FAQ: General Information about Rust Bullet Rust Treatment Products

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What is Rust and How does it Form?

Rust is a reddish-brown oxide coating formed on iron or steel by the action of oxygen and moisture. Rust occurs when things made from iron are exposed to damp conditions and the iron gets reddish brown flakes on it. 1. Rust happens when iron, water and oxygen mix together. This is called oxidation. 2. Rust is a chemical reaction that creates a new substance called Iron Oxide. 3. The oxidation weakens the metal allowing it to break much easier. Rust is the chemical combination of iron with oxygen. It's an example of a very common and very important type of chemical change: OXIDATION, the combining of a material with oxygen. (There is a second meaning of oxidation which is broader and includes reactions that don't involve oxygen.) Rust happens quite naturally, when iron contacts air. The air is about 1/5 oxygen gas. When a car is "rust-proofed" it is coated with a substance so that the oxygen in the air can't reach the iron. Take a look at an older car that has scratches on it. See how the red rust forms in the scratches, where the air can get at the metal? You can speed up the rusting process by heating the iron, or adding water or saltwater. If you'd like to make rust, just leave an iron nail or piece of sheet iron in a jar of water or saltwater. Pretty soon the surface will be coated with a red flakey compound: iron oxide, or rust. This falls off and exposes the next layer of iron to the air, and the iron will continue to rust. Almost all metals oxidize, and form OXIDES (compounds with oxygen). But not all metals form weak flakey compounds when they oxidize. For example, aluminum forms a very strong compound called aluminum oxide. This aluminum oxide forms a tough "skin" on the surface of the aluminum, preventing air from reaching the inner layers of metal. So the aluminum is protected from the air by its "rust" or oxide. A recently released two-year breakthrough study estimates the annual direct cost of corrosion in the United States to be $276 billion. While this is a sizeable number, larger than many of the world's economies, it has been estimated that 25-30% of the total, or $70-80 billion, could be saved by using state-of-the-art corrosion management practices. In addition to the cost savings, corrosion can result in public and industrial safety issues. Rust has been a problem which humanity has been fighting since the dawn of the Iron Age. If it is made of iron or steel, it will rust and corrode if left unprotected. Although various prevention strategies have been discovered and developed, they all had flaws and short comings that limited their usefulness. They were either very complicated to apply, required multiple steps with a highly trained work force and ideal working conditions, or they were simple to apply but didn’t work very well or last very long. Keeping this in mind, a scientific research team was brought together to solve this age old problem. After three years of extensive scientific testing, we developed a simple, easy to apply, rust/corrosion control product that is more effective on both clean metal and rusty metal than any other (in the field use) product on the market. Because this formula had such phenomenal results, we decided to bring it to market, calling it Rust Bullet®. IT KILLS RUST!

Corrosion Control Products:

There are several hundred corrosion control products manufactured around the world, each one with it's own advantages and disadvantages. For the consumer client the most important factor is cost. The cheaper the product the more interest is generated. However, if the cheap product worked, you would not be reading about Rust Bullet Products. The fact is corrosion control is not a simple ABC process. Rust Bullet Products are unique in that they do not require intricate, complicated and time consuming surface preparation prior to application. Our Products are simple to apply which means saving money and manpower. Many inexpensive corrosion products have many hidden costs and end up more expensive as they require extensive preparation and then require UV Protective coatings, and that cost money, labor and time. Additionally many of these products also offer no warranty, unlike Rust Bullet. Rust Bullet Products have been extensively tested and exceed all the international standards required of a corrosion product. Consumers using Rust Bullet Products enjoy longevity of their assets. Equipment and vehicles last longer and structures show less wear. Rust Bullet protects your investment and the environment in which we live. More equipment in our world is destroyed by rust and corrosion than any other element.

What is the Difference between a Rust Converter and a Rust Inhibitive Coating?

A Rust Converter changes the composition of rust into another form of Iron which over time also will rust. Rust Bullet does not convert rust. It does not alter or change rust into something else. Rust Bullet killls rust by dehydrating the moisture out of rust then expelling the moisture through its pores using our Patented New Technology. Rust can not thrive without moisture. That’s why with our air tight armor like coating, Rust Bullet is the only rust inhibitor in the Industry to make this statement. When Rust Bullet is properly applied it comes with a 10 year warranty. No other product can stand by such a statement.

The Birth of Rust Bullet:

The Birth Place of Rust Bullet lies with our own government. Rust Bullet was originally designed to go onto the wing tips of military Jet Fighters that reached speeds well over Mach - 2 (twice the speed of sound) Rust Bullet protected the wing tips from severe corrosion, chipping, and other damage involved from maneuvers in a high speed environment.

How Do Rust Bullet Products Kill Rust?

Rust Bullet product completely dehydrates the rust through a dual patented process. In effect completely eliminating as well as encapsulating the rusted areas armor like coating which will add strength and durability to the rusted area. properly applied Rust Bullet comes with a 10 year Warranty. Depending upon application it may be as little as a two to three coat application equaling a total thickness of 6 mils that is required. Rust Bullet is a moisture cured Product dehydrates the rust and expels the dehydrated gases through its pores. This takes many hours. Humidity will excel the process. Only pour out what you can an hour or so. Never pour unused Rust Bullet back into the original container.

How Good Is Rust Bullet?

Rust Bullet® is such a versatile product that there are countless applications. We at Rust Bullet LLC are constantly being amazed at the ingenuity of our customers by the variety of uses to which they put our products. Rust Bullet is a One Step Two Coat Moisture Cured Urethane Based Patented Product that penetrates through and dehydrates the rust, sealing the surface area with armor like coating. When properly applied Rust Bullet will protect the treated area for at least 10 years. Rust Bullet® is a super-tough, high-performance; Industrial grade rust inhibitive coating that can be applied directly over rusty or clean surfaces providing permanent rust protection with phenomenal adhesion. Rust Bullet® is very resistant to Acid Splash and Chemical Solvents it Protects Iron, Steel, Galvanized Aluminum, and Sheet Metal to name a few surfaces. Rust Bullet® not only provides excellent protection for Concrete Floors and Leaking Concrete Roofs, it Protects Wood, and Fiberglass. Our products have been used to treat surfaces such as; Trailers, Asphalt Surfaces, Parking Lots, Tennis Courts, Automobiles, Ships, Trains, Roofs, Oil Refineries, Waste Water Treatment Plants, Decorative Ironwork, to name a few.

Why Doesn't Rust Bullet Come in Colors?

Here at Rust Bullet we feel it's to everyone's best interest not to color our product. Any time a product in our field is colorized something has to be given up. That one thing is Durability which we do not choose to give up. Colorizing a product such as ours would drastically reduce the long lasting staying power of the product by approximately 40%. That’s why Rust Bullet is one of the only products in our classification that offers a 10 year warranty. We will not compromise quality for color. Rust bullet is metallic grey in color and will accept a top coat of your choice if colorizing is desired. We now have Rust Bullet BlackShell Gloss Black available. It is just about as tuff and durable as our regular Rust Bullet product. BlackShell is scratch and chip resistant, UV resistant, and also resistant to Acid Splash and Chemical Solvents.

What is the PH of rust bullet?

Slightly Acidic

Galvanic Corrosion between Two Dissimilar Metals:

Rust Bullet will prevent the chemical action between the two metals.

What is the Temperature Range for Applying Rust Bullet?

Optimum temperature range to apply Rust Bullet® is 35°F (2°C) to 110°F (43°C). Never apply Rust Bullet® while raining or under threat of rain.

What is the Shelf Life of Rust Bullet Products?

Shelf life of unopened containers is approximately two years. Opened containers shelf life is approximately 3- 4 Months. The storage ranges are: A low of 33 Degrees to a High of 120 Degrees. Rust Bullet is a specialized moisture cured product. Containers that have been opened should be used up in a few months. A protective element, heavier than air, is added on top of Rust Bullet Products at the factory. It escapes from the can when the lid is removed exposing the contents to the outside atmosphere. Humidity will also affect any open container Rust Bullet should not be exposed to the outside air for any length of time. Pour out what you intend to use and put the lid back on right away. For best results only pour out what you intend to use up in about an hour or so. Put the lid right back on the can as soon as you pour out what you need to use. Never pour any unused product back into the original container as this may cause contamination.

What is the Difference between a Rust Converter and a Rust Inhibitive Coating?

A Rust Converter changes the composition of rust into another form of Iron which over time also will rust. Rust Bullet does not convert rust. It does not alter or change rust into something else. Rust Bullet killls rust by dehydrating the moisture out of rust then expelling the moisture through its pores using our Patented New Technology. Rust can not thrive without moisture. That’s why with our air tight armor like coating, Rust Bullet is the only rust inhibitor in the Industry to make this statement. When Rust Bullet is properly applied it comes with a 10 year warranty. No other product can stand by such a statement.

Do Rust Bullet Products Contain Lead or other Harmful Elements?

Rust Bullet contains no zinc, no chromates, no acids, and no heavy Metals, and complies with Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) limits regulated by The Environmental Protection Agency and the more stringent regulations of the State of California. Rust Bullet is DOT unregulated on the ground shipment.

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.

Do you have a technical / engineering data sheet?

Yes please click on the Technical Data and MSDS tab on the home page.