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Captain Robert Ferguson


There's a high-seas adventure story behind the creation of Rust-Oleum® coatings. A Scottish born sea captain, Robert Fergusson, noticed that when raw fish oil spilled on rusty metal decks, corrosion stopped spreading.

This observation inspired the Captain to create the world's first rust preventive paint. But it wasn't easy. After settling in New Orleans, Captain Fergusson spent years of painstaking (and smelly) research in an attempt to formulate a fish oil based paint.

Finally, in 1921, the Captain got a whiff of the sweet smell of success. He perfected a paint that stopped rust, dried overnight and left no lingering aroma. Rust-Oleum Corporation was born.

Today, Rust-Oleum Corporation, backed by the resources of our parent company, RPM, Inc., is a worldwide leader in protective paints and coatings for both home and industry. Besides our famous rust-fighting paints, our products range from decorative American Accents ® paints to durable industrial roof repair coatings.

After 75 years, Captain Fergusson's spirit of innovation, determination and commitment to quality lives on at Rust-Oleum. And if you want proof, just surf our site.


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