Rust is a relentless foe for all forms of steel and iron, but a new paint invention could spell the end for this oxidising curse

The final curtain for rust

by Andy Bryenton

Every classic vehicle ever built is stalked by an invisible enemy, no piece of heavy equipment on the farm can be locked up tight enough to evade this foe.

Sadly, during the years this arch-vandal has reduced millions (even billions) of dollars worth of precious metal to worthless junk.

We’re talking, of course, about rust. Neil Young famously said that the oxidising process never sleeps, but now there’s a new way to put it down for a permanent nap. Chemists working with anti-corrosion paint have struck upon a formula that does things differently, and now the fruits of their labour have reached New Zealand, in the form of Bill Hirsch Miracle Paint.

Mr Hirsch has put his name to a product, which may well be revolutionary, and has been brought here by Doug Hays of Dargaville Motorcycles and Powersports. Operating in the exact opposite way to normal paint; this formula doesn’t cure by evaporation but actually thrives on moisture.

When cured, the densely cross-bonded molecular structure forms a tough, chip proof protective coating that’s highly chemical-resistant and turns rusted metal ‘new again’. Smack it with a hammer or try to bend it — the paint remains as a tough outer shell. It goes on right over clean rust, converting it to part of the structure.

That makes miracle paint perfect for restoring car chassis or motorcycle frames, and for applications where moisture and chemicals (like sea salt and chemicals from cut grass) can attack steel. Then again, it’s also possible to coat concrete, fibreglass and many other surfaces for a non-porous layer of protection, rust notwithstanding. Due to the way it cures, miracle paint requires a top coat if it’s to face direct sunlight. If you have machinery, vehicles or tools, which you need to protect, this may be the answer. Two coats and rust has no way in!