Yesterday I finally finished grinding rust off of the old clawfoot tub, and got a coat of primer on it. I was a little surprised to see that the Anti-Rust enamel primer is fire engine red. I expected more of a dull brick red. This isn't the final color (we haven't decided yet what color it will be) but it will seal and protect the cast iron from further moisture damage. And it doesn't look half bad! Cary climbed up in the rafters to take this picture:
Here's a close up of me touching up the edges. The primer went on easily and formed a nice even finish. It was thick enough to cover over and smooth out some of the smaller dings and imperfections in the metal, but didn't cover up too much of the detail on the feet.
Note the discoloration of the porcelin - once the outside of the bathtub is finished I'll have to turn it over and start restoring the enamel on the inside. That will be a big job too, but for now I'm just happy that the grinding is done. :)