You might have a small project at hand like upcycling a bicycle by treating rust, or maybe you’ve set your sights on something bigger, like the cast iron gutters on your house. Or, maybe you’re in the shipping or petrochemical industry and the scales there are much greater. If that sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place. The team at Neutrarust have put together a handy guide on how to calculate the quantities of rust converter you may need.
It is important to calculate how much rust converter you require for a few reasons.
- Cost Efficiency
Rust converter products can be relatively expensive, especially if you choose a poor quality one that doesn’t paint out well. So when calculating the amount you need, it is important to understand the number of square metres coverage per litre the different brands provide. This will help you avoid overbuying and wasting money.
- Application Effectiveness
Applying the right amount of rust converter according to the manufacturers’ instructions, ensures that it can effectively convert the rust to a ready to paint surface. Too little may not cover the rust completely, and too much may not adhere properly, affecting its effectiveness. However, it is important that the surface is sealed against moisture and air to avoid further rust corrosion.
- Surface Coverage
Different surfaces and rust severity may require varying applications of rust converter. Calculating the required quantity ensures you have enough to cover the entire affected area adequately.
To calculate the amount of rust converter needed, you should:
- Determine the Surface Area
Measure the surface area where you need to apply the rust converter to establish how many square metres you have. This will involve measuring the length and width of the rusty area and multiplying them to get the square metres.
- Check the Product Label
Rust converter products typically indicate the coverage area litre on the label. Consider how smooth or pitted the rusted area is and how many coats you will require, and then divide your total surface area by the coverage area provided on the label to estimate how many litres you’ll need.
It’s always a good idea to buy a little more than your calculated amount to account for any unexpected factors or mistakes during the application process. However, accurately calculating your requirements helps you purchase the appropriate amount, saving both money and resources.