Bicycles

Rust on Your Bicycle?
“Pedal to the Metal” —
Metal Rescue Rust Remover 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 is ideal for cyclists who want a clean, safe and easy-to-use rust remover that will clean up their rusty bike. Designed to remove rust from iron and steel, Metal Rescue is non-toxic, non-hazardous, biodegradable and will remove rust from bike frames, bike parts, components and accessories.

Cyclists and vintage bike restorationists tell us Metal Rescue (BATH and GEL) is so easy to use that it is like coasting downhill.

Remove Rust Using Metal Rescue on your bicycle parts including:

Handlebars

Chains

Tire Rims & Spokes

Pedals

Sprockets

Brake Levers

Brake Cables

Fenders

Bike Frames

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Metal Rescue BATH

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

Metal Rescue GEL

Metal Rescue GEL is your on-the-spot rust remover. Remove rust spots or hard-to-reach rust on metal parts you can’t soak.

Dry Coat

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

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METAL RESCUE RUST REMOVER FOR BICYCLES 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 bicycle enthusiast determined to get their bike looking and running clean.

The entire line of Metal Rescue is non-toxic, environmentally friendly and biodegradable; it removes rust without etching or removing properties of the metal; and once rust is removed the result is clean, bare metal ready for use or additional processing.

Equally as important, our bicycle 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 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.

The Metal Rescue formula used (BATH or GEL) as well as the amount of rust present and the size of the rusty surface area all impact how much Metal Rescue will be needed.  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.  One jar of Metal Rescue GEL will cover approximately 230 square inches of surface area when applied correctly.

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), Metal Rescue GEL may be a better option.  GEL is highly adhesive and is ideal for use on spot rust on items that can’t be soaked or on rust in hard to reach areas.

If using BATH is your preference, there are a couple of options for using it on larger/unusually-sized items:

  • 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.

For optimal results using Metal Rescue  GEL, follow the How To Use Metal Rescue GEL instructions.

 

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.  

Before placing metal bike parts or accessories in Metal Rescue, pre-clean to remove items such as heavy greases, lubricants, and similar materials that could act as a barrier between Metal Rescue and the surface of the metal. This will speed up the rust removal process and extend the life of the Metal Rescue.

For optimal results using Metal Rescue BATH, review the 3-Step How to Use Metal Rescue BATH instructions.

For optimal results using Metal Rescue GEL, follow the How To Use Metal Rescue GEL instructions.

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 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.

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