There’s a high seas adventure story behind the creation of Rust-Oleum involving a Scottish sea captain by the name of Robert Fergusson.

Captain Fergusson didn’t intend to start Rust-Oleum Corporation nearly a century ago when he lunged for a container of raw fish oil before it spilled on his rusted metal deck.

But the Scotsman noticed that his spill, over time continued to stop the spread of corrosion. This observation ultimately led him to create the world’s first rust-preventative paint.  Paints that truly stop rust.