Rust Activator Solution Artisan Range from Craig & Rose


Rust Activator creates the look of rusted iron, when applied over the top of Craig & Rose Artisan Rust Effect.

The look is perfect for feature walls to make a statement but it can also be used on other surfaces such as home accessories. This is a two-step system using the Rust Effect and the Rust Activator Solution and provides an achievable way to create a stylish industrial feel in any home. Our Rust effect is now conveniently available in a 2.5L tin as well as 125ml, 250ml, and 750ml. 


  • Craig & Rose Artisan Rust Effect base paint
  • Craig & Rose Rust Effect Activator
  • Quality masking tape
  • A paint stirrer
  • A dust sheet
  • Dust mask and goggles
  • 2 paint brushes (1 wide, 1 normal)


  • It is advisable to read the entire paint label, prior to starting your project. Surface preparation advice is provided on the labels.
  • The surface you are painting must be clean, dry and free from dust, oils, and grease.
  • Mask off the area with painter’s tape – ensuring you protect the areas where you don’t want any paint.
  • Practice your application technique on a spare piece of board.
  • Stir the paint well with a paint stirrer using an up and down, scooping action.  Scrape the bottom of the can to ensure the particles are evenly distributed.
  • Pour the paint into a separate tub


  • Brush around the edges of the wall
  • Apply the first two coats of Craig & Rose Artisan Rust Effect with a wide brush.
  • Rust effect works best when applied in random brush strokes.
  • Allow the first coat to dry and then apply a second coat of Rust Effect using the same method.
  • Let the surface dry for 12 hours.
  • The next step is to apply the Rust Activator Solution.  Wear a mask and goggles for this stage.
  • Pour the Rust Activator Solution into a separate tub.
  • Using a brush, apply 2 coats of Craig & Rose Artisan Rust Activator over the dry Rust Effect.
  • The effect will begin to develop immediately and will continue developing.  
  • If you wish, you can seal the surface to ensure no residue comes away from the wall by using Craig & Rose Furniture and Effect Wax


  • Do not roll or spray, use brushed for this effect.
  • On exterior surfaces, the rust effect will continue to develop over time.
  • Please note that if you chose to use a wax to seal the wall after application, this will change the finished effect.


  • On exterior surfaces the rust effect will continue to develop over time.
  • Rust residue may rub off when touched.
  • Rust run-off may stain adjacent surfaces. To avoid rub-off and run-off, apply a clear sealer. Note that a clear coat will change the appearance of the rust effect.
  • Clean brushes and equipment with warm soapy water.