Dick Booth runs his Rustmasters business from tiny Ulong.
Dick Booth runs his Rustmasters business from tiny Ulong. BRUCE THOMAS

Muster a rust buster

DICK Booth thinks he has the perfect business plan.

He runs his national rust treatment business, Rustmasters, from tiny Ulong. The peaceful mountain village seems an unlikely setting for a factory that sends barrels of rust treatment to help mining giants in Western Australia and historic ships in Sydney Harbour and Melbourne docklands keep rust at bay, but the Coffs Coast businessman says it is a perfect spot.

“Mobiles work perfectly and I have better internet up here than you have in Coffs Harbour. I have always enjoyed the area,” Mr Booth said. “I can service the whole of Australia from here and I don’t want to work any harder than I am – but I’ve been run off my feet in the last five weeks.”

In spite of being based quite some distance from the coast, Mr Booth has a long list of coastal clients. He looks after rust treatment for Energy Australia; for Adsteam; for companies using metal components in seaside locations and for mining companies.

Several years ago he became a volunteer sponsor for the MV Cape Don, a historic Western Australian lighthouse tender vessel.

He was told that rust was the vessel’s main problem so headed for the boat with a drum of Rustmasters.

The tender’s hull has since been tested at the request of NSW Maritime and was “as good as the day she was built” and a collection of before and after photos have led to a queue of new customers for Mr Booth.

Interested people can see more at http://www.mvcapedonsociety.org.au

Rustmasters products are available at Boambee Industrial Supplies and The Paint Barn in Coffs Harbour and at WH Bailey in Dorrigo.

It comes in five different lines, so there are products which can be used to preserve timber, concrete, steel structures and boats.



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