Rust occurs in metal that contains iron. When iron alloys are exposed to moisture or water in the presence of oxygen — and no protective barrier prevents the metal from oxidizing on the surface — unsightly rust begins to form and proliferates until rust removal is performed.
The scientific name for rust is iron oxide — a substance that eventually corrodes an entire piece of metal unless removed from the surface. Rust removal can be performed manually through heavy brushing, grinding, or sandblasting, but using a chemical rust remover is usually the most efficient option.
Corrosion Removal Solvents for Rust
Rust is generally considered an eyesore that doesn’t impact the strength of metal. For example, a rusty iron chain may pull as much weight as the same type of chain that has no rust. If so, it’s indicative that oxidation is limited to the surface of the rusty chain. If the chain rusts for a significant period of time, its microstructure grows progressively weaker as rust penetrates deeper. Eventually, the chain becomes nothing but a pile of rust.
This is why it’s important to attack rust with corrosion removal solvents when the oxidation process is first noticed, especially when the appearance and/or dimensional stability of the object is essential to its function. If you’re shopping for corrosion removal solvents for rust, Rust Rip — a rust remover and phosphatizer from Ecolink — offers the following advantages, among others:
- Non-flammable formulation
- Prevents paint from peeling
- Promotes paint bonding
- Can be used on ferrous and non-ferrous metals
Rust Rip is useful for removing rust from any type of metal, but it also has an important niche application: removing rust from metal that will subsequently be painted. Rust flows away, leaving the metal with a surface that bonds well with paint and helps prevent paint from peeling.
Applications where these traits come in handy include: auto body restoration, restoring rusty metal ceilings, repainting rusted industrial equipment, and preparing rusty metal for marine applications that require waterproof paint sealer. Any application that involves removing rust from the surface metal — and then painting the metal, or not — is fair game. The biggest key to success is removing rust before it progresses past the surface and causes pitting.
Considering Your Supply Options
One of the most diverse corrosion removal solvents for rust, Rust Rip is available in 55 gallon drums, 5 gallon pails, and four 1 gallon containers. Have the product delivered on a schedule or order it as needed. We ship orders of all sizes, from bulk supply to small box orders.
If you’d like to compare Rust Rip to other corrosion removal solvents, we’ll send you a free product sample so you can test its efficacy. To get your free sample, visit our Request a Product Sample page. To place a regular order or request information, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. Let us help you rip away rust the easy way!