Prolong the Life of a Metal by Preventing Corrosion

Most of the metals are now prone to corrosion. The reasons for each may be different and can be kept under control after one identifies the main cause of it. It is now thought that corrosion of metals is a common process that cannot be stopped. We need to understand that this is just a myth and with the progress in science and technology, there are many solutions available for such problems. Corrosion of metals can be prevented by some minor changes that need to be done in the metal or the environment in which the metal is kept. With the use of a proper method and technology, rust can surely be slowed down or even stopped completely.

Rust reduces the life os a metal

Rust reduces the life of a metal

Methods of Rust Prevention

There are various methods that can be used for rust prevention. The method to be selected depends on the nature of corrosion or the condition that has caused the corrosion. Major methods that can be used for corrosion control are plating, modification in the metal and selection of metals or modifications to the environment.

Most of the times, corrosion is caused due to the presence of harmful gases in the environment. The best remedy for such a condition would be removing the metal from such a place. If the metal cannot be shifted, one can always try making alterations in the environment. Alterations such as reducing gases such as sulfur, chlorine and oxygen would help. This can be done using various softeners and other chemical agents that help neutralize the environment.

Additional Possibilities

This would be possible by making changes in the metal. New alloys could be developed using various combinations in order to make them more corrosion resistant. Metal surfaces should be taken care of and cracks on such surfaces should be avoided.

Paint the metal to prevent corrosion

Paint the metal to prevent corrosion

Coating the surface of metal with paint, oxides, polymers and other rust removal and preventing liquids will help create a protective layer on the metal and help prevent corrosion of the metal.

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Tips to get Rid of Metal Rust

Rust is kind of oxidation. It is the way slow oxidation on metals is revealed.  Rapid oxidation usually results into fire. Let us move on to some basic steps that will help us get rid of metal rust.

A rusted Plate

Rusted Utensils are of no use as they are not safe to be used.

Rust formation on metal causes the metal to be eaten away, thus, losing its strength. The worst cases of metal rust cannot be recovered, but the rusting can stopped. Eliminating rust and preventing its recurrence are two poles apart. There are many products that promise for both, removal and prevention of rust from the metal.  Rust prevention products are coatings that fasten to the metal surface. They prevent the metal surface from being exposed to the oxygen in the atmosphere.

Rust Removal from various metals depends on how it may react to the rust removal method. Rust can be removed manually as well as by using an appropriate rust remover.

Manual Rust Removal

Simple Sandpaper can act as a scrubber used to scrub off the rust from the metal surface. The coarseness of the sandpaper to be used depends on what material needs to be scrubbed. Sandpaper with more coarseness can be used on hard and tough surfaces.

One also needs to decide whether we need to do dry sanding or wet sanding depending on the metal. Usually some metals require wet sanding while others may need dry sanding. Sanding makes it easier to scrub off rust for the surface of the metal. This method may also cause the surrounding surface of the metal to lose its shine and protective layer.

Chemicals for Rust Removal

Chemical Rust removers have now made it easy for rust removal from metals. There are many rust removal products available in the market that can be used for instant rust removal and many among them also help in preventing future corrosion of the metal. I have come across this wonderful rust remover that was actually made for rust removal from stainless steel, but can be used for various other metals too. It is called Innosoft B570. An organic rust remover that removes metal rust within no time and when used in combination with Innoprotect B580, they also prevent future corrosion of the metal.

The above are the two basic methods of rust removal. They can be carried on by anyone as long as the chemical rust remover that you are using should be safe to be used. I can assure you about the safety while using Innosoft B570 as it is organic and does not cause any harm to a person, the metal or even the environment.

Causes and Effects of Metal Rust

All metals other than precious metals rust when exposed to an electrolyte (i.e. atmospheric moisture) and oxygen. Rusting is caused by the chemical reaction of the metal surface and the oxygen present in the air and form the respective metal oxide on the surface.  In steel, the corrosion products formed are quite visible and are loose.  You must have seen the red color of iron oxide on unprotected steel products. This red rust is scaly and loose and easily falls away thus exposing more portion of the metal to rust. Metals like stainless steel also rusts however, the nickel and chromium oxides formed are a more uniform and tenacious oxide layer that save the metal by sealing the surface from further rusting.
When a metal is kept indoors, moisture above about 65% relative humidity is required to rust iron.  However, the contamination of salt, dust or other pollutants may cause rusting at lower humidity level.  At higher humidity level contamination of pollutants will accelerate further rusting of underlying metal. The presence of salt or oil on the surface of metals creates the kind of rusting environment that causes metals to reacts. Exposure of metals to cooking materials enhances the rusting rate.

Rusted Metal

The original look and shine of the metal is lost.

Effects of rusting on Metal
Metals have the tendency to return to their natural state and this is the primary cause of the rusting. One a metal has rusted, it loses its strength. To prevent from a metal from rusting various methods are implemented such as painting, bluing, galvanization, and other forms of protection. Rust causes millions of dollars of damage every year and billions of dollars are spent to repair the damage, or to inhibit it thus adding extra expenditures for the maintenance of the metal.
Rusting can be easily prevented.  All the metals are not prone to rust. Using preventive measures like painting, bluing and galvanization can prevent metals from rusting.