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What Causes Rust?

Posted Jan 6th, 2021

Rust is a common problem that affects various types of metals. It is a reddish-brown coating that forms on the surface of metals when they come in contact with water or moisture. Rust is not only unsightly but can also weaken the metal and cause it to deteriorate over time. In this blog, we will explore the causes of rust and how it can be prevented.

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The primary cause of rust is the reaction between iron, oxygen, and water. This reaction is called oxidation, and it results in the formation of iron oxide, which is the main component of rust. The presence of water is crucial to the process because it allows oxygen to react with the iron. When metal is exposed to water, a thin layer of water molecules forms on its surface. Oxygen molecules from the air can then dissolve in the water and react with the iron, resulting in the formation of rust.

The process of rust formation is accelerated by several factors, including:

  1. Exposure to saltwater or salt-containing environments - Saltwater contains salt, which accelerates the rusting process. Therefore, metal objects that are exposed to saltwater or salty environments are more prone to rusting.
  2. High humidity - High humidity levels increase the amount of moisture in the air, which can lead to the formation of rust on metal surfaces.
  3. Exposure to acidic substances - Acids can react with metal surfaces and cause them to rust. This is why it is important to clean up acidic spills immediately.
  4. Scratches and abrasions - Scratches and abrasions on metal surfaces can break the protective layer that prevents rust formation, allowing oxygen and water to come into contact with the metal.

Preventing rust requires a combination of measures that can help reduce or eliminate the factors that cause rust. These measures include:

    Fertan® rust remover is a powerful rust removal product that can dissolve and remove rust from metal surfaces quickly and efficiently. It is a non-toxic, water-based formula that does not harm the metal surface or the environment. Fertan® rust remover can be used on a wide range of metal surfaces, including iron, steel, and other metals that are prone to rust.

    After using Fertan® rust remover, it is important to apply a rust inhibitor to prevent further rust formation. Fertan® rust inhibitor is a long-lasting, protective coating that can be applied to metal surfaces to prevent rust from forming. It works by forming a barrier between the metal surface and the environment, blocking out moisture and oxygen that can cause rust to form. Fertan® rust inhibitor is easy to apply and can be used on a wide range of metal surfaces.

    In addition to using rust inhibitor, it is also recommended to use a rust primer to further protect metal surfaces from rust. Fertan® rust primer is a high-quality, fast-drying primer that can be used on a variety of metal surfaces. It is designed to provide long-lasting protection against rust and corrosion and can be used on both interior and exterior metal surfaces.

    To prevent rust formation in the first place, it is important to take preventive measures. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help remove any dirt or debris that can cause scratches or abrasions on metal surfaces, which can lead to rust formation. Using rust-resistant metals, such as stainless steel, can also help reduce the risk of rust formation. However, if rust does form, using Fertan® rust remover, inhibitor, and primer can help prevent further rust formation and protect the metal surface.

    In conclusion, rust can be prevented and treated effectively with the use of proper rust removal and prevention products, such as Fertan® rust remover, inhibitor, and primer. By taking preventive measures and using these products, you can prolong the life of your metal objects and keep them looking as good as new for years to come.

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