Red Oxide Primer

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Carboxide Red Oxide Metal Primer is a traditional (Lead Free) high build solvent borne, air drying primer paint

  • Creates a protective rust inhibiting layer, ready for over coating.
  • Our red oxide primer is lead free and replaces traditional ‘red lead’.

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Carboxide Red Oxide Primer is a traditional (red lead free paint) solvent based, air drying primer which gives a smooth, protective surface to metal and wood. Our primer is a multi purpose, high build, rust inhibiting primer. Perfect for use on ferrous metal surfaces; also ideal for use on wood and other surfaces. With its rust inhibiting properties and because it is touch dry in 3 hours. It is a great, practical choice for steel and iron surfaces. Make sure the paint cures sufficiently before applying a top coat; see the technical information for more detail on this.

Apply by brush, roller or conventional or airless spray. If painting non ferrous or galvanised metal, use Mordant Solution or Etching Primer.  If you’re unsure about which primer to use, try our online chat or drop us an email: [email protected].

Carboxide primer is lead free and replaces the traditional ‘red lead’ with all the same protective qualities. Red lead  paint while not actually banned is harmful to health and is a much safer alternative. If you’re concerned about working with painted surfaces that may contain lead, refer to this guide from the British Coatings Federation


Also available in Black and Grey.

Colours Available: Grey, Red

Pack Sizes: 500ml, 1 Lire, 2.5 Litre, 5 Litre, 20 Litre

Coverage / Drying Times:

Surface Dry: 3 hours

Hard Dry: 8 hours

Overcoat: after 24 hours
Keep coated areas dry for a minimum of 24 hours following application.
Please note, drying times will be extended at low temperatures. Do not apply when ambient temperature falls below 10ºC

Theoretical Coverage: 12 – 14m² per litre.

Thinning and Cleaning use Palatine White Spirit. If using more than one batch of the same colour, intermix before use


Proper surface preparation is essential for the success of any protective coating system. Before you begin ensure the area is free from any dust, oil, grease, old coatings and surface contaminants.

For enhanced protection prime bare surfaces with Palatine Zinc Rich Cold Galvanising Primer or Palatine Metal Primer.
For non-ferrous metals use Palatine Fast Dry etching primer.
Rub down previously gloss painted surfaces with fine waterproof abrasive paper and rinse thoroughly.
Application: Best results are obtained in warm (minimum 10°C), dry conditions.

Mix thoroughly for approximately 2 minutes using a drill stirrer. A wooden batten at least 25mm wide is also ideal.
Apply an even coat using a brush, short to medium pile roller on smooth surfaces and a long pile roller.
For spray application by either airless or conventional spray a dilution ration of no more than 15% is recommended with Palatine White Spirit by volume.
For application onto wooden surfaces, a minimum of two coats is recommended.

Please note: The colours on the product listings are only given as a guide. This is due to the fact that every computer monitor has a different capability to display colours. In addition, everyone sees these colours differently. Sample pots are available to order upon request. Always carry out a test patch (approximately 100x100mm) before full application
to ensure compatibility with previous coatings and the substrate, and to ensure the colour achieved meets your requirements. Failure to do so will result in a product refund claim not being accepted.

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1 review for Red Oxide Primer

  1. peter woodcock (verified owner)

    hi,i have had a chance to start using the red oxide primer and i have found it to be easy to use,minimal odour,and goes on to the steel so easy.excellent product

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