Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoat


Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoat is the number 1 industrial paint aerosol, a top quality high performance topcoat available in 45 RAL colours for use on on bare metal, wood and concrete.

  • Fast drying - touch dry in just 15 minutes (at 20°C)
  • Best available hiding power
  • Heat-resistant up to 100°C
  • Based on lead and chromate-free pigments
  • Up to 2.5 m² coverage per spray can at 25 μm dry
  • Please note RAL 7016 is Temporarily Unavailable

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Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoat is the number 1 industrial paint aerosol, a top quality high performance topcoat for use on bare metal, wood and concrete that is ready to handle after just 30 minutes (at 20°C).

Heat-resistant up to 100°C, Hard Hat Topcoat aerosols are available in 45 RAL colours and can cover up to 2.5 m² per spray can (at 25 μm dry). Recommended for small jobs, spot touch-up and general maintainence, Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoat should be applied over Rust-Oleum Hard Hat 2169/2182 Anti-Rust Primer, or properly prepared painted substrates, and used in light industrial exposures, normal humidity and interior applications.

Available colours - Choose "Black" and "White" for satin and matt finishes; all other colours, including RAL9005 Black and RAL9010 White, are available in gloss.

Features & Benefits

  • Convenient spray can topcoat for small maintenance jobs or for touch-up
  • Fast drying short oil soya alkyd - ready to handle in just 30 minutes (at 20°C)
  • Available in 45 RAL colours
    • Matt & satin finishes available in black and white
    • Other colours (including RAL9005 Black and RAL9010 White) available in gloss
  • Best available hiding power
  • Heat-resistant up to 100°C
  • Based on lead and chromate-free pigments
  • Up to 2.5 m² coverage per spray can at 25 μm dry
  • See below for more detailed drying times and technical data

Gloss Level: Gloss
Propellant: Dimethyl ether
Heat Resistance: 100°C (dry heat), above 65°C discoloration may occur

Touch dry: 15 minutes
Dry to handle: 30 minutes
Dry to recoat: Within 1 hour or after 48 hours
Fully cured: 7 days

Recommended Wet Film Thickness

100 μm

Recommended Dry Film Thickness

25 μm

Theoretical Consumption

2.5 m² per spray can at 25 μm dry

Practical Consumption

Practical coverage depends on many factors such as porosity and roughness of the substrate and material losses during application.

Surface Preparation

Remove dirt, grease, oil, loose rust and all other surface contaminants by appropriate means. Prime or spot prime with the recommended RUST-OLEUM Primers. Sand intact coatings to provide a proper key for adhesion. The surface must be clean and dry during application.

Application Conditions

For good results the relative humidity shall be below 85% and the temperature of the can above and substrate 0°C.

Remove cover cap. Shake vigorously for at least one minute after the rattle of mixing ball is heard. Shake frequently during use. Hold can approx. 25 cm from surface. Use back and forth motion keeping can parallel with surface. Ensure that can is in motion when spray button is pressed to avoid runs and sags. Apply several thin layers at a few minutes interval to achieve adequate coating thickness. After use turn can upside down and press spray button for 2 - 3 seconds to clean valve.


Bright topcoats may need a light coloured primer/intermediate coat.

Safety Data

  • VOC level: 640 - 650 g/l

Product Details

Data sheet

For Use By
Industrial Use
For Use By
Professional Use
For Use By
General Use
Interior / Exterior Use
Interior & Exterior
Water / Solvent Based
Single, Two or Three Pack
Dry to Handle (at 20°C)
30 mins
2.5 m² per spray can at 25 μm dry (3-4m² per can)
640 - 650 g/l
Touch Dry
15 mins
Recommended Dry Film Thickness
25 μm
Recommended Wet Film Thickness
100 μm
UN Number
UN 1950
Product Type
Fastest Delivery
Next Working Day

Customer agrees that before placing an Order, Customer has read and understood the most up to date Product Data Sheet for the Product. Where we have access to the Product Data Sheet from the manufacturer, we will either provide a copy on request, or include a link to the Product Data Sheet available on the manufacturer’s website. Customer further agrees that we have no liability for any errors or omissions contained within the Product Data Sheets. For more information, please see our Terms & Conditions of Sale.

questions Frank Rinckhout on 2021-02-03 19:09:37

I want to spray the engine bars bright red on my motorbike to add a little panache, would this paint be suitable?


Assuming the bars are steel, not exposed to temperatures over 100°C, clean, dry, sound and prepared as detailed in the Technical Data Sheet it could be used.

If the bars are bare steel we can recommend priming with Rust-Oleum Hard Hat 2169/2182 Anti-Rust Primer, for other hard to adhere to surfaces such as stainless steel we can recommend Rust-Oleum Hard Hat 2102 Adhesion Primer.

questions Nicola on 2020-05-02 13:46:35

Hello - I have removed paint from old shutter hinges and the shutter bar back to cast iron. What would you recommend me to use? Hard hat or universal? Is a primer needed? Is a top coat needed? Thanks Nicola


Assuming you require something in aerosol form, we would suggest Rust-Oleum Hard Hat 2169/2182 Anti-Rust Primer followed by Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoat.

questions Karl on 2019-04-23 19:03:30

I have just painted a new hardwood door and frame with zinsser primer, and 2 coats of all coat satin. I dont like the roller finish and wood like to get it smoother. Can i over spray with aerosol. And do you make a satin finish


Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Aerosol Topcoats are not designed for this type of decorative application, are not available in satin and would not 'smooth' out brush/roller marks already in the existing paint.

questions Nick Marshall on 2019-02-20 11:57:51

are the high perf topcoats suitable for standard radiators?


Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoats are heat resistant up to 100°C (dry heat), above 65°C discoloration may occur.

questions Bob on 2018-10-06 23:59:31

Hi, I’m restoring a cider press whose paint has chips and cracks. Is this product food safe? Thanks.


Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoat has not been tested for such use, as it is intended primarily as an industrial coating, it has not been submitted for such approval.

questions Richard Martin on 2018-09-12 12:17:57

I have just purchased 10 external security lights which are in black aluminium. I would like to change the colour to match my sandstone walls. Will this paint bond and not peel off the aluminium lights? Will it be ok?


Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoat will bond after thorough degrease / rinse / dry to leave a perfectly clean surface. Then apply Rust-Oleum Hard Hat 2102 Adhesion Primer followed by Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoat in required shade as per PDS info. No temperature duties above 80°C (slight discolouration may occur at prolonged exposure to temperatures above 40°C).

questions Jan on 2018-06-29 13:11:02

Are the Rust-oleum spray paints suitable for external garage doors? The corrugations make them hard to paint and I though a spray application would be easier and more effective


Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Paint would be better suited to this application.

questions Hazel  on 2016-09-28 13:56:47
Question: I have a garden table and two chairs which are a bit rusty so I'm going to sand the metal and then would like to change their colour to your oyster white. Do I need a primer and is your paint finish gloss or Matt? Will it protect from corrosion?

After preparation of the table and chairs you should prime first with Rust-Oleum Hard Hat 2169/2182 Anti-Rust PrimerRust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoat in RAL 1013 Oyster White is a gloss finish.

questions Jason Morrissey on 2016-04-09 17:08:15
Question: Can I use a clear coat on top of the Hard Hat Top Coat once it is dry ?
questions alan oldfield on 2015-06-21 14:05:25

Are Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoats acrylic based or synthetic oil based?


Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoat aerosols are based on fast drying, short oil soya alkyd and use lead and chromate free pigments.

questions Susan on 2015-06-06 05:08:10

Hello Can you tell me if Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoat would be suitable for a metal curtain pole?


Yes it would. If the curtain pole is already coated with something then lightly sand, clean and apply Rust-Oleum Hard Hat Topcoat. If the curtain pole is bare metal we would advise using Rust-Oleum 3302 CombiPrimer Adhesion first to ensure good adhesion.


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