs to be relatively stiff for use in Hammerite, but also cheap. There’s no point in using an expensive paintbrush because it is going to get wrecked by the paint! I’d recommend Hamilton for the Trade, which is available online by clicking here.
Next, you’ll need a medium pile mini-roller. I like the Hamilton For The Trade with these too. They’re cheap, hold plenty of material, but are thin enough to manoeuvre around railings and mouldings. Available online buy clicking here.
You should roll larger areas with your mini roller, then touch the edges up with your paintbrush, ensuring you keep your wet edge. I know this is a strange way round to do it, but trust me, it’s the easiest way. You can get your mini roller right into railings and the painting is much faster.
Hammerite Direct to Rust and Metal Aerosol
It’s worth mentioning the Hammerite Aerosol. There are pros and cons of opting for the aerosol version. It is quicker and easier to use on smaller areas, plus it gets into the corners.
“A quick spray” every couple of years on your garden gates is probably all the maintenance you need. It might take 20 minutes and will last a while. If your metal work is in good nick, then Hammerite Aerosol is fine.
However, you can’t really work it into rough surfaces. The liquid paint version coats everything in a thick gloop, which is perfect for this type of thing. The spray is a bit thin.
I prefer the Maston Hammer if I’m using an aerosol, but 9 times out of 10 I opt for proper liquid paint.
So, Hammerite Direct to Rust and Metal is thick and gloopy but is easy enough to apply with the correct method. I don’t like applying it to heavy rust, but the fact this paint has rust inhibitors in it gives me confidence of its longevity.
There are new water-based alternatives popping up all the time, but I still like Hammerite. It’s a brand you can always rely on.
Hammerite Direct to Rust and Metal Paint review – by Mike Gregory