Rust wrecks a lot of stuff. Like the muffler on your car, the shovel you left out in the rain, and the antique water pump you are using for a mailbox post. It looks nasty, but rust isn’t complicated when you understand what it is. So, we put together this guide to understanding rust, how to prevent it, what to do if it develops, and how to protect metal parts from future rusting. We hope you enjoy this rust 101: Beginners Guide to Rust.

Rust 101: What is It?

Rust is an iron oxide that takes the form of an orange powder on the metal’s surface. Metals containing iron, such as most kinds of steel, will rust when exposed to air and water. Rust can have multiple negative effects on metals. Metal parts designed to slide over one another. When rusted, they can stick together. Rust can make metals weaker by replacing strong iron or steel with flaky powder. It can slowly eat away at even the biggest piece of iron. If a metal’s strength is important for safety, such as for a bridge’s support or a car’s brake caliper, rust is a lot more than unattractive. It’s dangerous. 

How Do I Prevent Rust?

Our rust 101 top tip is to prevent rust before it can begin. The best way to prevent rust is to keep metals as dry as possible. If they get wet, make sure they are dried as quickly and completely as possible to prevent rust from developing. 

What Do I Do If Rust Develops?

If rust develops, remove it with safe rust remover. EVAPO-RUST® is an environmentally safe water-based product that removes rust in minutes without scrubbing or sanding. The beauty of EVAPO-RUST® is that you soak, rinse and reuse. It requires no special equipment and is safe on the skin. And you can use it over and over until it begins to darken and is no longer effective. 

Here are more reasons EVAPO-RUST® is the top rust remover on the market:

  • Removes even heavy rust completely to bare metal
  • Non-corrosive
  • No fumes or bad odors
  • Non-flammable
  • No VOC’s
  • Non-toxic
  • Biodegradable
  • Will not harm unrusted steel
  • Safe on other metals
  • Will not affect plastic, PVC, Viton, and most paints

How Do I Protect Against Future Rusting?

Protect clean, dry metal parts from future rusting with RUST-BLOCK™. RUST-BLOCK™ is a revolutionary water-based rust inhibitor that works on all ferrous metals and is ideal for home or shop use. It prevents metals from rusting for up to one year. 

What’s the science behind why metals rust and what you can do about it? Check out these articles from How Stuff Works and Wise Geek.

Do you have questions about EVAPO-RUST® products? Visit our website and how-to videos and start removing and preventing rust today!

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