Item # 51483Z BRAND: Eastwood

Eastwood Rust Converter Aerosol

Rust Converter Aerosol transforms surface rust into a paintable surface!
Rust Converter Aerosol transforms surface rust into a paintable surface!
Eastwood Rust Converter Aerosol is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 183.
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Rust Converter Aerosol transforms surface rust into a paintable surface!

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Eastwood Rust Converter Aerosol

Product Overview:


Instead of throwing out rusted automotive parts that you know will be hard to replace, use Eastwood Rust Converter to restore their performance. This acidic paint is formulated for panels and parts that have heavier rust but still are structurally intact. By spraying or brushing Rust Converter on the surface, you trigger a chemical reaction that turn residual rust into more stable iron oxide. It also forms a paintable black protective coating that is compatible with most topcoats. Last but not least, Rust Converter seals the metal to help prevent future corrosion.

Use rust converting treatment as part of a complete restoration process that gets your barn find back on the road. Our formula penetrates the metal quickly and doesn’t require any sanding. Since the paint is water-based, it’s much safer than traditional solvents. The Eastwood Garage has much more information about Rust Converter, including when to use it versus other anti-rust solutions (such as Rust Encapsulator ). Extend the life of your vehicle by doing the job right with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

  • Rust Converter stops residual rust, and turns it into a black, protective, ready-to-paint coating, without sanding. Just apply to transform the rust
  • Penetrates faster than other brands
  • No sanding needed - just apply to transform rust
  • No mixing needed
  • 90 Day Warranty

Eastwood's own high-tech formula converts rust into a protective polymeric coating that's ready to go as a primer, and is compatible with most top coats. That new protective coating will also seal the surface against moisture to prevent future rust growth.

Our customers have told us about a lot of different uses for this versatile product. Available in an aerosol spray or liquid containers, this rust converter will help you either restore or maintain your project vehicle. Contact us today by phone or email, and we'll answer your questions about whether this handy product can help your situation.

This high-tech formula halts residual rust in its tracks and converts it into a black protective polymeric coating that eliminates the need for sanding. The converted protective coating is a suitable primer, and is compatible with most top coats. Simply remove loose rust with a wire brush, then apply Eastwood’s Rust Converter. Allow to dry, then top coat it with a quality coating, such as Eastwood’s Chassis Black. Single component; no more mixing.


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Safety Information

Always use appropriate eye, skin, and respiratory protection when using this product. Safety information is also located on can, consult MSDS for proper safety requirement.


10041Z PRE 16060Z Rust Encapsulator 10025Z Chassis Black 11175Z Extreme Chassis Black 10426Z Underhood detailing kit

Application Tips

Steel and Iron only - DO NOT apply to paint Wire brush loose rust off surface. Liberally apply Eastwood Rust Converter, let dry 20-30 minutes. Apply top coat such as eastwood Rust encapsulator or Chassis Black


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked fine for me I had a couple of old car heaters i needed to restore. The rusty parts were in hard to reach places. I was able to knock the scale off then sprayed rust converter. I showed the results on my you tube channel 1989F1502Door it did just what it was supposed to turned rust black. Thanks for a great product
Date published: 2016-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works very well Happy I bought this item. Now frame looks almost new.
Date published: 2016-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use Bought this product to stop the rust on the inside of my fenders for my Pontiac Ventura since I can't buy new fenders for my car I need to save what I it said on can will turn it black it did now when car goes back together I can paint the underside of the fenders.
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from does what it said so far so good just need little to work like it should
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good product I have used this on a 1978 GMC pickup and an Allis Chalmers tractor. It is a very effective product but when the shipping cost is a quarter of the price of the item, that leaves a little bit to be desired.
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works in cold temps (30 degrees) I live in WISCONSIN,so we know what salt does to any iron or steel.I have a 95 bmw full of rust along the trim and fender.So good so far,just wait to see how this RUST CONVERTER holds out,until then thanks.
Date published: 2016-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rust remover Works to remove rust on tools ,car and truck frames etc salt in new England eats metal so we got to put it to rest apply rust remover and repaint is a big job this product help you get many more years out of your cars and trucks
Date published: 2015-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked great I used this on an old steel trailer bed. It had gotten pretty rusty hauling horse poo for the garden and 60 years of use. I followed the directions getting all the loose rust off and applied the product. All the rust turned black as it said it would. Made a good surface for bed liner to go over top.
Date published: 2015-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as described Product works as described, just follow directions on bottle. It does need 2 coats for better protection.
Date published: 2015-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good. First off, my order arrived lightning quick. Eastwood cut a perfect light on this shipment. When I order something I want it now and Eastwood never disappoints. As far as the rust converter, I've used it so far on a John Deere mower deck that I've rebuilt and on a 2001 Ford F-150 that I'm trying to extend its service life. After wire brushing away the loose rust I painted on two coats of rust converter as directed, followed by Eastwood's rust encapsulator. Both the converter and the encapsulator go on easy but the encapsulator stars to dry and gets tacky fast so keep that in mind. Also I wore a good quality respirator mask. The fumes are hard on the lungs. The job when done looked great. Hopefully I've added years of rust free service to my equipment.
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eastwood rust converter Used it on the frame of pick up truck. Took a wire brush to it first though. Turned the frame black. Time will tell how well it works. I plan to paint over it with the encapsulter.
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product I bought this to use on a truck frame. It works as advertised
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great I would recommend this product Rust Converter to anyone who is doing a restoration project it has saved me several hours of wire brushing on my 66 Chevelle front clip and frame. This product works Great !!! And the girl at the desk was very help full with my order. At my car club we have a saying GOOD MANAGEMENT STARTS WITH THE TOP DOWN. The guys in charge are doing a great job you can tell by the employees they hire. Thanks Keep up the good work.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems to work just great I have used this in hard to get to areas, after removing as much rust as possible. After curing, the area gets coated with rust encapsulated and it seems to be holding up quite well.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product! I used this on my 1954 Plymouth restoration project. This rust converter smells good and is not offensive to my eyes. It does a great job converting rust.
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Product ! Finally a product that does what it says it does ! Tried KBS RustBlast before purchasing this and it was garbage !
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Product Used this on my trailer before replacing the planking along with the encapsulator and it worked very well. Had to leave the trailer outdoors for a few months and no return of rust
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great products I have used about 4 gal. and 3 qts of rust converter and very happy with it.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worked great and no problem with curing worked great, had no problems with curing set up rock hard even on clean metal but i did scratched it up (rust converter) before applying epoxy.
Date published: 2014-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from rust converter i used the local car parts rust converter and had problems with it then i used eastwood rust converter and i never look back this is a great product and it dose not give me problems
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great if you brush it on Buy the quart bottle, clean the surface of loose rust, prep with Acetone and brush it on with a foam sponge brush - works excellent. Dont buy the aerosol - very poor results with the aerosol on the same parts.
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good works well, covers well.
Date published: 2014-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for heavy frame rust Used this in areas of heavy rust; the spray pattern was great nice and wide. Did a good job turning rust. In lighter areas where I could sand the rust it was not as effectively. However I always follow up with the rust encapsolater to address all rust.
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product This stuff works great over sound rust, but don't put it over any painted area. I wire brush off all loose rust and apply 2 coats and let it dry for 3 days and then apply 2 coats of rust encapulator and you can be sure it will last for years. I have used these products since Eastwood started selling them and they do work, but you must follow their application directions.
Date published: 2014-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product work as intended Used these product on a rear axle beam, After cleaning and prep I applied this product and axle looks great. Will be using this again.
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great stuff This was bought for a Christmas present for my son who restores car. We have used it in the past and have need for it now again.
Date published: 2013-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Rust converter modifies my Grandma's saying - It won't rust,bust, or tear up on us." Cause with old cars we all know they do rust. Eastwood's fine product makes her statement true again. Excellent product as with all Eastwood' s items I've purchased in the last 35 years.
Date published: 2013-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eastwood Rust Converter the Rust converter seems to be superior to other similar products, coverage is a lot better.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product If your down-right lazy or don't want to be to meticulous on a project then you will like this encapsulator. Just wire brush, spray, wait a day or 2 and paint it the color you want. Pretty easy
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rust Converter Used once on a trailer. So far has performed as stated.
Date published: 2013-06-25
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Questions & Answers

Obviously this cannot be applied to a wet surface, but are there restrictions based upon humidity in the air?

Asked by: Joseph
This and mostly all coatings in general should not be applied over 60-65% humidity ever.
Answered by: Kelly H
Date published: 2018-09-14

I accidentally applied the rust converter to some surfaces on the frame of my jeep that did not have any rust and the converter dried a milky white in those spots. How do you recommend getting the white residue off?

Asked by: will
You will want to apply acetone over the residue spots and wipe it off with a scotch brite pad.
Answered by: SeanW
Date published: 2018-08-20

i have some rust and pitting in the cab of my truck on the floor pan should i use the rust converter or rust disolver to clean and protect things such as the seams

Asked by: brandon
Actually the rust you're describing would more than likely be perfect for use of our Rust Encapsulator. This product is perfect for mild rust.
Answered by: Scott C
Date published: 2018-11-29

Hello I have a heavy rusted frame & used a needle scaler then acetone then 2 coats of your rust converter it’s 24 hours & looks pretty good I have por15 silver on hand & would like to use it over the rust converter will it work? thanks 

Asked by: Big red
Since POR 15 is another brand we have never tested it over our Rust Converter. While it should work we just couldn't guarantee it.
Answered by: Scott C
Date published: 2018-06-25

I purchased a quart early May and opened it the other day. It did not have a foil or paper seal. I went to put the spray nozzle in and met resistance. Looked in the bottle and it looks like it as thick as silly putty. Can it be thinned? 

Asked by: Jerry
We would recommend contacting customer service to get your bottle swapped out. Their number is 1800 343 9353 or
Answered by: Scott C
Date published: 2018-06-18

Will a quart of rust converter or Encapsulator enough to cover a small boat trailer?

Asked by: Heeds
Each quart covers approximately 35 SQ FT.
Answered by: Scott C
Date published: 2018-10-11

what is the difference between the Rust Convertor or Fast Etch? which would I use to treat a surface rust car frame? Still use a wire bush for for inital cleaning?

Asked by: AZbaer
Rust converter physically converts the rust prepping for your paint job on a very heavily rusted area. Fast etch is an acid based cleaner best used on surface rust or on areas that have pitting.
Answered by: Scott C
Date published: 2018-07-21

I have rust spots on my car roof. What order should I use your products and do I have to pre sand before applying? Car is white

Asked by: KAJA
If you just have rust spots and want to repaint the roof anyway you can simply just sand the rust off and then start priming.
Answered by: Scott C
Date published: 2018-09-06

what is the active ingredient

Asked by: bozobozo
It would be Glycol Ether EB.
Answered by: Scott C
Date published: 2018-09-11

I have a jeep wrangler TJ that has a rusty frame I am getting the rot removed and fixed. I was wondering what should I coat the inside of the frame with and what should I use for the for the surface rust on the outside of the frame.

Asked by: charile8989
Our Internal frame coating is the best bet for the inside of the frame and our Rust Encapsulator would be perfect after your repairs.
Answered by: Scott C
Date published: 2018-07-06

I am looking to use on a 1990 F-250. Doing the entire frame and underside. How much will I need?

Asked by: Bake
Each can will cover about 10 SQ FT
Answered by: Scott C
Date published: 2018-09-11

I see that RUST ENCAPSULATOR is good to 400 F. Is Rust Converter the same or was that a mistake on your part ? Is there any produce that I can use to paint over a rusted exhaust pipe to prolong its life. It is still solid metal, just a lot of surface. 

Asked by: Bill C
The converter is also rated to 400F. If you wish to prolong the life of our exhaust with the products we have you would have to use a rust dissolver first followed by any one of our Exhaust coatings.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2017-09-26

Can I use Rust Converter on a rusted exhust pipe on my truck, then after cure, top coat with Rustoleum high temperature paint for barbaque grills ? 

Asked by: Bill C
The rust converter is rated to about 400F. If you believe the area to be this temp or lower you would be fine to top coat with the paint of your choice.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2017-11-05

Which product do you recommend using to coat the inside of a frame? The frame is enclosed but there are several holes that could be used to spray into. I'm unable to prep it obviously. Just looking for something that will stop the rust.

Asked by: dapalong
The best product for rust inside the frame would be our internal frame coating.
Answered by: SWhitehurst
Date published: 2017-09-19

I have 65 ford f100 with rust over the windshield I was going to use rust converter then rust encapsulator and prime with epoxy primer is that ok . If not what primer can I use. thanks ihmc

Asked by: ihmc
You would want to use the Rust Converter, then apply your Epoxy primer, and your top coat. Rust Encapsulator is a non catalyzed coating, i would not recommend applying catalyzed products over top of it for durability reasons.
Answered by: KHoffnagle
Date published: 2017-09-14

Can rust converter be used to kill the rust that is between the panel seams, then the outer surface cleaned off and coated with rust encapsulator, and then top coated? I'd like to arrest any further damage in the panel seams before repainting.

Asked by: SuzukiTom
Converter shouldn't be applied between panels since you cannot tell if it is 100% rust. Our internal frame coating is a better product.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2018-05-15

What is the preferred method of stopping rust on a body panel, such as the area just above the windshield on an SUV. Is rust converter best or rust encapsulator better?

Asked by: DEH6500
Areas such as you are describing would be best to use the Encapsulator.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2017-08-30

After successfully converting the rust, what products can be applied to smooth the pitting and in what order? Thanks!

Asked by: Pommeree
You could us our Premium body filler and then follow up with a primer and paint of your choice.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2018-05-18

is there a shelf life?

Asked by: Hutto
This product is good for up to 2 years when left in a climate controlled area.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2017-05-26

Can I use this on the areas of my barbeque grill that will be exposed to the heat and the food during the cooking process

Asked by: Timh47
We do not recommend using any of our products on or near where food is cooked.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2017-05-09

I have a radiator support that needs treatment. My only concern is that I can only apply this product tomorrow, Thursday, but will not be able to paint it until Monday. I know bottle says let cure for 48 hours, but what happens if left curing until Mon?

Asked by: Jtown
A longer cure time is fine as long as the parts are left indoors and stay dry.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2018-01-05

Can epoxy primer be used over rust converter?

Asked by: Steve169
Epoxy can certainly be applied after converter.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2017-04-17

Can Fiberglass cloth be applied over the cured surface?

Asked by: DRM77
Fiberglass cloth can be applied over top of the cured surface.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2017-09-21

Does the converter come with a wand for accessing nooks and crannies?

Asked by: Rich42
There is not a wand available since you may accidentally cover over areas that are not 100% rust. Our internal frame coating is much better to use.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2017-02-06

I over-sprayed rust converter onto some bare metal areas and primed / painted areas while treating surface rust. What is best method of removal on those areas?

Asked by: Willie nelsonwillie
Our PRE paint prep or Acetone would work best.
Answered by: KHoffnagle
Date published: 2016-09-30

I have a knuckle (hub assembly). I got it from a junk yard and there is rust all over. What is the best method to clean it up? I am concerned that soaking it or blasting it will mess up the wheel bearing and ball joint.

Asked by: frankie5
Answered by: CBDB
Date published: 2016-08-13

When I use rust converter, after allowing it to dry, can I use the rubberized rust encapsulator directly over it?      (Being used on a rusted truck frame)

Asked by: Tommy1234
The Rust Encapsulator products can be used directly over the Rust Converter if severe rust is present.
Answered by: KHoffnagle
Date published: 2017-02-10

I used the converter on a section of rusted metal. It over-sprayed on some 2k primer. The primer is now sticky. Can I spray the Contour Primer over the sticky 2k or do I have to remove the 2k down to metal and start over?

Asked by: rick in sc
Rust converter has to be on 100% rust to work. All the areas where it sprayed over top of the primer it will never dry. You will have to remove the converter before moving on in these areas.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2017-05-30

Will this product work on the interior roof of car. Headliner will go over it or will heat from exterior roof be a problem. Thanks

Asked by: JimmyZ280
You can certainly use this on the inside of your car. Just make sure after the drying time to top coat with Encapsulator to protect your work.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2017-10-01

I want to undercoat the undercarriage of my jeep that has a decent amount of rust. Is this the best product for it? After using this product I would then spray over it with rustoleum.

Asked by: mw27
Unless the undercarriage is 100% sever rust I would instead recommend just following the directions on and using the Rust Encapsulator.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2016-01-28
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