Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint (Brush)

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An advanced brush-applied version of the market leading Universal All Surface Paint that is topcoat and primer in one, designed for direct application to many surfaces.

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

Can be applied directly to wood, metal, plastics, ceramics and more.


  • Available in 27 colours/finishes
  • Durable formula for interior and exterior surfaces
  • For non-ferrous and galvanised metal, prime first with Universal Special Metals Primer
  • For stain blocking, particularly nicotine and tannin bleed, prime first with Universal Stain Block Primer

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Can I use Rustoleum All-Surface Paint on a gas fire metal trim and front grate? Thank you

Shelley Daniels from Accrington (England) - 03/11/17


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

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,

Elaine from Liverpool (UK) - 20/10/17

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.

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? https://www.primrose.co.uk/40m-20m-split-bamboo-artificial-screening-papillon-p-23902.html?cPath=318_2315_12370

Elaine from Liverpool (UK) - 20/10/17

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.

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.

Gary Holder from London (UK) - 17/09/17

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.

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 whiteThanks Asif

Asif Khan from Manchester (United Kingdom) - 13/09/17

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.

Can this product be used on a uPVC door overhang?

Paul from Exeter (UK) - 16/06/17

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).

Could I use this as a primer for other paints?

Abi from Bristol (UK) - 04/06/17

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.

Is it possible to spray this product with my 'Wagner 565' spray kit, applying to laminate cupboards and countertop?

BJ from London (United Kingdom) - 23/05/17

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.

Can I use this to cover my shower base? I have tried recommended shower base paint with little effect.

Jill from Glasgow (Scotland) - 05/02/17

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.

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

Paul from Southampton (England) - 15/12/16

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.

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  • Rust-Oleum Neon (Spray)
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  • Rust-Oleum Surface Primer (150ml)
  • Rust-Oleum Clear Sealer (Brush)

Is this paint heat resistant and can it be used to paint a wooden fire surround?

Carole from Lockerbie (United Kingdom) - 13/09/16

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.

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..

Greg from Hertfordshire (England) - 11/08/16

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.

Can I use Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Paint to paint my fridge?

Shirley Pearson from Great Doddington (UK) - 02/08/16

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.

is this suitable for formica kitchen work surfaces?

sarah from wickford (uk) - 01/08/16

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.

Do I need to use a top coat or varnish to weatherproof painted items that will be outside?

Emma from London (UK) - 22/07/16

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.

hi would i be able to apply Rust-Oleum to the paint surface of my van roof . regards stuart

stuart DuHeaume from Taunton Somerset (Great Britain ) - 13/07/16


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?

Kim from Salisbury (England) - 22/01/16

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

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

Gail from Holsworthy (Britain ) - 20/10/15


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

Heather Anderson from Prestwick (Scotland) - 19/10/15

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

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

Sue kershaw from stockport (england) - 27/06/15

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).

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

Karen Oxborough from London (UK) - 08/06/15

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.

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

Barbara Thomas from Hythe (UK) - 27/05/15

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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