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FAQs about Rust Bullet Products uses in Industrial Applications

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Is Rust Bullet appropriate for Industrial and Commercial projects?

Rust Bullet provides superior protection even under the harsh conditions common of industrial and commercial environments. It defends surfaces with an impenetrable, nonporous; armor like shield that repairs, protects, and maintains surface integrity. Rust Bullet is scratch, chip, and chemical resistant and provides outstanding protection from abrasives and corrosives that damage and destroy surfaces. Rust Bullet is a one step; one product coating that can be applied with little or no surface preparation, reducing the cost of product, labor, and the containment of waste. Rust Bullet requires little or no maintenance, consequently saving money and minimizing down time. If surface preparation is necessary, Media Blasting is recommended for large commercial and industrial applications; common methods consist of baking powder, dry ice and hydro blasting. Rust Bullet Standard Formula (Gold Label) is appropriate for most industrial or commercial type projects. A minimum finished dry film thickness (dft) of 12 mils is recommended for most industrial and commercial applications. Rust Bullet is available at quantity discount pricing in Pints, Quarts, Gallons, 5 Gallon Pails, and 55 Gallon Drums.

What is Dry Film Thickness (dft)?

Dry Film Thickness (dft) is the thickness of a coating when dry, expressed in mils. A mil is a measurement used to determine the thickness of a coating. One mil equals one thousandth of an inch. 1 mil = .001 inch (1/1000). For comparison purposes, 4 mils is approximately the thickness of one sheet of standard paper. Many plastic trash bags have a thickness of about 1.0 mil although heavy duty (so-called "contractors") bags may be about 3.0 mils.

How do I know what the recommended dry film thickness (dft) is for my project?

The higher the mil measurement of Rust Bullet's dry film thickness (dft), the greater the protection provided. Generally industrial or commercial type projects require a minimum dft of 12 mils; however, many variables should be considered when determining the desired dft for any project. Some of these variables to consider are: 1. The existing condition of the surface being coated 2. The surface's exposure to: - Moisture - Harsh chemicals - Abrasive objects 3. The damaging effects the surface must endure from environmental conditions

Once I have determined the desired dry film thickness (dft) for my project, how do I ensure the finished project has sufficient mil coverage?

The most accurate way to measure dry film thickness is to use a mil gauge. It is critical that at least two coats of Rust Bullet be applied to achieve a dft of 6 mils. One coat of Rust Bullet Standard Formula (Gold Label) produces an approximate dry film thickness (dft) of 3 mils (0.003 inches or 0.076 millimeters). The first coat of Rust Bullet soaks through the rust down to the metal below, encapsulates the rust, and dehydrates it. The first coat must be applied generously enough over the rust for this process to take place. As the first coat dries and gases off, tiny pin holes form in the coating. The second coat will fill any pin holes and seal the surface. Apply additional coats to achieve the desired dft for the appropriate protection for the project. One gallon of Rust Bullet covers approximately 400 sq. ft. with a single coat for a dft of 3 mils, i.e. if the dry film thickness for a project is determined to be 12 mils; one gallon will cover approximately 100 sq. ft. The number of coats needed to achieve the appropriate dft will depend on the chosen method of application: brush, roller, HVLP Spray System, or Airless Spray System. For example, Rust Bullet® Automotive (Silver Label) is formulated a bit thinner than Rust Bullet® standard (Gold Label) to flow easily through an HVLP Spray System; therefore, additional coats may be required to achieve the desired dry film thickness.

Why must I stir Rust Bullet thoroughly before applying?

Rust Bullet uses only the finest raw materials available in the manufacturing of its coatings. Some of these ingredients may separate or settle at the bottom of the container. Rust Bullet must be stirred thoroughly before use to ensure the coating's consistency is uniform.

Can an Electric Paddle or other Mechanical Device be used to stir Rust Bullet?

No. Never stir the product by mechanical means; this will trap air molecules containing moisture between the coating and the surface causing improper curing and possible coating failure.

How does Rust Bullet compare to an Epoxy Primer?

An Epoxy Primer is not an anti-corrosive coating and will not furnish the protection provided by Rust Bullet. Rust Bullet coating penetrates and dehydrates rust then forms a protective shield that defends the surface against corrosion and abrasion for many years. If an epoxy finish is desired, and the existing surface is an epoxy finish, scrape off any loose rust and epoxy coating, rough-up the remaining tight epoxy with 100 3 grit sandpaper prior to applying Rust Bullet, then re-apply the epoxy coating over the final coat of Rust Bullet. Please note: For best results, the surface should be prepared down to bare metal. Rust Bullet works best when it is in direct contact with rusted or clean metal.

How does Rust Bullet compare to an Epoxy as a Bridge Coating?

Rust Bullet provides excellent, long lasting, low maintenance protection for bridges and other transportation infrastructures. Rust Bullet is a high performance coating that has been awarded two (2) United States Patents for its two (2) unique technologies for rust and corrosion control. Generally Epoxy coatings are much thicker, plastic type coatings not intended to control corrosion. Epoxy coating applications are more complicated and labor intensive than Rust Bullet’s application. Other paints and coatings, including Epoxy coatings, require extensive preparation using a variety of techniques such as, sand blasting and collecting, needling, heavy scraping and chemical treating. Added to the high cost for these preparation procedures, costs for the containment and disposal of the waste created by these extensive preparation procedures, in order to comply with EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) requirements, often make these costs far greater than the initial cost of the product. None of these extensive preparation procedures are needed for Rust Bullet, consequently saving down time, labor, and cost. An Epoxy topcoat can be applied if desired.

Will Rust Bullet protect my Galvanized Metal Roof?

Rust Bullet is the ideal coating for protecting your sheet metal buildings and roofs. It not only provides protection from rust and corrosion, but will actually make your metal roof stronger and more weather resistant. Rust Bullet sprays easily and quickly with the use of an airless spray system. Costly replacements can be avoided by simply applying Rust Bullet.

What is the recommended application method for Galvanized Corrugated Roofs?

The recommended application method for Rust Bullet on Galvanized Corrugated Roof projects is an airless spray system with a 517/519 tip and 2400 PSI. Two or more coats should be applied depending on the desired dft (dry film thickness); each coat of Rust Bullet will add strength and durability to the metal roof. Please refer to our Application Guidelines for detailed instructions on airless spray systems.

Will Rust Bullet protect Concrete?

Concrete has been a reliable and versatile product for centuries. Chosen for its strength and durability, concrete is expected to withstand the most abusive conditions. It is subjected to the destructive effects from harsh chemical spills, abrasive objects, moisture, and the impact from heavy tools and machinery often resulting in an unsightly appearance and damage requiring costly repairs or replacement. Rust Bullet, with its Superior Patented Technology for rust and corrosion control, also provides outstanding protection to many other surfaces, including concrete. Rust Bullet protective coating will: 1. provide excellent chemical resistance 2. provide protection from abrasives 3. seal a surface from moisture 4. allow easy clean up of spills 5. prevent concrete from sweating 6. reduce dust 7. fill cracks, gaps, and chips 8. enhance appearance 9. add years of life to concrete surfaces Rust Bullet not only improves the appearance of concrete, it provides an impervious shield allowing easy clean up of oil, grease, and chemical spills along with strong protection against impact and abrasives. Power wash or simply rinse off dirt and debris and let the surface dry completely before applying Rust Bullet. Two to three coats of Rust Bullet is usually sufficient for most concrete applications depending on the concrete's condition and existing damage. Rust Bullet is self leveling and can fill in cracks, gaps, and chips up to ¼ inch. If a slip resistant surface is desired, sprinkle silica or similar fine sand over a tacky coat of Rust Bullet, allow just enough time for the sand to adhere, and then apply the final coat of Rust Bullet.

Can Rust Bullet be used for Wrought Iron Fencing, Furniture, and Fixtures?

Rust Bullet Standard Formula (Gold Label) will provide superior protection from corrosion and abrasives to wrought iron fencing, furniture, and fixtures, adding years of life to the integrity of the steel. Prior to applying Rust Bullet, simply wire brush the rusted areas to remove loose or flaking rust; wash off any dirt and dust or oil film and let the surface dry completely. The best methods of application for wrought iron are a Close Nap Roller or an Airless Spray System; paint brush application will also work. Less expensive sprayers, such as a Wagner Power Sprayer, can be purchased for home use. Prior to using spray equipment, be sure to run Xylene or Toluene through the equipment to remove any moisture. Please see our Application Information and Guidelines for more detailed information on spray application. If black is the desired finished color for the wrought iron, use Rust Bullet BlackShell as a topcoat. BlackShell is formulated with specialized resins and anticorrosive agents and can be used as a stand alone anticorrosive coating that will protect iron and steel. Although BlackShell will easily out-perform other protective coatings, it will not produce the level of protection of the patented Rust Bullet standard or Rust Bullet Automotive formulas for fighting rust and corrosion. For a black finish with the absolute best rust and corrosion protection, apply BlackShell over Rust Bullet® standard or Rust Bullet® Automotive.

Is Rust Bullet recommended for use on a Chain-Link Fence?

Known for its strength and durability, chain-link is perhaps the most economical type of fencing available. Commercial chain-link fence systems have been preferred for decades to define property lines and enclose government and business facilities, adding protection, security, and value to commercial property. Fence manufacturers make products for many different uses including lightweight, temporary needs. The application of Inferior coatings may allow the components to rust prematurely. The result is a permanent installation made from materials that weren't designed for longevity. The protective coating will fail much sooner than loss of steel integrity. Many manufacturers offer warranties that apply only to the loss of structural integrity of the steel, meaning the product has rusted to the point that the strength of the steel is no longer there. Rust Bullet Standard Formula (Gold Label) will provide superior protection from corrosion and abrasives to chain-link fencing adding years of life to the integrity of the steel. Prior to applying Rust Bullet, simply wire brush the rusted areas to remove loose or flaking rust; wash off dirt and dust and let fence dry completely. The best tool for application to the chain mesh is a long-nap paint roller with a 1 1/2-inch nap; the longer the nap the better because the roller's fibers will reach through and around the fence material. Ideally both sides of the fence can be coated at the same time with the assistance of a co-worker. A brush should be used on the fence rails, posts, hardware, and horizontal supports. If an airless spray system is used a 517 tip size is recommended. It is important that the area behind the fence be protected from overspray.

Will Rust Bullet protect metal and concrete from Magnesium Chloride?

Magnesium chloride is used as a de-icer or anti-icer in many states. Magnesium chloride is available in dry or liquid form; either form is very effective in melting ice. It has been confirmed that magnesium chloride will cause significant damage to concrete and metal. Magnesium chloride is very corrosive and will stick to any surface when dry and react with moisture or water to corrode metal and concrete. It will affect concrete in two ways, either by a slow rate or a fast attack depending on the concentration and the conditions and circumstances. Rust Bullet will perform well to protect metal and concrete from direct contact with magnesium chloride. A very high concentration of magnesium chloride on a frequent basis will reduce the protective properties of any corrosion control coating, including Rust Bullet. Rust Bullet with its armor tuff coating will last longer and provide better protection than any other product available. A dry film thickness (dft) of 12 -15 mils will provide much greater protection to the surface than applying a dft of only 6 - 8 mils.

Is Rust Bullet an appropriate coating for use on an Air Duct?

Rust Bullet will provide excellent protection for an Air Duct System. We recommend not running air through the system for 72 hours after the final coat of Rust Bullet has been applied. Rust Bullet will encapsulate the rusted areas adding strength to the coated surfaces.

Can Rust Bullet be used on Gasoline Tanks?

Rust Bullet is not affected by gas itself. Rust Bullet was not, and is not, designed as a tank sealer on the inside of a tank. We have not tested for this application and can offer no promise as to what the outcome will be if used as such. Rust Bullet can be used on the exterior, but it was not designed for internal use on a gas tank.

Does Rust Bullet contain Lead?

Rust Bullet Products contain no Lead, no Zinc, no Chromates, no Acids, and no Heavy Metals. Our Products comply with Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) limits regulated by The Environmental Protection Agency and the more stringent regulations of the State of California.

Will Fertilizer and Lime effect Rust Bullet?

When properly applied, Rust Bullet will hold up extremely well to fertilizer and lime. For best results apply thin even coats of Rust Bullet to achieve a dry film thickness (dft) of 12 mils.

How does Rust Bullet Hold up to Diesel Fuel?

Rust Bullet will hold up to diesel fuel No.2 with no adverse effects. Rust Bullet will provide a chemical bond to the metal and the topcoat when properly applied and used in the recommended timeline.

Can a surface coated with Rust Bullet be Welded?

To ensure the welded metals are properly bonded, the Rust Bullet coating should be removed to expose the bare metal. It is possible to join two Rust Bullet coated metals by welding without removing Rust Bullet; the metal will join together but may not achieve the strong bond expected by the welding process. If metal coated with Rust Bullet, or another coating, is welded without removing the existing coating, the extreme heat involved in the welding process will disintegrate the coating possibly releasing harmful gases; therefore, the appropriate safety precautions, such as wearing a gas mask and safety goggles, must be followed.

Is Rust Bullet compatible with Cadmium?

Rust Bullet is compatible with Cadmium. Cadmium is mostly used in the electroplating of metal and steel. It is used as a form of corrosion protection. Before applying Rust Bullet on electroplated surfaces, the surface must be clean and free of grease and wax.

Can Rust Bullet be used on Concrete or Steel Swimming Pools?

Rust Bullet will provide outstanding protection to a concrete or steel swimming pool. Apply two to three coats over the clean dry surface. There will not be any bleed through with the use of Rust Bullet and the surface will be sealed, protected and ready for the application of a new pool coating. We suggest using specialized spray-on pool liner paint after applying two to three coats of Rust Bullet. Rust Bullet will provide excellent protection to the concrete or steel and the pool liner paint will give the pool that natural blue color as well as stop any water penetration.

What if my project requires a faster recoat time? Do I have to wait the recommended 2 to 4 hours between coats?

Rust Bullet requires waiting 2 to 4 hours between coats; however, Rust Bullet Rapid Fire Accelerator can be added to the Rust Bullet Standard or Rust Bullet Automotive formulas to decrease the normal recoat time of 2 to 4 hrs to approximately 30 to 40 minutes per coat. Rapid Fire makes it possible to apply multiple coats of Rust Bullet in a single day and reduces project completion time by as much as 80%. A Rust Bullet coating accelerated with Rapid Fire can be applied with either an HVLP Spray System or an Airless Spray System. IMPORTANT: Rust Bullet Rapid Fire Accelerator is added to the Rust Bullet coating at the job site; it can not be added until you are ready for application. As soon as Rapid Fire has been added, the curing process begins. Pot time is approximately 6 hours. Only mix Rapid Fire Accelerator into the quantity of Rust Bullet that will be used within a 6 hr period.

When can I apply a Topcoat if I have coated my project with a Rust Bullet coating that has been accelerated with Rapid Fire?

After applying the final coat of Rust Bullet Standard or Rust Bullet Automotive that has been accelerated with Rapid Fire, wait approximately 24 hours before applying a Topcoat.

Will I have problems with the application of Rust Bullet if I am located in an area with High Humidity?

If humidity is too high (80% +), it will adversely affect the curing and adhesion process. A couple of things can be done to minimize the adverse affects of high humidity, if necessary: 1. Provide air circulation or an air flow that vents the air away from the coated surface. 2. Apply Rust Bullet by brush. A brush application tends to trap less air and moisture and is therefore the best application method in a high humidity zone. Apply additional, thinner coats rather than fewer, thicker coats. This will help eliminate the formation of bubbles or blisters on the coating surface which can occur if the co2 and solvents cannot be expelled. The formation of humidity bubbles or blisters can result in poor adhesion, which in turn, may need re-sanding and a touch up.

Can Rust Bullet be used instead of Standard Military Paint?

Rust Bullet has strong resistance to chemicals and abrasives in addition to its superior patented technologies for controlling rust and corrosion. Rust Bullet more than qualifies as a replacement to the CARC paint system and is a lot easier and safer to handle. Rust Bullet can be easily top coated with the U.S. Army’s standard army green paint. Rust Bullet has been awarded a Schedule Contract with the General Services Administration (GSA), one of the world's largest suppliers of quality products to government buyers. Due to the versatility of Rust Bullet, the GSA has listed Rust Bullet under, not one, but four Special Item Numbers (SIN). A SIN is a category for the functionality of a product. Rust Bullet can be obtained by United States Government Customers directly from Rust Bullet, LLC (now listed as a GSA Schedule Contractor), or through the GSA Advantage!® Online Shopping and Ordering System using the URL: http://www.gsaadvantage.gov. To purchase Rust Bullet through GSA Advantage! enter Rust Bullet in the search feature of the GSA Advantage! Catalog. 1.Rust Bullet GSA Contract Number: GS-06F-0050R 2. GSA Schedule Number: 51V 3. Rust Bullet Cage Code: 3E9H7 Some of the United States Government Military and Non Military Agencies currently using Rust Bullet: 1. Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA) 2. United States Department of Transportation, (DOT) 3. United States Navy 4. United States Army 5. United States Marine Corps 6. United States Naval Undersea Warfare Centers 7. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array (VLA), one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories

Can Rust Bullet be Top Coated?

Rust Bullet is metallic gray in color and requires no topcoat. If a finished color other than metallic gray is desired, Rust Bullet can be top coated between 24 to 48 hours after the final coat has been applied. Rust Bullet is compatible with most conventional top coat paints. Rust Bullet BlackShell is formulated specifically as the optimum topcoat for both Rust Bullet formulas if a smooth glossy black finish is desired. BlackShell is scratch and chip resistant, UV resistant, as well as, resistant to Acid Splash and Chemical Solvents. BlackShell is an excellent protective stand alone coating, requiring no basecoat or topcoat. BlackShell will easily outperform other protective coatings; however, the unbeatable combination of BlackShell over Rust Bullet or Rust Bullet Automotive will provide the absolute best protection against rust and corrosion available today.

Can BlackShell provide protection for Industrial and Commercial Projects?

Rust Bullet BlackShell can be used on bare steel and will provide very good rust and corrosion protection. BlackShell is formulated with specialized resins and anticorrosive agents and can be used as a stand alone anticorrosive coating that will protect iron and steel. Although BlackShell will easily outperform other coatings on bare steel it will not produce the level of protection of the patented Rust Bullet standard or Rust Bullet Automotive formulas for fighting rust and corrosion. For the absolute best rust and corrosion protection available, apply BlackShell over Rust Bullet standard or Rust Bullet® Automotive.

Is Rust Bullet recommended for use on a Chain Link Fence?

Known for its strength and durability, chain-link is perhaps the most economical type of fencing available. Commercial chain-link fence systems have been preferred for decades to define property lines, adding protection, security, and value to homes and farms. Fence manufacturers make products for many different uses including lightweight, temporary needs. The application of Inferior coatings may allow the components to rust prematurely. The result is a permanent installation made from materials that weren't designed for longevity. The protective coating will fail much sooner than loss of steel integrity. Many manufacturers offer warranties that apply only to the loss of structural integrity of the steel, meaning the product has rusted to the point that the strength of the steel is no longer there. Rust Bullet Standard Formula (Gold Label) will provide superior protection from corrosion and abrasives to chain-link fencing adding years of life to the integrity of the steel. Prior to applying Rust Bullet, simply wire brush the rusted areas to remove loose or flaking rust; wash off dirt and dust and let fence dry completely. The best tool for application to the chain mesh is a long-nap paint roller with a 1 1/2-inch nap; the longer the nap the better because the roller's fibers will reach through and around the fence material. Ideally both sides of the fence can be coated at the same time with the assistance of a co-worker. A brush should be used on the fence rails, posts, hardware, and horizontal supports. If an airless spray system is used a 517 tip size is recommended. It is important that the area behind the fence be protected from overspray.

What topcoat can be used on Rust Bullet

Rust Bullet requires no topcoat however the final coat of Rust Bullet can be top coated after 24 hours with most conventional topcoat paints compatible with aluminium surfaces , due to the large number of coatings available it is recommended to check manufactures guidelines and use the appropriate primer where recommended for a particular topcoat. Water based or latex paints are not recommended to be applied directly to Rust Bullet.