Hunting & Fishing

Easy rust PREVENTION AND RUST removal for your hunting, fishing and camping equipment

Clean and Easy Rust Prevention/Rust Removal for the Outdoors Enthusiast

Free your fishing poles, firearms and camping necessities of rust using the Workshop Hero’s Rust Prevention and Rust Removal product line.  “Reel in” rust before it starts, using Dry Coat Rust Preventative spray or our Rust Preventative Wrap and Bags ideal for packaging and storage.  If rust removal is needed, Metal Rescue Rust Remover (in BATH or GEL) will do the trick — it is easy to use (soak or apply and let Metal Rescue do the work), it isn’t dangerous (non-toxic and biodegradeable), it works on all levels of rust (from light to heavy), and the results speak for themselves.

If you are on the hunt for rust prevention and rust removal products that are clean, safe and easy, the Workshop Hero line is a “catch.”

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Remove rust from your hunting, fishing and camping gear such as:

Guns & Rifles

Hunting Stands

Fishing Poles

Tackle boxes

Hunting Tripods

Fishing Lures

Tent Poles

Fishing Nets

Trailer Hitch

Boat Trailers

Knife & Ax Blades

Cast Iron

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Workshop Hero Products

Metal Rescue BATH

Metal Rescue’s water-based rust remover bath is “Safe on Everything Except Rust.” Remove rust from your hunting/fishing equipment.

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 HUNTING, FISHING AND CAMPING EQUIPMENT 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 your camping, fishing and other outdoor equipment.  The best part is, while Metal Rescue is working (rusty tools and equipment must soak in the Metal Rescue bath), you can be working (or playing) too!   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.

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 the parts of your hunting or fishing equipment that are rubber, plastic, wood, fabric, glass, and any 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 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 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.

Metal Rescue is perfectly suited for the treatment of rust on firearms but note: Metal Rescue will remove oxide coatings such as blueing, zinc phosphate, browning and other oxide finishes.

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.  

Metal Rescue Rust Remover BATH works best when it is used as a bath or soak.  If the rusty item 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.

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.

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.

Many times, outdoor equipment gets wet and it is difficult to keep them rust free.  An application of Dry Coat Rust Preventative is the key to keeping your fishing tackle, camping equipment and other outdoor accessories clean and 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. It’s the perfect way to keep tackle and hunting supplies looking new without even knowing there is a rust preventative or inhibitor on the metal. If you are concerned about the smell or scent it may give off to animals, simply rinse the part in water and dry prior to use.  When you are done, just reapply Dry Coat  for more indoor protection! 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 use for Dry Coat Rust Preventative:

  • Did you just come back in from hunting and want to keep your gun from developing rust? Apply Dry Coat to keep it rust-free.
  • Do you have old fishing lures that you want to make sure stay clear of rust? Taking just a few minutes to apply Dry Coat will provide rust protection for up to one year for indoor storage.
  • Do you have ATVs, a Jeep or other hunting equipment that you want to keep from rusting? Use Dry Coat to help preserve your gear, tools or vehicles and keep them free from rust 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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