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We Can Clean Rust Off of Your Rusty Antiques and Collectibles

Make Your “Something Old” Look Like “Something New

Antique collectors use Metal Rescue and love its three simple steps-–soak, check, dry. There is no need to spend hours scrubbing or hand polishing when Metal Rescue offers the same results and the acid-free formula means there is no need to wear gloves or to worry about spills or splashes.

While the appeal to make your “something old” look like “something new” is tempting, it is important to review and follow the steps outlined in our Metal Rescue Rust Remover for Vintage Painted Items Tip Sheet. Many customers have used Metal Rescue on their antiques with great success, but not all vintage painted items are stable enough to tolerate rust removal and should be evaluated carefully.

We strongly advise that “when in doubt, test it out.”  Test a small, unseen area on the items before proceeding with your project.

Use Metal Rescue to clean rust off of antiques and collectibles such as:

  • old vintage metal signs
  • antique lanterns
  • old pulleys
  • classic tools
  • vintage sports equipment
  • antique license plates
  • antique vintage toys
  • vintage lighting fixtures
  • items made of cast iron

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Metal Rescue

Metal Rescue’s water-based rust remover bath is “Safe on Everything Except Rust.” Remove rust from antiques and vintage items.

Dry Coat

Rust is gone, now keep it that way. Dry Coat Rust Preventative “Invisible Protection, Visible Results.

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FAQs

Metal Rescue Knows How to Remove Rust from Rusty Antiques and Collectibles

Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath will remove rust from all of your rusty antiques, collectibles and vintage treasures. Our non-toxic, water-based rust remover removes rust from iron and steel without harming etchings, wood, plastic, glass, clothing, rubber, the vast majority of paint or other surface coatings.**

It is said the best time to buy antiques is when you find them. We certainly believe this and would take the notion of time a step further. The best use of your time is finding more antiques and removing rust from the ones you already have! That’s why Metal Rescue is the perfect “tool” for your antique and “salvage” workshop! What could be easier than dropping your vintage piece into a bath of Metal Rescue and doing something else?

**Metal Rescue should not remove or harm paint coatings — with a few exceptions. See details in our Product Information section below and Download our Metal Rescue Rust Remover Vintage Painted Items Tip Sheet for additional information.

Follow these steps to ensure optimal results when using Metal Rescue:

Before starting your rust removal project, evaluate your item with a critical eye.  Antique and vintage painted metal items with flaking or cracking surfaces or chipping/deteriorating paint or coatings may not be suited for prolonged soaking–whether it is Metal Rescue or plain water–and may experience unexpected damage.  We strongly advise that “when in doubt, test it out.”  Test a small, unseen area on the items before proceeding with your project.

1) Soak.  Immerse antique or vintage metal item in bath until rust is removed. Do not leave items in bath after rust is no longer present or metal might darken or gray slightly in appearance.

2) Check. Check antique items frequently and remove immediately once desired rust removal results have been acheived.  Immersion time can range from 5 min–48 hrs depending on the severity of the rust. Do not leave part in solution longer than 48 hrs.

3) Dry. Remove parts and dry thoroughly.

** Temperature Alert:  Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath works optimally at room temperature (68°F or 20°C) and above, so it may require heating in cold temperatures.  Note:  If room temperature is 68⁰, the temperature of Metal Rescue bath will likely be a few degrees cooler.  Similarly, if the metal part has been stored in an outdoor garage or workshop, it is possible that the metal item will be cold and could cause the temp of the Metal Rescue bath to drop. **

Metal Rescue will not remove or harm the vast majority of paint coatings, with a few exceptions.

#1. If there is a layer of rust has formed under the paint some of the paint coating will be lost as Metal Rescue  removes the rust and therefore the paint on top of the rust.
#2. Some paints and inks (typically red/orange), especially old paints, may use iron oxide pigment.  Metal Rescue has been engineered to remove iron oxide in all forms, therefore it may dissolve the pigment in these types of paints.
#3. Painted metal items with flaking or cracking surfaces or chipping/deteriorating paint or coatings may not be suited for prolonged soaking–whether it is Metal Rescue or plain water–and may experience unexpected damage.

We strongly advise that “when in doubt, test it out.”  Test a small, unseen area on the items before proceeding with your project.  Download our Metal Rescue Rust Remover Vintage Painted Items Tip Sheet for additional information.

Send us your questions–there are many different issues to consider when evaluating a vintage item and its tolerance for any type of rust removal process.  Send us your project details, photos, your questions and we will be happy to respond.

Product Information

Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath is a water-based rust remover designed for iron and steel.  It is non-toxic, non-hazardous, fume free, and reusable (upon opening, Metal Rescue has a shelf life of one year).  Metal Rescue is clean, safe, easy to use, and perfectly suited for the restorationist looking to remove rust from their vintage finds.

Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath is a rust remover designed for iron and steel. It is non-toxic, non-hazardous, clean, safe and easy to use. Metal Rescue works through chelation technology—Metal Rescue’s rust removal ability is due to the chelation’s attraction to iron oxide.  Chelation technology works by surrounding the iron oxide particles (more familiarly known as rust) during the bath or soak and lifting them from the metal surface.  Metal Rescue pulls the rust right off of the iron and steel—it literally acts like a magnet to rust.

Metal Rescue will not harm rubber, plastic, clothing, glass, and other surfaces that are unharmed by water alone.  Metal Rescue does not harm the vast majority of paint coatings—with a few exceptions:

#1. If there is a layer of rust has formed under the paint some of the paint coating will be lost as Metal Rescue  removes the rust and therefore the paint on top of the rust.
#2. Some paints and inks (typically red/orange), especially old paints, may use iron oxide pigment.  Metal Rescue has been engineered to remove iron oxide in all forms, therefore it may dissolve the pigment in these types of paints.
#3. Painted metal items with flaking or cracking surfaces or chipping/deteriorating paint or coatings may not be suited for prolonged soaking–whether it is Metal Rescue or plain water–and may experience unexpected damage.

We strongly advise that “when in doubt, test it out.”  Test a small, unseen area on the items before proceeding with your project. Download our Metal Rescue Rust Remover Vintage Painted Items Tip Sheet for additional information.

Metal Rescue is also safe on other metals as long as they are not left in a Metal Rescue soak too long. If using Metal Rescue on any of the following metals, be sure to check them approximately every hour so as not to damage the surface under the oxidation layer: aluminum, brass, copper, chrome, gold, lead, nickel, silver, titanium, tungsten, solder or solder points.

Dry Coat Rust Preventative is the key to keeping your antiques and vintage items rust free.  Dry Coat is a water-based liquid that provides a clear protective coating on metal to prevent rust from forming, we like to say “Invisible Protection, Visible Results.” Dry Coat dries-to-the-touch within 30 minutes in ambient conditions.  It leaves no sticky or tacky feel and does not attract dirt or dust.  It is non-hazardous and if needed it easily washes off using mild detergents or common metal cleaning solutions. Dry Coat is safe to use on ferrous metals, stainless steel and will not harm most elastomers or plastics and it provides protection for up to one year for items stored indoors.

Dry Coat is easy to apply.  Step-by-step instructions are available at:  Apply Dry Coat.

Suggested use for Dry Coat™ Rust Preventative:

  • Are you going to display that now de-rusted lantern and don’t want rust to reappear? Apply Dry Coat to keep it rust-free.
  • Do you have a vintage sign that you want to keep from rusting? Taking just a few minutes to apply Dry Coat will provide rust protection for up to one year for indoor storage.
  • Working to restore a vintage bicycle? Use Dry Coat to help preserve your work and keep it rust free along the way.

Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath and Dry Coat Rust Preventative are available to consumers in retail stores throughout the United States and Canada as well as through many online retailers.  To find a location near to you, use our FIND MY CLOSEST STORE locator.

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