I like to think of myself as a handy do-it-yourselfer. At an early age, I enjoyed making stuff out of wood and customizing my Tonka trucks. Once I started driving, I discovered the world of vehicle customization. As a result of this DIY attitude, paint was my primary weapon against old, worn out and boring things.
One of my oldest and best friends, Bob Lindow, was quick to nickname me the “King of Krylon” because of my love of spray paints. It didn’t matter that my preference was for Rust-Oleum paints, Bob likely found that the King of Krylon moniker rolled off the tongue better than anything else.
Bob always supported my annoying habit of saying “I could fix that with a little paint.” Even today, I’ll send him a picture of my next project with some paint ideas, and he always gives me honest feedback. Luckily, we think alike so the feedback encourages me to try the next crazy restoration.
The beauty of online forums and Facebook groups is that you connect with like-minded people. Within the last few months, I discovered a forum managed by Rust-Oleum whose intention is to connect hobbyists who use Rust-Oleum products with their automotive projects and more.
One year ago this month, Rust-Oleum launched Rusto Garage, a website built for the car lover. They want to help us find “our people:” those who love all things automotive. In doing so, they also ask the members to test the newest Rust-Oleum products, get our feedback, and hear about our upcoming projects and car care/customization wishes.
The Rusto Garage community is built by the team at Rust-Oleum, who has been creating quality and innovative products since 1921.
Members of the forum also have the chance to participate in challenges and win some awesome prizes (I recently received a bottle of Krud Kutter, a degreaser that removes the toughest stains and everyday messes that most “all-purpose” cleaners can’t touch – grime, grease, pet stains, and crayons. It even removes dried latex paint and permanent markers). Cool.
Who knew Rust-Oleum sold stuff other than paint? I didn’t, until I joined the forum. Since then, I have been searching the Rust-Oleum website to learn all of the wonderful products that support my DIY habit!
It’s been fun learning about the backgrounds of the other forum members, and some of the projects they are working on. One of those members, JJFerrero, has some mad skills and made the treehouse in the above picture. He also has a pretty cool garage in western New York that I hope to visit (or duplicate!) some day soon.
Check out JJ’s profile HERE to see some of his other projects.
I admire people like JJFerrero, and love to see the projects they tackle and what products they use. That is why I join groups like Rusto Garage (you should too!) and share my fun projects in the Repairs/Mods section of this website.
I’ve got a couple of fun projects coming up, and will share those details soon. I hope to nurture not only your automotive interests, but your creative ones as well.
Let me know what you are working on in the comments below.