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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Product Description

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

It is your responsibility to read the Product Data Sheets (available below) before you place an order and prior to application of the product. The content of this website is our best recommendation and is not advice. Coverage rates quoted are approximate, you agree that coverage depends on the condition of the substrate, surface absorption, texture and application method. We ALWAYS recommend a trial area is coated to ensure the product meets your requirements before use.

Technical Data

ApplicationBrush, Roller
The figures stated above are approximate. Please ensure you refer to all datasheets for full application information.


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 Monique on 29/01/2018

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 28/01/2018

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 26/01/2018

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 14/01/2018
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?

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 03/11/2017
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 20/10/2017
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?

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 20/10/2017
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 17/09/2017
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 13/09/2017
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


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 16/06/2017
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 04/06/2017
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 23/05/2017
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 05/02/2017
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 15/12/2016
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 13/09/2016
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 11/08/2016
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 02/08/2016
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 01/08/2016
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 22/07/2016
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 13/07/2016
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 22/01/2016

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 20/10/2015

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



questions Heather Anderson on 19/10/2015

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 27/06/2015

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 08/06/2015

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 27/05/2015

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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