Primer plays a key role in rust prevention. A good primer—applied before your topcoat and after proper surface preparation—will help keep your metal surface from corroding for as long as possible. Enter Boysen metal primers that are specifically formulated to have rust-inhibiting properties. Go through the products below and see which one suits your project best.

Boysen Red Oxide Metal Primer

Boysen Red Oxide Metal Primer B-310

Boysen Red Oxide Metal Primer continues to be a popular choice among Boysen users for priming metals. It’s an easy pick! An alkyd-based, rust-inhibiting primer, it can be applied on interior and exterior metal substrates such as steel and iron surfaces. Yes, yero sheets too.

Some areas of the house to use it on include metal gates, fences, doors, beams, framings, railings, and stairs. Apply a solid coat of the metal primer and wait for 12 hours for it to fully dry before painting your topcoat.

Metal paint products to use as topcoat:

Boysen Rust-Off Gray

Boysen Rust-Off Metal Primer

Here’s another alkyd-based metal primer. Boysen Rust-Off Gray is recommended for interior and exterior steel and iron surfaces. This means you can, again, use it on metal gates, fences, doors, beams, framings, railings, and stairs.

It was developed by Boysen engineers to have special rust-inhibiting pigments that make it even more corrosion-resistant than traditional metal primers. Its light gray shade gives it great hiding over colored substrates which allows you more freedom when picking your new topcoat color like white or other light hues.

Metal paint products to use as topcoat

Boysen Primeguard

Boysen Primeguard Industrial Primer

For hard-to-adhere metal surfaces like stainless steel and aluminum, Boysen Primeguard is an excellent choice. It provides excellent adhesion between the topcoat and the metal surface to help ensure a durable and long-lasting paint job. Of course, it also has reliable rust-inhibiting properties.

Being a water-based metal primer, it has a quicker drying time compared to solvent-based ones. It dries to the touch within just one hour but it’s best to wait for up to 2 hours before applying the topcoat. Clean-up is also easy as you only need water. It’s also low odor and non-flammable.

Metal paint products to use as topcoat

Remember, if the surface you want to paint already has rust, it’s best to treat that first. Find a guide for treating rust on a surface you want to paint here. Good luck!

If you have any questions or inquiries about Boysen products, our technical team will be happy to assist you. Send an email to or call (02) 8363-9738 local 413 to 418 during office hours for a one-on-one consultation.


Jill is a writer on a continuous journey to learn about paint and share them with you, the reader. She has an interest in the technical side of things but also thoroughly enjoys playing with colors. She likes calm greens, quiet blues, and mellow yellows best.

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