Bicycles

Rust on Your Bicycle?
“Pedal to the Metal” —
Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath That Is

Safe and Easy Rust Removal for your Bike Frame, Parts, Accessories

Whether your pedal-driven preference is for a vintage bike, an out-and-about town cruiser, your child’s tricycle, a road racer, a mountain bike, or even a rickshaw, Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath is a water-based rust remover that is ideal for cyclists who want a safe rust remover that will clean up their rusty bike. Designed to remove rust from iron and steel, Metal Rescue’s non-toxic, non-hazardous, easy-to-use bath will remove rust from bike frames, bike parts, components and accessories.

Cyclists and vintage bike restorationists tell us how easy Metal Rescue is to use (three simple steps – soak, check, dry) and how Metal Rescue’s acid-free formula means there is no need to wear gloves or to worry about splashes or spills when working with it.

Before & After Photos

Bicycle Rust Removal Videos

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Metal Rescue

Metal Rescue’s water-based rust remover bath is “Safe on Everything Except Rust.” Remove rust without damaging your bike.

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 Removes Rust From All of Your Bicycle Parts!

Metal Rescue will remove rust from all types of rusty bike parts, bike components and bike accessories. If you have rust on your rims, the spokes of your tires, handlebars, bike chains, fenders, kick stands, toe clips, seat posts, pedal cranks or painted bike frames, we will clean it up free of acid, naval jelly, or any multi-step rust removal processes.

Metal Rescue is true to its words “Safe on Everything Except Rust” because it doesn’t disturb rubber, plastic, glass, clothing, seals, the vast majority of paint or other surface coatings.**

**Metal Rescue should not remove or harm paint coatings—with a few exceptions.  Download our Metal Rescue Rust Remover Vintage Painted Items Tip Sheet for additional information.

The amount of Metal Rescue needed is truly dependent on the amount of rust present or the size of the rusty surface area. One gallon of Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath will remove about ½ lb of pure rust or approximately 10 square feet of moderately rusted steel.

Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath works best when it is used as a bath or soak.  If the rusty item (such as a bicycle frame) is too large or is an unusual size (which can make it difficult to submerge), there are several options.

  • Apply a smooth, absorbent material that has been soaked in Metal Rescue to the rusted area (the texture of the material is key – do not use a material with a pattern or texture as it could be transferred to the rusty item).   The material will need to be re-saturated every couple of hours and kept covered with plastic film to prevent evaporation and drying, re-saturate as needed.
  • For less severe rust, scrub the rusted surface with Metal Rescue. Keep the rusty area continually saturated for Metal Rescue to work properly. While this is not the intended form to use Metal Rescue, it is much safer than scrubbing with acids and alkalis.
  • Consider submerging only half of your item at a time as an alternative. Soak your rusty part on one side for several hours and then rotate to the other side, again soaking for several hours. You may also want to rotate the item right side up and upside down, allowing the proper amount of soak time with each rotation.
  • Metal Rescue can be sprayed onto the surface of an item but the spray must be continuous (through the use of a continuous spray washer) until the rust has been dissolved.

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.

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

Before placing metal bike parts or accessories in Metal Rescue, pre-clean to remove anything that could act as a barrier to Metal Rescue making its way to the surface of the metal. This will speed up the rust removal process and extend the life of the Metal Rescue. Because Metal Rescue is not an acid, items such as heavy greases, lubricants, and similar materials, should be removed.

1) Soak. Immerse metal bike parts or accessories in bath until rust is removed. Do not leave parts in bath after rust is no longer present or metal might
darken or gray slightly in appearance.

2) Check. Check periodically. Soak time can range from 5 min–48 hrs depending on 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. **

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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 bicycle enthusiast determined to get their bike looking and running clean.  As part of the Workshop Hero line of products, Metal Rescue is designed to take the “work” out of your workshop!

 

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 those parts of the bike that are rubber, plastic, fabric, glass, and any other surfaces that are unharmed by water alone. It is ideal for rust removal from bicycle parts such as fenders, handlebars, chain guards and bike frames. 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.

Dry Coat Rust Preventative is the key to keeping your bicycle and its parts and accessories rust free during storage or in the “off season.”  We like to say, Dry Coat™ “Invisible Protection, Visible Results.

Dry Coat is a water-based liquid that provides a clear protective coating on metal to prevent rust from forming. It dries-to-the-touch within 30 minutes in ambient conditions and it leaves no sticky or tacky feel and does not attract dirt or dust. Dry Coat is non-hazardous and if you need to remove it, 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 uses for Dry Coat Rust Preventative:

  • Are you putting your bicycle away for the cooler fall and winter months? Apply Dry Coat to protect your bicycle’s metal parts before putting it into storage.
  • Are you a snowbird who returns to their home-state during the spring and summer? Don’t forget to protect the bike you will leave behind from the heat and humidity. Taking just a few minutes to apply Dry Coat will provide rust protection for up to one year for a bike that is stored indoors.
  • 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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