Motorcycles

Easy rust removal for your gas tank and other motorcycle parts

Metal Rescue® Rust Remover Bath is perfect for motorcyclists who want to remove rust from their bike, both on the inside and out. It is a water-based rust remover designed to remove rust from iron and steel and it is non-toxic, non-hazardous and easy to use.

Everyday we hear from bikers who tell us of their success in using Metal Rescue to remove rust from their gas tank. They love that it is acid free, that they don’t have to wear gloves when using it, and that there is no need for worry about splashing or spilling. Many use it to remove rust from chrome parts and bike accessories as well. Metal Rescue is true to its words “safe on everything except rust” because it doesn’t disturb most paints, rubber, plastic, glass, clothing, seals or other surface coatings.*

*Metal Rescue should not remove or harm paint coatings — with a few exceptions. See details in our FAQ section.

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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.

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

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FAQs

We Can Clean Up Your Rusty Motorcycle Chrome and Metal Parts

In addition to removing rust from your motorcycle gas tank, Metal Rescue will remove rust from your bike’s chrome and non-chrome parts and accessories. If you have rust on your fenders, rails, spokes, wheels, headers, center stands, crash bars, components or racks, Metal Rescue will clean it up free of acid, naval jelly, or any multi-step rust removal processes. We tell all of our users to follow Metal Rescue’s three simple steps–soak, check, dry. There is no need to spend hours scrubbing or hand polishing when a simple soak in a bath of Metal Rescue offers the same results–and better.

We say it and we mean it–Metal Rescue will remove rust from your bike and it will be clean, safe and easy.

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. When removing rust from gas tanks, we have found that completely filling the tank with Metal Rescue is quicker and maximizes the results.

An alternate method for fuel or gas tanks is to use enough Metal Rescue to fill half of the tank. Pour the Metal Rescue right into the gas tank and soak it on one side for several hours and then rotate to the other side, again leaving it for several hours. You may also want to rotate the tank right side up and upside down, allowing the proper amount of soak time with each rotation.

Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath is a clean, safe and easy process for the removal of rust from the inside or outside of your motorcycle gas tank. When used as directed, Metal Rescue will remove rust without harming the vast majority of paint coatings** or other dissimilar materials in your motorcycle fuel tank. (**See question below:  Will Metal Rescue remove or harm the paint on my bike? for complete details.)

To make things easy, Workshop Hero put together step-by-step instructions for the successful use of Metal Rescue in gas tank rust removal.  Download the Workshop Hero Metal Rescue Gas Tank Rust Removal Tip Sheet ›

Or, we have a Workshop Hero-directed and produced Metal Rescue Gas Tank Rust Removal Video all ready to roll– Check it Out:  Metal Rescue Motorcycle Gas Tank Rust Removal NO ACID! Video ›

 

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

We recommend that a gas tank liner or sealer only be used as a last resort. If there are holes exposed in the gas tank as a result of the rust removal, we suggest welding or brazing them from the outside. Variances in the different gasolines and additives available today can result in tank liner/sealer breakdown, which can make the sealer very difficult to remove and can leave you with problems in your fuel tank.

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

Before placing metal parts 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 cosmoline, heavy greases, and similar materials, should be removed.

1) Soak. Immerse metal parts 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. **

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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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 for the motorcyclist determined to get their bike looking and running clean. Motorcyclists use Metal Rescue again and again for their gas tank rust removal applications and they marvel at how easy Metal Rescue makes the process.

Equally as important, our motorcycle customers find that Metal Rescue is true to its words “Safe on Everything Except Rust” as they use it to remove rust without disturbing paint, seals and other surface coatings.**

**Metal Rescue  should not remove or harm paint coatings — with a few exceptions. See details in our FAQ section.

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 motorcycle rust free, especially during the “off season”!  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.

 

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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