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Rust Activator Solution

Artisan Special Effects


Erosion catalyst. Produce your own paint story with the Rust Activator Solution. Apply the activator solution over our Artisan Rust Effect paint wherever you want to introduce texture, depth and character. The Rust Activator and Rust Effect system make for a realistic and achievable industrial style in any scheme, apply to accessories or use full coverage to make a statement wall.


Artisan Rust Activator is the second step in a two-part paint system, which when paired, oxidises, leaving walls and painted objects with natural shades of earthy rusted iron. Ideal for interior and exterior projects. A statement making scene on its own or balance organically with leafy green fauna and woven textures.


Allow 12 hours of dry time for the Rust Effect paint and then use a brush to apply 2 coats of the Rust Activator solution over the dry Rust Effect paint. The effect will immediately begin to develop within 20 minutes and continue to do so over time, similar to real rust.

Please note that if you wish, you can seal the painted surface to ensure no residue comes away from the wall by using Craig & Rose Furniture Effect Wax. Using wax to seal the wall will slightly alter the finished effect so we suggest to test this on a small section first.

For further information on prep, application, dry time and coverage please see our Craig & Rose Artisan Technical Data Sheets.


Our products are proudly manufactured and packed in Scotland and will be with you within 3-5 working days. Delivery to remote postcodes may take longer.

FREE DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND when your total order value is over £50 OR when you order three or more sample pots (this applies to sample pots from the 1829 Collection only) OR when you purchase any of our Colour Patch products (free shipping invalid when additional items added to the cart that do not meet our free shipping criteria)

STANDARD DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND is £6.00 for orders under £50 which do not meet the above free delivery requirements.