Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush)

We no longer stock this product; you can find other all-surface paints and coatings here or you can contact our technical team on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or send a message to [email protected] where we will be happy to find an alternative product.



Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) is an advanced brush-applied paint and primer in one, designed for direct application to many surfaces.

Recommended Uses

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Plastics, including uPVC
  • Ceramics
  • Brick
  • Vinyl

For non-ferrous and galvanised metal, prime first with Universal Special Metals Primer.

For stain blocking, prime first with Universal Stain Block Primer.

See our extensive FAQ tab above for answers to questions such as suitability for caravans and for use on plastics.

Product Details

Data sheet

Brush, Roller

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 Victoria on 2021-01-19 20:55:37

Can I use this on bathroom floor tiles? I have read that it works for this but some answers in these FAQs say it's not suitable. Why not? What paint can I use to change my current white tiles to matt black? Thank you.


We no longer stock this product, assuming the tiles are glazed, clean, dry, sound and prepared as detailed in the Technical Data Sheet we can recommend Protectakote Clear Primer Treatment followed by Smartkote Safekote.

This is a bare foot friendly floor paint available in a range of colours in a semi-gloss finish.

questions Louise on 2020-04-08 10:42:37

Can I use Rust-Oleum Universal Metal And All Surface Paint, for tiles behind a stove? Is it heat resistant?


This product is now discontinued, for painting around a stove or fireplace please see our detailed blog post Painting the Walls around a Fireplace or Multi Fuel Stove for application details and products.

questions Gareth on 2019-10-01 14:38:55

Would this be suitable to paint over a marble surround and hearth with additional primer. It’s around a gas fire not a wood burner. Thanks


Please see information regarding painting around fireplaces on our blog post: Painting the Walls around a Fireplace or Multi Fuel Stove

questions Dee on 2019-09-28 18:47:03

I have successfully painted a composite exterior door using Universal paint. I now wish to repaint it, how should I prep the surface please?


Clean and lightly abrade to provide an adequate key.

questions Nina on 2019-08-27 16:26:02

Hi, Please could you tell me what is the clean up with this product, is it soap and water? Thanks


No, White Spirit.

questions Nicola on 2019-05-21 19:50:58

We have painted our front door (metal) and prepared and let dry for the recommended time, however it is now sticking badly to the weather sealant around the door frame, especially as weather getting warmer. What can we do?


There could be a plasticiser in the weather seal which is affecting the paint. You could try wiping the seal with white spirits to remove any plasticiser from the surface, keep the door away from the seal while the white spirit evaporates. Apart from that we're not sure what to suggest to keep the 2 surfaces apart. All we can think of is a clear water based varnish, just a thin strip along the painted surface where the seal touches the paint. It is possible the seal could also affect the varnish. We would try the white spirit first.

questions yvonne on 2018-11-13 20:28:29

I have some white bedroom furniture which has gone very yellow. I think it's melamine. Is rustoleum universal suitable?


Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) will also eventually yellow over time, a water based product will stay whiter for longer. Best options would be 1 coat Zinsser B-I-N followed by 2 coats of Zinsser AllCoat Exterior (Water Based). The B-I-N should stop any bleed through of the yellowing from the melamine and give good adhesion.

questions Josephine Kelly on 2018-09-29 22:17:33

Could you let me know is Universal all Surface paint suitable for bathroom tiles.


Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) can be used directly on wall (not floor) tiles, in areas that are not subject to frequent water contact (i.e. in a shower enclosure).

questions corina on 2018-09-13 10:12:31

What about laminate kitchen worktops please?


For worktops we would instead recommend Rust-Oleum Worktop Transformation Kit.

questions Ann on 2018-08-31 11:39:10

Do you sell a 750 ml rust oleum universal all surface paint in navy blue. I have tried several shops including On-line sellers and can only find 250 ml containers. I am based in the UK. Many thanks Ann


We don't but we do offer Rust-Oleum CombiColor Multi-Surface in RAL 5010 Gentian Blue in 750ml tins.

questions Ann on 2018-08-27 05:53:47

Can the product be used on Hammerite paint?


This should be OK, Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) won’t react with the Hammerite and it will adhere quite well. Abrade the surface first with a fine grade of sandpaper, then apply the Universal.

questions Tony on 2018-06-21 09:06:44

Will it go over a varnish?


Yes, clean and abrade to provide a key before application. After preparation, check adhesion in a small area first before application.

questions Martin on 2018-06-19 23:55:10

If i used this paint on a flat communal stone hall walls is their any fire regulation issues?


Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) has not been tested to any fire tests. If there is a requirement for the wall areas to be painted with a fire rated product then this product should not be used.

You should check with the relevant authority managing the building before painting any communal areas and if a level of fire protection is required, advise our Technical Department and we can provide a suitable system.

questions Stacey on 2018-06-07 17:48:56

Could I use this to paint wooden stairs? What sort of finish does the paint have once dried please?


No, Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) is not a floor paint, it will not be durable and will mark easily. Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint is available in the Rust-Oleum range. Otherwise Blackfriar Professional Acrylic Floor Paint or Blackfriar Professional Polyurethane Floor Paint could be used.

Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint is matt, Blackfriar Professional Acrylic Floor Paint is semi gloss and Blackfriar Professional Polyurethane Floor Paint is shinier than the acrylic which could make it a slip hazard on stairs.

questions Raymond on 2018-05-12 07:51:21

Is the All-Surface Paint suitable to use on the exterior of a caravan?


Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) could be used, 2 coats would be recommended. A longer lasting product would be the Zinsser AllCoat Exterior (Water Based). Surfaces must be clean and any organic growth treated with a suitable mould killer. Surface can be given a light abrade with a fine grade of sandpaper then either product applied.

questions Sheila Parkes on 2018-05-02 16:27:45

I have purchased All Surface paint in misty grey (satin finish) this is a bit to dark for my small cloakroom tiles. Can I purchase a sample size tin of white to add to this to lighten the misty grey paint?


The paints will be compatible however it can be risky mixing colours with white, sometimes they won’t mix in completely and you get a sort of separation when you apply the paint. If you want to try it would be at your own risk and unfortunately we do not offer 'sample' sizes.

questions Natasha on 2018-04-13 14:33:59

Can I use this to paint an external brick wall? I am looking to create an outside wall mural. Thank you


Yes, however we would recommend sealing surfaces to be painted first with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3.

questions Ian Ladkin on 2018-04-09 12:34:18

I have used Rust-oleum all surface paint before with great results. I need to paint exterior window frames in dark grey to match new exterior doors, but dark grey (which I already have) is not dark enough. I thought about mixing with black to try to get a better match, but would prefer a satin finish, but dark grey does not seem to be available in satin. My question is, will satin paint mix OK with gloss to give a 'toned-down' gloss finish? Hope you can help. Thank you.


For a simpler solution here we would recommend using instead Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Satin (Water Based). This is available in most RAL, BS and NCS colours and comes in the satin finish you require.

questions Shirley on 2018-04-03 18:34:03

Can I paint aluminium garden furniture with Universal all purpose spray paint?


Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) can go directly onto bare aluminium, if it has some kind of previous coating on it should still be OK to use. Normal preparation, i.e. clean, remove loose material, treat any mould etc.

questions Jessica Bailey on 2018-03-11 17:14:57

Is this paint suitable for painting upvc doors?


Yes Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) is suitable for most plastics and this would include uPVC. If they are weathered a good wash down will be suitable preparation, then apply 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush).

questions Fran on 2018-03-09 22:36:09

Can i paint cement outside ornaments with gloss. Will it be frost/rain proof. Can i paint onto cement


Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) is suitable for masonry surfaces and therefore it will be OK for cement however we would suggest priming with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 first to seal the surface. This will give Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) better coverage and adhesion.

Another option would be to use the Zinsser AllCoat Exterior GlossThis could go straight onto the cement, 2 coats. Both systems will be frost proof and water resistant however the AllCoat would give a higher level of performance, we would expect it to last longer.

questions M Rs m gray on 2018-02-26 15:06:42

Are any of these paints suitable for ceramic floor tiles


Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) CANNOT be used on floors, however Smartkote Safekote with Smartkote Protectakote Clear Primer Treatment may be suitable. Carry out adhesion tests before use to ascertain suitability.

questions Derek on 2018-02-19 03:35:49

Idoes this paint conform with EN 71, toy safe?


Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Paint (Brush) has not been tested to Toy Safety Standards.

questions Monique on 2018-01-29 02:37:58

Could this paint be used on finished cupboards/cabinets? Any need to sand or prime first?


Assuming by finished you mean a melamine surface - Yes, Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Paint (Brush) could be applied directly to clean melamine surfaces and will provide a reasonably durable finish.

For a tougher coating, priming with Zinsser B-I-N then top coating with Zinsser Perma-White Interior (tinted to your colour of choice) would be a better option.

questions Phil Crowther on 2018-01-28 12:23:00

I have a shower with a raised tray, the gap between the tray and floor is filled with a plastic panel. This panel has yellowed a little over time and its colour no longer matches the still very white shower tray. I can not get a replacement for the olastic panel and am now thinking of painting it. Would the "Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush)" in White Gloss or White Satin be a suitable product?


We assume this panel is on the outside of the shower and will only get the odd splash of water. We would not recommend any of our products for the interior of a shower enclosure.

Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) white paint will yellow over time and therefore may not be suitable. Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Gloss or Satin (Water Based) could be used instead. These are both non yellowing coatings and can be applied directly to the clean prepared surface.

Wash down to take off any soap residues, lightly abrade with a fine grade of sandpaper then apply 2 coats of either AllCoat product.

questions hilda on 2018-01-26 14:16:00

Does this paint give good results on kitchen tiles and can it go next to the electric cooker?


Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) can be used on kitchen wall tiles. It will also be safe next to a cooker however any splashes of cooking fats and oils are likely to mark the coating. They should be wiped off immediately using a soft damp cloth. Do not use strong cleaning materials on the paint as they will damage the paint. Surfaces must be clean and free from kitchen grease etc. The Universal can then be applied directly to the tiles.

questions Noelle Byrnes on 2018-01-14 19:03:17
Question: Hi. Can I use this on a pine floor? I want to paint over varnish and I want a sheen on the floor but the chalk paint is matt. Or is there a top coat that I can put on the chalk paint to make it glossy? Thanks, Noelle.

Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) CANNOT be used on floors, it is not durable enough and will cause issues with the floor.

Blackfriar Professional Acrylic Floor Paint would be an option, it does have a sheen and is available in nearly all RAL, BS or NCS colours.

Abrade the varnish surface with a fine grade of sandpaper then apply 2 coats of Blackfriar Professional Acrylic Floor Paint directly. It is not advisable to apply a clear varnish over Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint, as a varnish may not adhere.

questions Shelley Daniels on 2017-11-03 11:09:40
Question: Can I use Rustoleum All-Surface Paint on a gas fire metal trim and front grate? Thank you

These products would not be recommended for use for this application and we do not have anything that would be.

questions Elaine on 2017-10-20 17:56:04
Question: Hi. Do these colours mix? I would like a paler version of the thyme and more matt. Could I achieve this by mixing it with the appropriate amount of white matt? Thanks,

The paints will be compatible however it can be risky mixing colours with white, sometimes they won’t mix in completely and you get a sort of separation when you apply the paint. If you want to try it would be at your own risk.

questions Elaine on 2017-10-20 17:52:49
Question: Hi. I want to paint some bamboo effect plastic screening to hide an ugly fence outside. I want to use your duck egg in satin (unless it comes in matt, which would be even better.) The coat doesn't have to be thick or even as climbers will cover most of it, but I want a hint of the duckegg showing between the plants. The total area of screening would be 20m by 2m, so quite a big job. Is this paint suitable, would it just need one coat and could I thin it to give more of a wash effect, if need be?

We have taken a look at the link but it doesn’t say what type of plastic the screens are made of. Assuming it is uPVC or similar the Universal Brush product may be OK to go straight on. It may be worth doing a test to see if it goes on OK.

Thinning it down to put a wash coat on may not be such a good idea, a thin layer is not going to last very long when exposed to the weather. You also ask how many coats should be applied, we would recommend 2 for best performance, this will obviously give a solid colour and not a wash effect.

questions Gary Holder on 2017-09-17 19:15:01
Question: I have applied Rustoleum All Surface paint Dark Grey Gloss paint using a small foam roller to some new laminate cupboard doors. I followed instructions and made sure the surfaces were clean and dry before painting. The surfaces have dried covered with small air bubbles. I'm not sure why this happened and how to remedy the situation. I have used foam rollers with satin paint on mdf in the past and have had excellent results. Please help.

This will be due to a reaction between the foam roller and the paint. There are a number of factors which can cause this and several different options for reducing and eliminating them.

A short pile mohair type roller may eliminate the small bubbles. If you see these bubbles when you are applying any paint you can lay off with a brush while the paint is still wet to eliminate them. A very small addition of white spirit to the paint to thin it down may also help when using a foam roller.

The bubbles will need to be sanded back to remove them then reapply the product following the above guidance.

questions Asif Khan on 2017-09-13 11:27:01
Question: I have a wooden ceiling in the Kitchen, can I use this paint and could it withstand the environment of the Kitchen? Can I use Rustoleum all purpose on MDF on Bath side panels? Colour is white Thanks Asif

Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) could be used for both applications however you haven't said if there is a coating on either surface already.

If there is a previous coating then the Universal can go straight on provided surfaces are clean, if bare then a primer would be recommended although not essential. By priming the surface you will get better coverage and performance in these 2 environments. Zinsser B-I-N for the kitchen and Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 for the MDF in the bathroom.

Note: The Universal will yellow with age and a more suitable, non-yellowing product would be Zinsser Perma-White Interior. This product is suitable for use in bathrooms and kitchens however it is not available in gloss.

questions Paul on 2017-06-16 10:10:19
Question: Can this product be used on a uPVC door overhang?

Yes Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) is suitable for most plastics and this would include uPVC.

If it is weathered a good wash down will be suitable preparation, then apply 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush).

questions Abi on 2017-06-04 04:58:02
Question: Could I use this as a primer for other paints?

No, you'd be better choosing a dedicated primer for your substrate. If you're unsure of what to use, speak to our Technical Department on 0113 2455450.

questions BJ on 2017-05-23 10:17:59
Question: Is it possible to spray this product with my 'Wagner 565' spray kit, applying to laminate cupboards and countertop?

No. Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) would be suitable for the cupboard doors but not countertops. For countertops Rust-Oleum Worktop Transformation Kit must be used. Both products are designed to be applied by brush/roller and leave good finishes.

questions Jill on 2017-02-05 12:34:02
Question:  Can I use this to cover my shower base? I have tried recommended shower base paint with little effect.

No this would not be suitable, the only product we would offer for this type of application would be Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit.

questions Paul on 2016-12-15 21:00:09
Question: I am looking for a range of colours for painting toys that are safe for children. I particularly am look for a range of blues

At the time of writing this response we offer the following products that are certified as “Toy Safe”, subject to Toy Standard Testing: BS EN 71-3: 2013 + A1:2014, Migration of Certain Elements.

  • Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Craft Enamel (Spray)
  • Rust-Oleum Painters Touch (Brush)
  • Rust-Oleum Painters Touch (Small Brush Pot)
  • Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint
  • Rust-Oleum Gloss Finish Furniture Paint
  • Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer
  • Rust-Oleum Metallic (Brush)
  • Rust-Oleum Glitter (Rainbow Spray)
  • Rust-Oleum Glitter (Brush)
  • Rust-Oleum Glow in the Dark (Brush)
  • Rust-Oleum Neon (Brush)
  • Rust-Oleum Neon (Spray)
  • Rust-Oleum Flexible Fabric Paint
  • Rust-Oleum Surface Primer (150ml)
  • Rust-Oleum Clear Sealer (Brush)
questions Carole on 2016-09-13 22:17:14
Question: Is this paint heat resistant and can it be used to paint a wooden fire surround?

Yes the Universal can be used for this application, it will take this level of heat but if you chose a light colour it will yellow with age quite quickly. A water based product like Zinsser Perma-White Interior would give a non yellowing finish.

questions Greg on 2016-08-11 12:38:33
Question: I just used this paint on the linoneum floor and vinyl floor tiles. Have I used the wrong product? i.e. fire resistance / traction. If so what can I do to remedy this? Remove ? Apply another product directly over the top? It looked pretty good finish to me - but someone was complaining about it from the fire resistance angle..

Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) is not for use on floors and offer no level of fire protection or slip resistance. We do not offer any floor coatings that can be used on linoleum or vinyl tiles so cannot offer an alternative.

questions Shirley Pearson on 2016-08-02 14:11:59
Question: Can I use Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint to paint my fridge?

The best product for this application would be the Rust-Oleum Appliance Enamel which is available in White or Stainless Steel colours.

Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) will probably be OK but if you choose to use this instead of the Appliance Enamel we would recommend trying a test area first to see if it dries OK.

questions sarah on 2016-08-01 21:11:39
Question: is this suitable for formica kitchen work surfaces?

No, the only product we offer for formica worktops is the Rust-Oleum Worktop Transformation Kit available in Galaxy Black or Diamond White. Kitchen worktops are a very abrasive environment, specialist paints are required to withstand this sort of treatment.

questions Emma on 2016-07-22 10:42:38
Question: Do I need to use a top coat or varnish to weatherproof painted items that will be outside?
Answer: Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint is suitable for exterior use and does not require a protective top coat. An additional coat of the Universal paint will give extended durability due to the thicker paint layer applied.
questions stuart DuHeaume on 2016-07-13 09:43:44
Question:  hi would i be able to apply Rust-Oleum to the paint surface of my van roof . regards stuart
Answer: Yes.
questions Kim on 2016-01-22 12:23:54

I used Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) to paint wooden furniture, including the top of a coffee table. Do I need to finish these with varnish?


You can use Rust-Oleum Clear Sealer (Brush) or Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear to seal, protect and enhance the items you've painted.

questions Gail on 2015-10-20 16:48:35

Can Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) be used on melamine furniture?



questions Heather Anderson on 2015-10-19 19:17:25

Hi, can you use Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) on a laminate worktop?


No, although it would adhere to the laminate it would not be able to withstand worktop uses. We recommend Rust-Oleum Worktop Transformation Kit.

questions Sue kershaw on 2015-06-27 11:57:10

Is Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush) suitable for painting old tyres to be used as a seat?


No, being solvent based it is likely to dissolve compounds in the rubber causing staining to come through the paint. The best solution would be to try priming with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 then finish with Rust-Oleum Painters Touch (Brush).

questions Karen Oxborough on 2015-06-08 07:57:37

Can I use Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Paint for an exterior porch and step?


Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint can be used internally and externally so will be fine to use on your porch but it is not intended for floors where it will receive foot traffic so it isn't going to be suitable for your step. You can take a look at our floor paints and choose a suitable product, something like Blackfriar Anti-Slip Step Paint would be ideal.

questions Barbara Thomas on 2015-05-27 14:51:32

I want a paint for a plastic garden shed. Is Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Paint suitable?


Yes, Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Paint would be ideal for the job. Simply clean down the plastic surface and lightly abrade with a fine grit sandpaper to remove any shine, then apply Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Paint in the chosen colour.


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