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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 removes rust from the tools, parts and hardware you have on hand for use in your home, garage, shed or outdoor workshop.

Water-based Metal Rescue BATH lives up to its name — simply soak or “bath” rusty parts and let Metal Rescue BATH do the rust removal work for you.  For “spot rust” on a part that can’t be soaked or that is in a hard to reach area, Metal Rescue GEL is highly adhesive, easy to apply and it will “clean house” of your rust.

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Check out our hot tips for removing rust from your home & garden metal parts you can’t soak

Use Metal Rescue to remove rust from home and garden parts such as:

Door Hinges

Knobs

Handles

Locks

Window Latches

Vent Covers

Screwdrivers

Wrenches

Pliers

Hammers

Knives

Saw Blades

Clamps

Trowels

Hoes

Shears

Hose Nozzles

Sprinkler Heads

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*NEW* GEL Rust Remover: Metal Rescue Rust Remover GEL

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Metal Rescue BATH

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

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 HOME, YARD AND GARDEN TOOLS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Metal Rescue is a rust remover designed to remove rust from iron and steel.  It is non-toxic, environmentally friendly, biodegradable and it is perfectly suited to remove rust from those items in your home, garage, cellar, garden shed or tool bench that need restoration.  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 the best part is, while Metal Rescue is working, you can be working (or playing) too!

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

Before using Metal Rescue on rusty tools, parts or hardware, 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.

Metal Rescue Rust Remover BATH is designed exclusively to be used as a bath or a soak.  To work effectively, Metal Rescue BATH 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 BATH will dry before rust removal is complete.   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.

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.

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.  

Both Metal Rescue BATH and GEL are reusable, simply store product according to storage recommendations.  Metal Rescue BATH and GEL darken in appearance as they are working.  Once opened, and if stored properly, BATH and GEL are good for one year.

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.

When the rust removal process is complete, pour used Metal Rescue BATH 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.   Metal Rescue BATH 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. Keep used and fresh Metal Rescue BATH separate.

Store unused GEL with jar lid on tight and out of direct sunlight. When in use, avoid contamination.

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 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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