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In 1924 Sidney Rustin opened his first shop in London's Shoreditch district where he sold wood finishing products to local residents and trades people.
Sidney's father was a cabinetmaker and his mother funded the business venture with £50. During the second world war the first night raid destroyed the original 1932 factory and the business moved to its present location in Cricklewood, London.

Ronnie Rustin, Sidney's son, took over the business and ran it until his death in 2008. He drove the growth of Rustin's to be one of the best brands in the industry with focus on wood finishing products, specialty paints and decorating sundries. Rustin's products sell throughout the UK to home DIY enthusiasts and professionals who want quality and innovative products.

Rustins also exports to more than 20 countries.

Rustins formulated its Strypit paint remover in 1947 and demand remains high. Rustins was the first manufacturer of Danish Oil which remains a famous and popular product.

In 2004 a fire from a nearby warehouse spread out of control and destroyed the Rustin's warehouse and six other properties. Production ceased briefly while we rented a new warehouse. We built a new state-of-the-art warehouse adjacent to our manufacturing site. During this time the passion and commitment of our employees for Rustin's shined through as we replenished stocks to service our customers.

Today Rustins continues its research and development efforts on its core markets of wood finishing, specialty paint and decorating. We continually bring to market product offerings with advances in environmentally aware products, more durable finishes and a wide range of products to meet our growing international customer needs.

We have a management team dedicated to innovative products and superlative customer service. Our employees continue the tradition of producing quality products to the exacting standards set by Ronnie Rustin.


Rustins Worktop Oil wins Irish award

The Irish Hardware Association awarded Rustins “new product of the year” for its worktop oil which is food safe and solvent free.

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