Antiques

How to Restore Antiques or Collectibles with Metal Rescue

Antique collectors love Metal Rescue – there is no need to spend hours scrubbing or hand polishing and it offers the same results!  Whether using Metal Rescue BATH to soak a rusty item or Metal Rescue GEL to treat just a spot of rust, Metal Rescue is non-toxic rust removal that is clean, safe and easy.

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 item before proceeding with your project.

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

Vintage metal signs

Antique lanterns

Old pulleys

Vintage sewing machines

Antique tools

Antique swords

Antique golf clubs

Vintage sports equipment

Vintage lighting fixtures

Items made of cast iron

Antique or vintage toys

Antique license plates

Antique storage tins

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METAL RESCUE RUST REMOVER FOR ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Metal Rescue is a non-toxic rust remover designed to remove rust from iron and steel.  Whether you choose the ready-to-use BATH; CONCENTRATE (simply add one gallon of water) or the adhesive GEL, Metal Rescue is clean, safe, easy to use and perfectly suited for the restorationist looking to make their something “old” look like something “new” — just not too new!

The entire line of Metal Rescue is non-toxic, environmentally friendly and biodegradable.  Our 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 this 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. 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.

Before trying to remove rust from antique metal, 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 the soaking process required when using Metal Rescue BATH (prolonged soaking–whether it is Metal Rescue or plain water–may cause unexpected damage to a vintage item) OR the processing time required when using Metal Rescue GEL.

Whether using BATH or GEL, check antique items frequently and discontinue use of Metal Rescue once desired rust removal rusts have been achieved.

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

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.

Metal Rescue is a non-toxic rust remover designed to remove rust from iron and steel.  Whether you choose the ready-to-use BATH; CONCENTRATE (simply add one gallon of water) or the adhesive GEL, Metal Rescue is clean, safe and easy to use making it the ideal product for cleaning rust off antique cast iron or to remove rust from metal antiques.

The entire line of Metal Rescue is non-toxic, environmentally friendly and biodegradable BUT, we always caution to proceed with caution when working with any antique that may be fully rusted, or rusted to a degree that they could lose their integrity if a rust removal product – Metal Rescue or any other rust remover – were used to break down the rust.

If you are unsure about your rusty item, we recommend when in doubt, test it out.”  Use Metal Rescue on a small, unseen area on the item before proceeding with your project.

Before removing rust from painted metal, review this first:   Metal Rescue Rust Remover Vintage Painted Items Tip Sheet.

Metal Rescue does not harm the vast majority of paint coatings but if the surface of the metal has been compromised by flaking or cracking paint or paint that is chipping or deteriorating, it may not be suited for the rust removal process.

We strongly recommend when in doubt, test it out.”  Use Metal Rescue on a small, unseen area on the painted item before proceeding with your project.  Details outlined on the Tip Sheet will help to ensure that your experience in using Metal Rescue is clean, safe, easy and successful.  

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

Metal Rescue Rust Remover and Dry Coat Rust Preventative are available for purchase online from the Workshop Hero website and from retail stores including AutoZoneHome DepotCanadian Tire and others.  To find a location near to you, use our Find My Closest Store locator.

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.

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