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Easy rust removal for all of your home and garden tools

Remove Rust from Household Items and Rusty Garden Tools

Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath removes rust from the tools, parts and hardware you have on hand for use in your home, garage, shed or outdoor workshop.  If you have rusty parts on your homefront, Metal Rescue will clean them up with its water-based, non-toxic, acid-free bath designed to remove rust from iron and steel.

  • Are you looking to revive an old door hinge, cupboard handle, kitchen knob, window latch?
  • Want to bring new life to a rusty bathtub drain cover, shower head, door stop or other common household tool?
  • Did you know you can recondition and rejuvenate your rusty garden hose nozzles, sprinkler heads, pruners, shears and other lawn and garden equipment?

In just three simple steps, Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath will remove the rust and it will be clean, safe and easy.

 

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Metal Rescue

Metal Rescue’s water-based rust remover bath is “Safe on Everything Except Rust.” Remove rust from your house/lawn tools.

Dry Coat

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

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Remove Rust from your Home, Yard and Garden Tools with Ease

Say goodbye to the rusty tools, hardware, and parts lying around in your house, basement, garage, shed or workshop.  Metal Rescue, with its water-based formulation, contains no acid.  It is non-toxic, non-hazardous, fume-free and safe to use inside your home. There is no need to wear gloves or worry about unexpected splashes/spills–Metal Rescue is “Safe on Everything Except Rust!”

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 only works in liquid form and is designed to be used as a bath or a soak.  To work effectively, Metal Rescue must remain in constant contact with the metal you are trying to de-rust.  The use of other application methods such a spray or brush will not produce the desired results–Metal Rescue will dry before rust removal is complete.  However, Metal Rescue is effective in removing rust if continuously sprayed onto the surface until the rust has been dissolved. Typical operations are continuous spray washers with the Metal Rescue bath being re-circulated.  For specific information about the re-circulating pump method, please contact Workshop Hero at 1-800-365-1117.

 

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 Signs, License Plates and Painted Items Tip Sheet for additional information.

Metal Rescue is reusable, simply store product according to storage recommendations.  One gallon of Metal Rescue will remove rust from 10 square feet of moderately rusted steel or approximately a ½ pound of dry rust.  Metal Rescue will darken as it is working due to the iron oxide particles removed from the iron/steel.  It will cease to be effective when the liquid turns completely black.  Once opened, Metal Rescue is good for one year.

When the rust removal process is complete, pour used Metal Rescue into plastic storage container (using a filter such as cheese cloth or paint filter to skim any rust flakes/sediment), cap and save for future use.  Keep used and fresh Metal Rescue separate.  Metal Rescue is water-based, if evaporation occurs during use or storage simply replace with fresh tap water to original level.  Note:  The addition of water is seldom needed, but typically presents when Metal Rescue is used in hot, humid, outdoor conditions.

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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, safe, easy to use and perfectly suited to remove rust from those items in your home, garage, cellar, garden shed or tool bench that need restoration. The best part is, while Metal Rescue is working (rusty tools and parts must soak in the Metal Rescue bath), you can be working (or playing) too!

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

Before placing rust tools, parts or hardware 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 parts or tools 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 parts/tools  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 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 Signs, License Plates and 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 household, yard and garden tools 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 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:

  • When cooler months approach, apply Dry Coat to protect your garden spades, forks, trowels, hoes, pruners, shears and other tools that can acquire rust over the winter.
  • Are you a snowbird who returns to their home state during the spring and summer? Don’t forget to protect the yard and garden tools 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 any item that is stored indoors.
  • Do you have a summer cottage or home that you close up for the winter months? Spray Dry Coat on your window latches, bathroom hardware and other metal parts that are exposed to prolonged moisture to protect them from rusting.

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 store near to you, use our FIND MY CLOSEST STORE locator.

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