Rust is another name for corrosion. Corrosion results in materials breaking down. Many objects are susceptible to rust when they come into contact with moisture. The lengthy list of such objects includes cars, appliances, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, outdoor furniture and driveways. In most cases rust forms as a result of an electrochemical process between water and an object, usually metal. But fabrics, stone, ceramic tiles and porcelain are also subject to rusting. It is a good idea to protect objects from rusting.
Using rust protection methods is an effective way to stop rust from forming on an object. The best solution is to remove any rust as soon as it appears. Rust spreads if not removed. Over time this leads to serious rust holes or rust-through. These rust holes severely damage an object. Not only are the rust holes unattractive but in the cases of cars and appliances, some rust holes can damage the object beyond repair.
Most people are familiar with reddish brown rust. This is the color of iron rust. But other metals like aluminum and chrome have a silvery rust color. Brass can have a greenish rust color. It is important to know which metal you are dealing with to protect it from further rusting.
The easiest way to protect an object from rusting is to keep it dry. When moisture combines with the metal rust can form if the protective rust-proof coating has worn away. Drying objects after use such as tools, sporting equipment and appliances helps to reduce the chances of rusting. Storing objects in a dry place also helps to protect against rust. Humid basements or garages are not good storage places for objects prone to rusting like metal. Another easy way to keep objects rust-free is to keep them in cool and dark places. Heat and sunlight accelerate rust formation.
Most objects have a rust-proof coating on them to resist rust. But this protective coating wears off during the frequent use of an object. There are ways to reapply this coating. Hardware stores and home improvement stores sell rust-inhibiting primers, rust-proof primers and similar products. It is easy to brush on a primer using a paint brush. For small objects clear nail polish is an effective rust-proof coating. For touch-up these are rust-inhibiting and rust-proofing paint in a variety of colors. There are now products that have the primer and paint in one product. Read the directions on the label to make certain the primer or paint you are using is suitable for the material you want to rust-proof.
For other products, regular maintenance is the best way to protect against rust. Automotive waxes resist moisture. Similar waxes and oils are made for skis, skateboards, guns and other types of sporting equipment. Other objects and materials have their own unique ways of reapplying a rust-proof coating. For example cast iron pots and pans are re-seasoned (or made rust-proof) by applying a thin layer of vegetable oil. Other metals do well with a layer of mineral oil or mineral spirits on the item. The oil protects the object from rusting.
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