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I want to do my bedroom and bathroom with a western theme. I have bought some rusty old coat hooks that I want to use in the bathroom to hang towels on. What can I put on them to keep the rusty look and make sure the rust doesn't come off on the wet towels?

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Amanda from NC

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October 6, 20080 found this helpful

Use a steel wool pad or wire brush and get as much rust off as possible. Get rust colored Rustoleum to prevent further rust and spray paint it on the hangers.

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October 8, 20080 found this helpful

If you want the natural rust look that they already have, scrape as much off as possible, then spray a clear krylon paint on them. I did that with a pot hanger for my kitchen. It still looks rusty, but it is sealed.

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By Nancy (Guest Post)
October 8, 20080 found this helpful

I have done this and I used any CLEAR spray that I could get. Make sure the surface is dust or particle free, and dry, and spray it with any brand as long as it is clear.

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I would give it a couple of coats and the rust will be preserved ( so to speak ). I have pieces that are still great looking 15 years later. Nancy Riverside, Ca.

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