Don’t Let Rust “Toy” With Your Emotions – Remove Rust from Old Metal Toys and Bring Them Back to Life!

As a member of the Workshop Hero team, I often hear from customers about their success in using Metal Rescue® Rust Remover Bath/CONCENTRATE to remove rust from old metal toys. While some of them are collectors, more often I hear from someone who wants to bring a toy “back to life” because they are inspired by memories from their childhood.  Some customers use Metal Rescue to revive toys from their parents or even their grandparents era, while others actually are the parent or grandparent and they want to restore a toy from their youth to share with family.  Whatever the reason, the results speak for themselves.

Why Metal Rescue is Ideal for Removing Rust From Metal Toys

Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath is a water-based rust remover designed for iron and steel.  It is non-toxic, easy to use and easy to clean up and dispose of.  We like to say “Metal Rescue is safe on everything except rust,” because while it removes rust from metal it will not harm other materials that may be found on a vintage metal toy such as wood, glass, rubber, vinyl or plastic and it is safe enough you can put your hands in it.  There are a host of additional features and benefits that make Metal Rescue ideal for use when removing rust from vintage metal toys:

  • Non-toxic, contains no hazardous ingredients, biodegradable
  • Easy to use, clean up, and dispose of
  • Uses chelation technology to lift iron oxide (rust) from metal surface – no chemicals or acids
  • Does not etch or remove properties of the metal
  • Works on all levels of rust – light to heavy

How Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath Works

Metal Rescue removes rust with chelation technology — its rust removal ability is due to the chelation’s attraction to iron oxide (otherwise known as rust).  Chelation technology works by surrounding the iron oxide particles (during the bath or soak time) and lifting them from the metal surface. Use of chelation technology to lift iron oxide (rust) from the metal’s surface eliminates the use of chemicals or acids.  Metal Rescue removes rust and holds it in suspension of the liquid.

How To Remove Rust from a Metal Toy

Before starting the rust removal process, closely assess the metal toy with a critical eye.  Even with Metal Rescue’s safe, water-based formula there are some vintage metal toys that are not stable enough to tolerate the rust removal process.  Examples include toys with flaking or cracking surfaces, the age/pigment composition of paint, or chipping/deteriorating paint or coatings.  Exercise caution if the vintage toy exhibits any of these types of conditions and proceed with a “when in doubt, test it out” tactic.  If there is any question or concern regarding the stability or surface condition of the metal toy, test a small, unseen area before proceeding.

Special Considerations for Rust Removal from a Vintage Painted Metal Toy

It is important to note, that while Metal Rescue is safe on most paints, there are special considerations that apply when working with vintage painted toys:

  1. If a layer of rust has formed underneath the paint, some of the paint will be lost as Metal Rescue lifts the rust from the metal.
  2. Some paints (and inks) may use iron oxide pigment (usually orange or red).  Since Metal Rescue has been designed to remove iron oxide, it may dissolve the pigment in these types of paints.  Always test a small section or hidden area prior to use.
  3. Soaking any item too long in a liquid (whether it is Metal Rescue or even water), especially an old/vintage item, can loosen or damage the paint.
  4. For optimal results, check toy each hour while soaking and promptly remove once it has reached desired results.

Photo Proof of Metal Rescue’s Effectiveness in Removing Rust From Old Metal Toys

There is an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words – so let these customer before and after photos do the talking.  Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath is the clean, safe and easy way to remove rust from vintage metal toys and to take the work out of your workshop.


Cheri Rugh Workshop HeroCheri Rugh, the Chief Marketing Gal for the Workshop Hero brand, is on the frontlines in working with customers—both in asking questions about their projects and in answering questions about the products and how to use them.  When she is left to her own devices, she likes to walk, run or pedal her cares away (with or without her three kids by her side), procure her love of all things pink and continue her voracious consumption of podcasts.

Rust vs My Jeep: How I Easily Stopped Spreading Rust

Jar of Metal Rescue GEL for Jeep Rust Removal

Even as a member of the Workshop Hero sales team, I am not unscathed by the effects of rust. In fact, while driving, I had a rock hit the front of my JEEP. The impact of the rock created a dent just deep enough to rip the paint off without really damaging the hood. Upon close inspection of the dime-sized spot of exposed metal, I decided to do what many of us do when it comes to immediately fixing a car problem before it gets out of hand — absolutely nothing.

How To Stop a Rust Spot

Even as a “trained rust professional,” who knows what rust loves best is to be left alone to corrode, I turned a blind eye. With the assistance of water, air and time, my lovely dime-sized spot started to fester and it started to bother me. While it was purely cosmetic and it would hit me at ridiculous moments like waiting for my kids in the school pick up line, my car started to feel junky and old.

So I decided it was time to “practice what I preach” and tackle my little spot of rust on my own. While Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL is sold at AutoZone, I am not the typical AutoZone customer. I am NOT a ‘car girl’. I might classify myself as doing little-to-none when it comes to working on my own car–I even take it in to be detailed instead of cleaning my car myself. But not this time – I was ready to show rust who is boss with the help of Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL of course.

How To Get Rid of Rust on a Jeep

Using a cup of water I ‘washed’ off the hood of my car. Next, I found a stencil brush in my house to apply Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL to the rusty spot. According to the label, Metal Rescue® GEL is safe on paint, which is good news because I ended up getting Metal Rescue® GEL on the paint in addition to the rust spot on the hood of my car. The top of the Metal Rescue® GEL bottle says ‘keep GEL from Drying, wrap after applying’. I went inside grabbed a piece of saran wrap and taped the saran wrap in place with masking tape. I left the car outside in the sun all day. By evening, I took the saran wrap off, grabbed my hose and just sprayed the front of my car. It looked 99% complete so I did the entire process again over night. Applied, wrapped in saran wrap, and then rinsed the gel off in the morning. The rust was removed from my car and I was pumped!

After removing the rust from the hood of my car with Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL, I now had a bare metal, I bought a stick of touch-up paint that matched my JEEP. Viola! Good as new. Take a look at the pictures below.

Jeep Before and After Rust Removal

I would highly recommend using Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL for all of your on-the-spot rust removal needs. In particular, Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL is a perfect solution for removing rust spots from your car. Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL was safe, clean and easy to use.


Kristin Moore Workshop HeroKristin Moore has been a rockstar on our brand/marketing team for the past 5 years. When she’s outside of the office, she loves to explore Michigan in her beloved Jeep with her husband and 2 kids. You can also catch her trying new unique dinner recipes or at the gym burning off steam and a few calories.

Barb’s Lantern

Barb stumbled on a family heirloom amongst her great grandfather’s belongings– a railroad lantern. Check out the before and after photos for the rest of the story. The take away is quick, painless, and compelling – Metal Rescue removes rust from iron and steel. It is water-based and clean, safe and easy to use and it works.

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“This lantern has been in our family for years and I wanted to clean it up for display. Metal Rescue refurbished the whole look and brought it back to life, I love it!” Barb K

 

1974 Chevy Nova Jack

“Thanks for such a great product. I used it for my jack from my 1974 Chevy Nova. I priced a new one (repo) and it was $80.00. You said that if it didn’t work you would give me my money back. Well no need to send any money back because it worked exactly as you said. It looks great. I sprayed the moving parts black and it looks as good as the original.” – Pete Hanscome

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1978 Yamaha DT250

“Here is a very rusty inner rear fender from a 1978 Yamaha DT250 that I de-rusted with Metal Rescue. It is Yamaha part #1R7-21617-00-00. It is no longer available to purchase. I have seen them on eBay in the past, but can’t find them listed on there now. This part supports the plastic rear fender and also supports the tail light and turn signals. Attached is the before and after pictures. It was soaked for about 72 hours in Metal Rescue that was 50% spent and at about 60 degrees F. (I know this is cold and why it took so long to work!) The Metal Rescue worked great!” –Jeff Stevens

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Corvette Gauge Cluster Housing

“Picked Metal Rescue up at Corvettes at Carlisle. Stuff works great!!!!! It has saved a lot of original parts off my 63’ so far that were very, very rusted. Saving the parts saved me a lot of money! Hah, needless to say, it’s money well spent!” – Gary

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Harley Davidson Asia Pacific tank restore

“The Metal Rescue worked well. The tank has gone from being written off by Harley to being restored. After cost of Metal Rescue and relining sealer I will save over $1,000 on the cost of a new tank. It was certainly a worthwhile exercise. Many thanks for your excellent service and I will certainly be recommending the product to others.” – Robert @ Ashtech

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