A boat owner’s greatest enemy is indeed a force of nature, but it isn’t ominous stormy skies or even towering walls of rough-water waves. It’s rust. Silent. Invisible until its damage is underway. And it costs U.S. boat owners – including the government – billions.
That’s billions with a “b” and makers of Zerust VCI capsules for boats know it’s no exaggeration. The Government Accountability Office reported in 2011 that corrosion costs the department $23 billion – per year. It’s responsible for the junking of 16 percent of military assets, including $2.4 billion in U.S. Navy ships. It creates safety hazards, decays our infrastructure and erodes our the readiness of military – or your plans for a Sunday sailing excursion.
“Rust Never Sleeps” is a common saying of boat owners – one that became the title of a book on the fascinating global impact of rust – written by an author intrigued after a boat he bought with friends became a constant money pit, thanks to rust. (“Rust Never Sleeps” is also the title of a 1970’s live album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, which has nothing to do with preventing boat rust, though one of the tracks is titled, “Sail Away.”)
Boat rust is an ever-present threat for boats, particularly in saltwater, because boats are made with a lot of metal, and the formulation for rust development is ferrous metal exposed to oxygen and moisture.
Heirloom silver serving trays, dishes, platters, teapots, candlesticks and utensils add a touch of tradition and elegance to holiday festivities. Unfortunately, keeping these pieces timeless requires special care to prevent silver tarnish from taking hold.
Tarnish, also known as silver sulfide, is that black film that accumulates over time on silver, giving it an appearance of grimy rather than gleaming. It’s the result of a chemical reaction that can be caused simply by exposure of silver surfaces to sulfides present in air, water or materials like felt. Silver is especially vulnerable in high-humidity or when an accumulation of oils or chemicals has built up, usually having rubbed off from skin contact.
If silver tarnish forms, a quick soap-and-water scrub isn’t going to cut it. It must be removed through tedious polishing. (The editors of Southern Living said that to refer to the task as time-consuming is “an understatement,” and recommend hosts set themselves to the chore three days in advance of a festive gathering.) Shortcuts can leave your cherished pieces worse for the wear. Some silver tarnish removers promise expedited polishing, but can pose a risk of damaging the surface quality of each piece.
With the northern hemisphere now firmly in winter’s icy grip, extra precaution is critical to keeping your weapons safe from the clutches of cold weather. Gun rust prevention in winter doesn’t need to be costly or time-consuming, but it must consider several factors:
- Composition of metal components;
- Temperature of storage areas;
- Humidity levels.
Proactive gun rust prevention in winter is critical to prevent degradation and breakage of the firearm. The same problems can impact ammunition. This kind of wear isn’t just unsightly. It can be deadly.
To safely and effectively shield your firearms from the unforgiving elements of winter, Zerust has an array of products to fit your use and storage plan.
From ever-expanding in-vehicle dashboard entertainment to the smartphones that have become so ubiquitous, our economy is reliant on technology, which in turn is reliant on electronics. That makes electronics rust prevention a core priority as our communications, transportation and economy grows more tech-savvy.
New analysis from data firm Zion Market Research revealed the electronics industry’s demand for water-resistant nano coating technologies is going to spike substantially in the next two years, climbing to $6.85 billion by 2020. The “water-resistant” subcategory of tech research is the fastest-growing, and it’s not just smartphones. Everything from sensors to workplace monitors, connected home devices to transportation infrastructure and city design can benefit from some type of liquid protection – and electronics rust prevention – is critical, especially if they are regularly used outside. This has spurred the auto industry too to express an interest.
It’s unclear, though, how realistic it is to expect these future devices to be completely rust-proof. After all, even “stainless steel” products promise rust resistance, but the truth is, none are totally immune to rust. Plus, nano coating is retroactive either, meaning the devices you already own still need electronics rust prevention.
Why Do Electronics Rust?
Car rust prevention is at the forefront of the minds of many vehicle owners residing in flood-prone areas, as record rains and flooding have hit numerous areas of the country hard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns firstly that consumers to be wary that once-water-logged vehicles can rapidly become rust pits. Secondly, buyers need to be wary of unscrupulous dealers who repair and resell affected cars that in reality are better suited to a junkyard.
Zerust car rust prevention experts can explain that water has the potential to ruin all kinds of mechanical systems, electronics and lubricants. You might not notice it for a month or possibly for several years. Eventually, though, that corrosion catches up, eating its way through essential electronic components, including airbag controllers. The reason these second-hand dealers get away with hawking water-damaged vehicles is that the rust damage isn’t always glaring. You may not see it without a trained eye, and the vehicle may appear to run just fine. But the long-term reality is the long-term effects will follow that vehicle for the extent of its life.
Unfortunately, even when an insurer declares a flooded car a total loss, that fact isn’t always passed along to potential buyers, despite laws requiring retention of salvage titles and banning their registration prior to necessary repair and inspection, after which it can receive a rebuilt title. Too often, Consumer Reports found these cars pop up on the market with clean titles. If you’re examining a used car for which seller is offering only a bill of sale or who has “lost” the title beware. If you’re suspicious of the car’s history but don’t want to miss out on a bad sale, you can check out the National Motor Vehicle Title System, a tool for consumers to tackle this so-called “title washing.” Carfax offers free flood damage checks as well. That won’t guarantee your vehicle is problem-free, so it’s also a good idea to get a rust check from a mechanic too.
Figure skating season is well under way and hockey season officially started this month. If it’s been a while since you broke out your blades, you may have been dismayed to notice an accumulation of rust.
Zerust skate guard covers are key to blocking corrosion and rust before they take hold. Rusty skates not only inhibit your performance, they can pose a safety problem for skaters. Plus, your skates are investment, and you don’t want to be unnecessarily replacing them.
Understanding why your ice skates rust – and what you can do to prevent it – will keep your blades beautiful for many seasons to come.
Motorcycle rust is a major concern for dedicated riders. It’s most likely to rear its ugly head after a long winter of improper storage (a horror some riders refer to as “garbage rot”). Most riders aren’t displaying their bikes off-season as art installations in their climate-controlled living rooms. Rather, they are kept in a garage, next to the car or exercise equipment. Unless that facility is weather-tight, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise come spring. A carelessly-stored bike can quickly become rust-ridden, with the piston rings, gas tank and body panel often the most susceptible initially.
Preventing motorcycle rust during storage doesn’t have to be a major chore. You have likely invested thousands in your bike, so a little extra care and prep is in order to keep your ride in top shape. Understand the cold temperature isn’t the greatest threat, but rather the moisture. That’s why plastic covers a bad way to go. It might shield the bike from dust, but it’s going to trap menacing moisture, which makes your bike even more rust-prone.
Zerust motorcycle covers help prevent motorcycle rust with non-toxic VCI (vapor corrosion inhibitor) technology woven into the breathable fiber. Our product was specifically recommended last year by the dedicated riders at UltimateMotorcycling.com.
If you’re someone who loves power tools, you probably cringe at the idea of having to check them out one-at-a-time at a hardware store like it’s a library. You want to have the right tool on hand when you need it.
To keep your power tools in good shape and make the investment worthwhile, it’s essential to keep power tool rust at bay while they’re in storage, whether that’s near your garage work bench, backyard shed or a toolbox you keep in your closet. But among those choices, what’s the best storage options to stop power tool rust from forming? You’ll need to consider the size of your collection, the climate of the storage space and whether there is a risk moisture or open air.
As noted by OSHA, a wide range of handheld tools (bolts, blades, chains and more) contain iron or steel components. As our rust prevention experts at Zerust know, these metals are highly susceptible to the chemical oxidation process that causes rust. Anytime there is interaction with iron (or ferrous derivative metal) plus oxygen plus moisture, there’s danger of rust forming. This is especially true with power tools because they have so many cracks and crevices that may be prone to pitting. One small nick or dint, and it won’t be long before rust takes over.
When it comes to metal patio furniture, there are basically two kinds: One you grab for under $20 and pitch when rust inevitably starts to eat away. The other, you have every hope it will last a good 10- to 20-years – at least. Whether a sharp-angled simple bistro set made of stainless steel (which, yes, CAN rust under certain conditions) or sprawling wrought iron chairs cast from hand-carved molds forged into intricate patterns, ensuring you prevent rust of this pieces is much preferable to trying to fight it once it encroaches.
All patio furniture takes a fair amount of abuse with exposure to direct sun, rain and wind, the jostling and clanging of regular use, drips of food or drinks and oils and sunscreen from our skin. Top-grade outdoor metal tables and chairs withstand all that better than the cheap stuff, but it’s going to starting pitting and peeling much sooner than you’d like if you aren’t careful to prevent rust from forming.
If you live in a colder climate, you’ll want to take action now during autumn to prevent rust and prepare your outdoor furniture for winter storage.
Any chef (or even serious home cook) knows the importance of fresh ingredients, simple techniques and a few high-quality tools. Most concur on the most important tool: The kitchen knife.
Knives are used in preparation of pretty much every dish of all types and flavors. But like any other metal tool, knives can be at risk of corrosion. Kitchen knife rust prevention keeps knives sharper (less knife slippage means more control in cutting, so the cook doesn’t risk a cut and the slices are consistent).
While you can snag a knife for almost any price, the cutting board experts at TheKitchn.com point out some top-of-the-line cutlery can cost some serious coin – upwards of $1,000. In general, those who want a knife that’s going to last are going to shell out at least $50 to $100. That might seem like a steep price, but considering it’s you’re most utilized utensil, most agree that range is actually quite a bargain.
If you’re like us, you’re trying to cram in all the last-minute BBQ’ing you possibly can before summer is officially over. Unfortunately, even some of the best quality BBQ tools may be prone to rust. Keeping your BBQ tools rust-free doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
Zerust vapor capsules and anti-tarnish drawer liners – both part of our anti-tarnish products line – can help BBQ connoisseurs keep their metal spatulas, tongs, grill brushes, charcoal rakes, roasting sticks, skewers, corers, meat hooks, pig tail flippers, meat claw lifters, grill cleaning brushes and temperature probes all rust-free. These products can be simply placed in whatever storage container or drawer you use for these tools to provide up to five years of rust-free protection, are odor-free, non-toxic, food safe and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration specifically for kitchen use.
Those who pride themselves on their grilled cuisine often invest in pricier grilling equipment – and it’s worth it for the perfect juicy burger or chicken pineapple kabobs. But you don’t want to have to replace these utensils every year if you can avoid it. There is plenty of instructive information on how to remove rust from BBQ grill tools, but it’s a whole lot easier – and less time-consuming – to prevent rust from forming in the first place if possible.
Why Rust-Free BBQ Tools Are a Priority
BBQ tools are subject to all sorts of abuse, including:
- High temperatures;
- Grease splatters;
- Exposure to the elements (especially if left unprotected outdoors).
Gun rust has been around as long as firearms have been made of metal (which is to say, always). Sports enthusiasts, hunters, law enforcement officers and those with concealed carry licenses – they may all take great caution to ensure the gun is properly cleaned, oiled and stored in a cool, dry place. However, a gun storage plan that involves anything less than vapor corrosion inhibitors won’t guarantee your weapon stays rust-free – especially in the summer. Gun barrels and metal receivers are particularly vulnerable.
Why Summer Raises the Risk of Gun Rust
Technically, your firearm and/ or its components can be at risk of rust any time of year. Guns are metal objects and any metal that comes in contact with oxygen and moisture can be exposed to potential corrosion. Carry guns have especially high rates of rust, given that they are often in frequent contact with the oils of human skin.
Sweat in particular can cause more gun rust because in addition to the moisture, our sweat is high in salinity. Salt is also corrosive. The hotter it is, the more we sweat, and if we do so while handling a piece, there is a greater likelihood it’s going to be exposed to damaging moisture and salt. Plus more people are using and handling their guns at outdoor ranges when the weather is nicer. Even if you have a favorite indoor range you use in the dead of winter, you probably aren’t sweating bullets there.
But another reason summer may be especially risky for your gun is that general humidity levels in the air are higher than usual.
Metal at rest will rust. That’s just reality. It’s a problem NACE International once concluded cost the U.S. a stunning $276 billion annually in losses. Everything from bicycle spokes to battleships – nothing is immune. The good news is, we’ve gotten better at keeping it at bay.
VCI corrosion protection technology was first developed in early half of the 20th century, marking an incredible advancement, though initially employed for limited use on only a few specific items (mainly pipes and boiler systems on large ships). However, it wasn’t long before a wide range of other industries began to recognize the potential of VCI and began exploring it, though concerns about toxicity kept it from really taking off for a while.
Today, Zerust’s patented VCI corrosion protection technology is non-toxic, environmentally friendly AND effective in helping to preserve all kinds of metals, including those in firearms, motor vehicles, metal tools, heirloom silver and more.
The Science Behind VCI
VCI is short for “volatile corrosion inhibitor,” used interchangeably with the term “vapor corrosion inhibitor.” As noted by research in the journal Metal Finishing, VCIs are a class of chemical compounds that volatize into the air to inhibit corrosion on metal surfaces. The vapors form a very thin film on metal surfaces, which in turn make those surfaces passive to the corrosion process.
An estimated 10.5 million people in the U.S. live in homes wherein one or more resident owns an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Through the mud, snow, ice or other rough turf, we put our ATVs through a world of punishment – and these machines are tough enough to tackle most all of it. However, one challenge your ATV is unlikely to easily overcome is rust.
Some ATV owners use an ATV cover, but unless the cover specifically has rust prevention technology woven into the fabric, it’s unlikely to prevent rust from forming in either temporary or seasonal storage.
ATV rust can be a real drag, almost always requiring some repair, which is expensive, especially if you don’t catch it right away. It also means between the time the rust is discovered and you can get your quad back from a mechanic, you’re sidelined. The high cost could mean you’re grounded for weeks. If you plan on selling the ATV soon or even just somewhere down the line, that rust is going to be a direct blow to the resale value. If you ignore the rust, you could be risking the safety of you and your riders (particularly children under 16, who account for an estimated 28,000 serious ATV injuries annually).
Bike rust should be a concern for all cyclists, whether they bike to work, ride competitively or just occasionally hop on for recreation. A decent bike will run you anywhere from a few hundred bucks up to more than $8,000, with the average being about $1,000, according to Consumer Reports. Keeping rust at bay is essential part of bike maintenance, important not just to keep the bike looking nice but also in safe, working condition. Zerust offers effective, long-lasting rust protection for bicycles in the form of bicycle covers.
All modern bikes are composed of some form of metal, typically some combination of steel, aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber. There are pros and cons to each element, and every bikers needs will be slightly different (i.e., some need a lighter bike, some are looking for a ride with greater bulk).
As noted in the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry, steel rusts when it comes in contact with water and oxygen – and even faster in or around salty water. Steel is often the most preferable of bike frames because it is so durable (and can even be bent back into shape and re-welded, unlike aluminum frames). Aluminum does not rust, but it can be prone to corrosion.Titanium is one of the most resistant, thanks to its passive oxide film, but it’s not totally immune and can be susceptible to crevice attack and pitting at higher temperatures. Carbon fiber generally won’t rust or corrode, but it also tends to be brittle, meaning if any component breaks, cyclists may be better off tossing it and buying a new bike altogether, as any fixes are likely to be unreliable. Even then, most bikes are made with a mix of materials, so cyclists with all types of bikes must be mindful of bike rust.
The motor vehicle industry has made significant strides in shielding new cars from rust ravages. New and improved body design and coatings have slashed the risk of both galvanic and simple corrosion. But don’t toss car rust prevention plans out the window just yet. There is substantial evidence rust hasn’t been entirely erased from the reliability concerns that have long plagued car owners.
Better Design Means Lower Car Rust Risk
In the mid-1990s, rust damage was such a serious and pervasive problem for vehicle owners, it cost $300 billion annually in repairs, according to CarTalk.com. It was around that time vehicle manufacturers started coating steel components with zinc, improving their paints and designing vehicles without body pockets prone to trapping mud and moisture. Steel rocker panels were also replaced with plastic, reducing the potential for trapped moisture.
All of this is good news for car owners, but it hasn’t entirely eliminated the corrosion concerns. Although the bulk of corrosion occurs in the winter, most drivers only begin to notice its effects in springtime. Car rust prevention shouldn’t be overlooked by owners of newer model cars, no matter how fresh-off-the-lot. AAA has reported that road de-icers – specifically salt and chemical solutions – result in $3 billion annually in rust damage (nearly $15. billion over the course of five years).
And of course, owners of older and classic model cars are always going to wrestle with rust threat. People spend tens of thousands of dollars to restore these vehicles – only to leave them in a drafty garage covered by a thin sheet. It should be no surprise when rust sets in again. Some owners battle this problem with regular paint touch-ups, frequent undercarriage washing and steering clear of salt-lined roads or venturing out in rain or humidity. These are smart steps, but best topped off with Zerust car rust prevention tools, such as the car cover. Offering several years of protection, these covers do more than just shield against water, sun and other elements. They also provide the unique benefit of rust prevention with non-toxic, odorless vapors.
Boat rust prevention is an essential part of vessel maintenance, whether you have a dinghy or a bow rider.
Many boats are built with a wide range of metallic components, often exposed directly to the elements. When the metal boat parts make contact with the combination of oxygen and moisture – even when the boat is in storage – it’s the textbook recipe for rust. Salt water, high temperatures and excess humidity make a bad situation worse. And it’s not solely the exterior that’s at risk. Corrosion is a threat throughout, posing a hazard to the mast and rigging, the wires, the valves and steering systems.
Too many seafarers have had their boating seasons grounded by the failure to keep rust at bay.
Zerust boat rust prevention is vital to keeping your vessel in top shape. High-performance Vapor Capsules for Boats are a means of effectively controlling the hazard. Rust can be difficult to manage once it’s taken hold of your hull, but these capsules can help halt it from forming in the first place. The vessel structure, propeller, electrical systems and motor are all at risk.
Rust on electronics is an increasingly common problem in our modern world. Your PC, home entertainment gear, gaming equipment, electronics in your car or boat – all of it may be vulnerable to rust damage. Because rust on electronics and their components might not be readily detected, consumers often overlook it as a catalyst when there is a device or component failure. In reality, corrosion is becoming a significant factor in the reliability of electric and electronic equipment.
We often don’t think of rust on electronics as being a serious issue because it’s often invisible unless we can see inside. You may not notice a problem initially, but over time, the rust and corrosion can set in, causing the device to stop working.
Replacing these items can be incredibly expensive. One study published in The Open Corrosion Journal posits rusting of electric equipment costs an estimated $5 billion in the U.S. for repairs, downtime and replacements.
Rust protection for motorcycles – especially older bikes – is critical to keeping your ride running smoothly for years to come.
Countless sources on the web offer tips on motorcycle rust removal for bikers slapped with surprise oxidation while readying their bike for the first spring ride. Certainly, you’ll need to neutralize rust when you find it – Don’t ignore it! However, the best way to tackle this problem long-term is to prevent rust from developing in the first place.
Zerust motorcycle covers are the way to go for this. There are endless motorcycle cover products on the market, and certainly, you can find a few a bit cheaper. But these traditional covers only go so far. In fact, they may be part of the problem because all they do is keep the dust from collecting. They don’t keep moisture from collecting, and may even trap it in, exacerbating your risk of rust.
AAA reports approximately 70 percent of motorists in the U.S. are at risk for expensive, dangerous vehicle rust. Rust protection for cars is critical when you consider the alternative is hundreds of dollars annually in vehicle rust repairs necessitated by exposure to new chemicals now commonly used to de-ice the roads. Communities have shifted from using rock salt to chemical de-icers, finding the chemicals melt ice and snow faster than salt and have a lower freezing point, so they last longer. The trade-off is it’s more damaging to cars.
Last year, a AAA survey revealed that over the last five years, drivers racked up more than $15 billion in rust repairs attributed to roadway de-icing. The vehicle systems most vulnerable to rust include (but aren’t limited to):
- Fuel tanks
- Brake lines
- Exhaust systems
- Frame rails
- Electrical connections
Of course, de-icing is integral to safe winter driving, given that 22 percent of vehicle crashes (about 1.26 million), 19 percent of injuries and 16 percent of fatalities are weather-related, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Snow and ice impact vehicle performance (specifically, traction, stability and maneuverability). However, rust on cars is a real problem, and our rust prevention experts know it goes far beyond simple cosmetics.
Garden tool rust prevention is essential for any budding horticulturalist (or weekend warrior).
Gardening can quickly sap your energy, and we’ve all been guilty at some time or another of leaving gardening tools outside or tossing them in a tool box without a proper clean. But rusty tools are potentially hazardous. At minimum, they won’t work as well. Some gardeners shell out hundreds to replace rusted tools every season, while others simply give up. Beyond that, a simple slip of a rusted tool could leave you nursing a nasty cut (and rust in a wound bolsters the risk of infection, possibly with tetanus).
Taking good care of your tools (particularly pruning shears, which gum up easily and rust in short order) need not be a hassle or come at a premium. Zerust toolbox anti-rust technology – which includes toolbox drawer liners, vapor capsules for tool boxes and plastabs – helps keep your trowels, saws, hoes, hori hori knives and loppers in the best possible condition.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of search engine results for “how to get rid of rust on garden tools,” with DIY bloggers offering up a range of approaches, from vinegar mixes to sanding. We can’t vouch for those recommendations. What we CAN say is it’s unquestionably easier to protect tools from rust before it takes hold, as opposed to trying to get rid of it once it’s formed.
If you live in a cooler climate, chances are you aren’t giving much thought to your air conditioner right now. You should.
Air conditioner covers can help prevent system failures that require expensive repairs and replacement. Protecting your HVAC unit is important not just for winter, but year-round. While your air conditioner may be equipped to endure rain and snow, it’s probably not built to keep out leaves and other contaminants. These elements contain moisture that can inhibit the system’s built-in drainage components, resulting in corrosion. If you live in a warm, coastal environment, a good air conditioner cover is a must to fight corrosive salt in the air.
CED Engineering reports corrosion is responsible for 40 percent of all equipment failures of industrial HVAC units. It’s worth considering similar damage to residential outdoor air conditioning units.
Deer hunting rifles are en route to storage with the close of the 2017-2018 season. Chances are, you’ve invested enough money in that rifle to want to avoid finding a rust bucket when preparing for the next excursion. The good news is preventing rust is much easier than tracking down a white-tailed buck.
Using the best firearm rust prevention tools is important for protecting your investment, but also for keeping you and your hunting companions safe. Gun rust and corrosion are well-established causes of dangerous firearm malfunction.
The internet is packed with “do-it-yourself” firearm rust removal tutorials. These range from questionable (scraping with an old penny) to wacky (soaking the weapon in soda). Cheap? Sure. Effective? Rarely. Worse? You’re risking further damage to your rifle. Preventing rust before it forms is almost always better than trying to get rid of it once it’s already taken hold.
Firearm rust prevention experts at Zerust offer a range of methods guaranteed to preserve your deer hunting rifle – without pinching your pocketbook. These include proper cleaning tools, VCI rifle bags and vapor capsules for weapons and ammunition.
Whether a sparkling silver necklace or a valued set of antique serving platters and cutlery, keeping your silver collection free from tarnish and ensuring these cherished pieces remain in excellent condition for the next use need not be time-consuming or expensive.
Anti-tarnish silver storage bags from Zerust can protect smaller items, while anti-tarnish drawer liners and anti-tarnish vapor capsules can be placed into existing drawers, boxes, storage cabinets or containers.
Why Does Silver Tarnish?
Tarnish on silver is the result of a chemical reaction. It’s basically a type of corrosion that forms over metals. It can be caused with mere exposure to oxygen over time, but silver is especially susceptible to low levels of sulfur-containing substances in the air. Additionally, oils or chemicals on your skin can accumulate on silver surfaces and predispose it to oxidation. High-humidity doesn’t help, either.
Tarnished silver will darken, dull or even turn black if not protected or treated. Removing tarnish on silver can be a difficult endeavor, as noted by research published in the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation.
For this reason, it’s often recommended that silver be stored in air-restricted spaces. Keep in mind your jewelry box, glass-front cabinet or silver chest is probably not air-tight. Zerust anti-tarnish silver storage bags and other products help protect your silver.
Staying a Step Ahead of Tarnish
Your silver, whether an heirloom or personal investment, needs proper care to avoid tarnish. Still, polishing silver probably ranks right up there with gutter cleaning on the list of, “Chores I’d rather not.” The good news is the best silver anti-tarnish protection doesn’t require a huge time investment.
- Gently wash silver. Hot, soapy water is best, finishing with a hot water rinse. Keep in mind harsh, abrasive chemical cleaners can cause silver to tarnish more quickly. Don’t even think about using a dishwasher, especially if you’re silver pieces are antique, as this can result in a dull finish. Also, if you have glued items (pot legs or knife blades), these are prone to falling apart in the dishwasher. It’s important after you hand wash your silver to dry it with a silver polishing cloth. Keep in mind if you allow the silver to air dry, standing water could cause spotting.
- Properly store your silver. Plastic Ziploc bags aren’t going to cut it. The same goes for cardboard boxes or newspaper, which could become damaged, leaving your priceless pieces vulnerable to damaging moisture. For smaller items, like earrings, bracelets and necklaces, anti-tarnish silver storage bags from Zerust are best. These blue satin bags come in 6×6 or 8×10 sizes, which are perfect for silverware. These anti-tarnish bags are FDA-approved, non-toxic and won’t leave a residue, so you don’t have to worry about washing them again after removing them from storage. These bags will also help you avoid the chore of regular polishing (which, if done wrong – particularly with paper towels or toothbrushes – can risk marring the finish).
Preserving your silver’s luster and shine is possible with correct storage. Zerust’s anti-tarnish silver storage bags, vapor capsules and drawer liners are affordable and effective.
Contact Zerust for information on anti-tarnish silver storage bags, capsules and vapors emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.
A Comparative Study of Silver Cleaning Abrasives, 1990, JAIC
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While frigid winter weather may leave you chilled to the bone, the good news is it generally won’t harm your woodworking tools. What will damage your tools is moisture. At Zerust, we know your woodworking tools could be ruined by rust as the season shifts from an icy winter to a balmy spring. Tool replacement is costly, but the bigger risk is safety. A rusted tool is a dangerous one.
Rust prevention of tools – woodworking or otherwise – involves first understanding that rust develops when cold tools are exposed to warm, moist air, which condenses on and in the tools. That’s what results in iron oxidation (rust) and decay.
Woodworking experts recommend winterizing your wood shop and tools by keeping them in a climate-controlled environment, heating the storage area and keeping it closed if possible. Maintaining a storage temperature higher indoors than outdoors can help protect tools from condensation and corrosion. However, this isn’t always economic or feasible if you keep your woodworking tools in a garage or shed.
Our Northeast Ohio tool rust prevention experts at Zerust have several products that can help protect your woodworking tools from rust.
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The Holidays are here and the family’s coming to stay for awhile. You find yourself wondering what to do while they’re in town, invading your home. A nice walk in the woods? Sure. A stroll through the village square? Of course. Perhaps a trip to the Botanical Gardens to view the Gingerbread Houses on display. Nice and quaint. Then, some ice skating. Yeah. This winter, that’s where the action is, and the weather’s just right for it.
So you pull out your skates and remember that you had the foresight to cover your blade with Zerust Skate Guard Covers last season. You take your skates out of the bag, and Wow, as good as new. Well played, Wayne Gretzky, well played.
Keep the Holidays Merry indeed with Zerust rust killer Skate Guard Covers while extending the life of your ice skates.
Zerust Skate Covers are designed to protect the life of your blades for up to five years by keeping them safe from the ravages of rust that set in over time.
No rusting. No dulling. Rust away old man winter. Zerust Skate Guard covers are designed to offer the best rust killer protection for your gear. They fit nicely around all manner of hockey and figure skates, and they’re essential to keeping blades sharp for all manner of sport or recreation.
Zerust Skate Guard Covers not only fit nicely around your blades, they also befit a well executed rust stopping regimen for everyone out there who’s serious about the ice. Proper care of your skates can extend their life and keep you you moving swiftly and gracefully on the ice. Keep your blades sharp by following these simple rust prevention methods:
- Wear skate guard covers when walking on hard surfaces (before you hit the ice) to avoid dulling your blades. Dents, dings, and scratches to your blades will make them vulnerable to rust.
- After skating, be sure to always thoroughly wipe and dry your blades before putting them in the skate guard cover. Otherwise you run the risk of trapping the moisture and hastening rust.
- Always put the anti rust skate guard covers on before storing skates in a sack during the off season. This ensures the quality of your blades and other belongings in your bag.
Happy Holidays! Now go get your skate on thanks to the anti rust coating technology of Zerust skate guard covers!
Zerust HQ – Workbench
Message to all of our friends out there in the world of home improvement, mechanics, automotive, outdoor sports, and beyond: We at Zerust are opening the doors to our extensive library of free, high quality content as seen here on our company blog, The Z-HQ Workbench, and we’d like to share it with you!
For quite some time now, we’ve been stockpiling completely original, exclusive articles that appeal to everyone from the mechanic to the outdoor enthusiast, and we are keen on swapping it with your company to post on your blog too. That’s right! If you would like your blog to benefit similarly, we’d be happy to post content you send us here on the Z-HQ Workbench in exchange for the content you receive from us at Zerust.
So, if you’re a trade based business or publication catering to the home improvement, mechanics, automotive, outdoor sports, and active leisure market whose goods & services relate to Zerust products (rust proofing, stopping rust, rust treatment, etc.), please drop us a line here. Let’s share our collective insights for the rest of the world to enjoy! Thank You!
Your friends at Zerust®
Zerust HQ – Workbench
Despite the fact that rust never sleeps, it’s that time of year when we set our burden down, and take stock of all that we are thankful for. And so, on this day before Thanksgiving, we’d like to express our gratitude to you, the Zerust customer.
Fighting rust and providing the world with reliable rust protection technology is our passion. Delivering that rust proofing technology to you, the Zerust customer, has been our pleasure.
From our rust inhibiting Zerust Skate Guard Covers to our nifty Zerust vapor capsules – you demanded newer, longer lasting rust inhibitor products, and we aimed to deliver. We keep going, fighting the good fight against rust thanks to you.
And so, on behalf of everyone here at Zerust Headquarters, and the eggheads behind the Z-HQ Workbench Blog, here’s wishing you and yours the very best this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving!
May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now,
And bless you evermore.
Z-HQ – WorkBench 10/31/17
My favorite thing to do on Halloween as a kid was to dress up as a ghost. My mom would crudely cut a few holes in a bedsheet for my eyes and mouth, throw it over my head, loosely wrap a belt around my neck to keep the sheet on, and off I’d go trick or treating with my friends through the neighborhood. With the exception of the belt wrapped around my neck (this was the seventies after all. We didn’t know any better back then), it was a great costume and I had a hell of a lot of fun wearing it.
And so in honor of Halloween, and my favorite childhood costume we’re going to talk about Zerust Car Covers. But most importantly, it’s getting to that time of year when precious things go in storage in order to protect them from the elements.
If you’ve got a set of wheels that only go out on special occasions or, at the very least, when the weather’s fair, now’s a good time to invest in one of these corrosion proof, water resistant, mold proof, and of course, rust-inhibiting doohickeys. Fun Fact: I just put one of these babies over my ‘66 Fairlane for the season and man it feels good knowing that classic short will be kept warm and dry, snug, and rust free all winter long.
Whether it’s a valuable antique or a collectible automobile you’re storing, or just a sweet set of wheels that you’re extra precious about, keep it safe this season from the damages of rust, corrosion, dust and moisture with a Zerust Car Cover. But make no mistake. This ain’t no flimsy bedsheet.
Zerust Car covers are woven with Zerust’s patented VCI (Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors) corrosion-inhibiting formulas which add an extra layer of rust protection on the surface of your car.
So, go ahead, fight the elements and even father time himself. And, in honor of Halloween, have a bit of fun by giving your car the chance to ghost through the winter months with this heavy duty, rust preventing overlay. It’s like your car becomes a phantom, free from the laws of decay and deterioration that govern this dimension. Let’s just hope the thing just doesn’t light up at night, blaring the golden oldies station like Stephen King’s Christine.
Whoa! Now we’re getting into the spirit of the season, Z-Lings. Happy Halloween!
In hopes of adding a little culture to the old toolbox, we offer up a bit of verse, a touch of class in the form of a poetry. Zerust poetry that is. Sure, we’re serious about a rust free future for all. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have our sensitive side. And so, to keep the muses in motion, we bring you the Z-HQ Workbench Poetry Corner.
[Note: In this installment, we honor the open road with some rough and tumble biker poetry. Dedicated to all you gearheads out there who understand the importance of keeping your motor clean, and your gears rust and corrosion free. Why poetry, you ask? Well, we at Zerust feel that the products we provide are designed to keep your life moving, like poetry in motion. What better way to illustrate this than through the written word?
Friend, let me ride
Swift and fast and free
Out along the open road
From sea to shining sea.
From the Great Lakes
To the Shenandoah
To the Gulf of Mexico
To the open plains
And the iron range
And the Alamo.
Through rain and hail and sleet and snow
Sun and wind and the great plateau
Through desert storms of sand and dust
I’ll make it clear, I’ll make a fuss
I insist on the best, Zerust!
Zerust for my two wheeled pony
Cos it gets me there in style
Zerust is my one and only
To go that extra mile.
The roar of the pipes
The engine screams
Hear me comin’ a mile away
Man alive, I’m living the dream.
Zerust is the top shelf rust inhibitor
To keep the rust away
My main corrosion prohibitor
So good, it’s almost cliche.
Every time my two wheeled pony
Crackles and combusts
I hear trumpets sounding and choirs singing
The sweet tune of Zerust.
It’s the open road I need
The open road I crave
Gotta have my freedom
Before they carry me to my grave.
Nothing can hold me down
I’ll ride until the end
With Zerust in my wheelhouse
I know I can depend.
For their products keep my motor clean
And running super tight
If you ask me what I mean my friend
I’ll tell you, “Zerust, day and night!”
So if you’ve got the wanderlust
I’ll tell you what to do
Get yourself some Zerust
For rust protection through and through.
And that, Dear Z-lings, wraps up this edition of the Zerust Poetry Corner. Until next time, remember to keep your motor clean this winter with a new Zerust Motorcycle Cover.
Ok. Here we are Dear Z-lings, the end of September, and Summer 2017 is now just another page in the history books.
We hate to be the harbingers of bad news, but you knew this was coming. Winter! We warned you, right here, in previous Blog posts. “It’ll be here before you know it,” we said. And now just look at it. Fast approaching. But just like everything else in life, when one door closes, another door opens.
Now’s the time to get your house in order and prepare for the Fall and Winter months as they barrel on down the road of time.
Whether it’s storing your bike or motorcycle in the garage for the winter, protecting your A/C outdoor central air unit from the elements, or keeping your firearms fit for hunting season – once again, Zerust has you covered, literally.
Here are just a handful of examples of how Zerust is looking out for you this Fall and Winter:
The Zerust Air Condition Cover
Pretty soon the elements will be barreling down on your outdoor Central Air Unit. Show it a little love. Keep it safe and sound and nice and snug with a Zerust Air Condition Cover.
2. Zerust Skate Guard Covers
Before you know it, we’ll all be saying, “Christmas time is Here Again” & “Happy Holidays”! You’re going to need to keep your skates sharp for plenty of winter frolic.
Pretty soon the annual tree lighting ceremony will be taking place in a downtown or city square near you. There’s sure to be an ice rink as part of the festivities. It’s customary. Get in there and get your skate on! And when you’re done, keep them clean with the ever-cozy Zerust Skate Guard Covers.
3. Zerust VCI Rifle Bag
For many around the country this time of year, hunting season is upon us. Keep your firearms snug with the Zerust VCI Rifle Bag. Simple to use. Easy to carry. No muss. No fuss. Here it is!
4. Zerust Bicycle Covers
You can try to take your bike out on cold and windy, snowy days. But c’mon. Let’s face it. Be realistic. You know it’s not gonna work out. Best to store it with a Zerust Bicycle Cover. Makes a great holiday gift too.
So there you go, dear Z-Lings: Four fine solutions to help you brave the winter months courtesy of your friends at Zerust. Be safe out there this Fall and Winter season. And remember, don’t let it turn to dust. Turn to Zerust! We make the rust go away, year-round.
-Michael J. Miller for Zerust
For this month’s installment of the Z-HQ Workbench, dear Z-lings, we’re going to take a step back and feature a little feedback from one of our new customers. This next message comes from Ben Kilbane, of Chicago, Illinois. Ben is a blues musician who collects vintage musical instruments for a hobby. He’s the owner of some extraordinarily rare, vintage gear and he’s always looking for ways to better preserve his investments. Ben writes:
I’m a blues musician here in Chicago, Illinois, a guitarist mainly. I own a number of rare, vintage guitars, and my favorite is a 1962 Fender Telecaster. [This is the one with the vintage saddle and bridge. It’s a beautiful, classic guitar just like the one Steve Cropper used during his time with Booker T. & The MG’s. Y’know the one, “Green Onions”? “Slim Jenkins Place” “Hip Hug-Her”?] It’s my main axe, and it’s been around a long time – over fifty years rocking the world. Naturally I want to ensure that it last another fifty years or more – for my children, and, god willing, their children too.
To be sure, this old Telecaster [I call her Thea by the way] takes a beating. I gig out regularly, so old Thea submits to a lot of blood, sweat, and the occasional tear depending on how hot my band is playing that night. You name it. I towel her off after every show, but it’s not enough. The old vintage saddle can only be cleaned so much. What I’ve found is that no matter how much TLC I give it, there’s still a bit of rust build up around the hardware. Drives me crazy. I keep it cloaked with a clean, dry towel when it’s inside the case. But I’ve discovered over the years that’s not enough either.
I needed to find a newer, more stealth solution to keep it from rusting. So I went on the lookout. Fortunately a friend of mine who’s a mechanic and swears by your products [he keeps a Vapor Capsule in every one of his toolboxes] tipped me off and suggested I put a Vapor capsule inside my guitar case alongside old “Thea the Tele”. I figure what the heck? It can’t hurt.
So I went to my local hardware store and bought a whole bundle, one for each of my guitars in fact. Now I’ve got one inside every guitar case alongside every guitar in my collection. I’ll keep you posted as to how things turn out.
Thank you, Ben, for getting in touch with us here at Zerust. And thank you for giving our Vapor Capsules a shot. Although, traditionally, we’ve been known more among people like your good friend, the mechanic, we’re happy to bring our rust protection technology and products to the world of music. We’re confident we can help with the preservation of your classic instruments.
Lastly, we look forward to hearing from you with updates on how our Vapor Capsules are helping to keep the blues alive in Chicago, and your vintage gear in tip top shape!
-Michael J. Miller for Zerust
I stumbled across an old table saw recently while cleaning up my shop. It’s a beautiful piece of hardware, given to me by my grandfather. That table saw launched many a home improvement project – like the beautiful deck that graces the back of my parent’s home. I’m honored to have that table saw, and lucky too. So I endeavor to keep it clean. Time and hard lessons learned over the years have taught me that, when it comes to your tools, heirlooms or otherwise, you’ve got to take the necessary steps to keep them clean and safe from the effects of rust and corrosion.
Funny thing too about that table saw – my grandfather actually kept it in its original box. Funny. He probably thought he was doing a commendable thing in storing it the way he did. It’s characteristic of him. He was a fastidious guy, intent on keeping his tools and shop very clean. Trouble is, the box wasn’t enough to save the table saw from the ravages of time.
I received the saw as a housewarming gift for my first home years ago. By the time it came into my possession, the thing (and the box it came in) had seen better days. I commended my Grandfather as I pulled it from the dusty, faded old cardboard carton with the peeling images of home improvements past still visible on it.
Luckily I was able to clean the thing up, replace the blade, and get it back in business. My grandfather would be proud, God bless him.
I got wise. I’ve since retired that old box from the manufacturer and replaced it with a Zerust Table Saw Cover.
Make no mistake, the rust will come. Like it or not, your shop gets gnarly. Dust. Moisture. Mold. Run of the mill stuff. Regular open air exposure too can cause many wrongs over time.
Keep your table saw nice and snug. Cover it for generations to come with Zerust Table Saw Covers. Rest assure, these covers keep your table saw safe and sound because Zerust Table Saw covers are blessed with our patented rust prevention technology. All of the revolutionary protection you’ve come to expect from all Zerust products are embedded within these covers. Revolutionary developments in rust protection simply come standard with all of Zerust products. Benefits like:
- The non-toxic vapors that coat your saws and blades with invisible protection, thus keeping them safe from harmful rust and corrosion.
- Our superior corrosion-inhibiting formula providing VCI (Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor) protection on the surface of your table saw.
- That good old Zerust 5 year plan, guaranteed: The formulas in our products remain active and provide protection for five years.
And so, dear Z-lings. With only one month left to the glorious summer of 2017, there’s still time to bust that baby out and get some work done. You’re itching to do so. Whether you’re working on your deck, making new kitchen cabinets, cutting hard wood planks for new hardwood floors. Go for it. Make hay while the sun shines. But, remember, when the time comes to clean up your shop, and put away your tools, skip all the oil and water displacement sprays and snake oils. Go with a cleaner, more air tight solution – Zerust Table Saw Covers.
Order today to receive the one anti corrosion and rust protection solution on the market that provides rust protection for years to come.
-Michael J. Miller for Zerust
Zerust anti-corrosion products work well not only around the house and garage for personal use, but also around the warehouse and factory floor for professional use.
Here’s a bit of advice for those of you out there who are using Zerust for more highly skilled purposes.
If you’ve followed Zerust long enough, (and we know you have, dear Z-lings) by now you know that corrosion is the degradation of metal over time. When metal surfaces interact with moisture and gas (oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and all that other stuff in the air) they begin the natural process of breaking down.
The metal wants to remain in its natural state. Unfortunately, the laws of nature dictate that rust can form on unprotected metal surfaces within hours. If you don’t protect your inventory while it’s on the shelf, it won’t be worth a hill of beans when it’s time to fulfill an order. So you’ve got to act fast and employ the right line of defense. Protect your inventory on the shop and warehouse floor with Zerust. Manage corrosion with Zerust products and services, and save your company from the extraordinary expense of wear and tear that results when inventory sits idle for extended periods of time.
Zerust products beat rust on a molecular level:
All Zerst products are produced (bestowed, constructed, forged you might say) with Zerust’s patented corrosion inhibiting vapor molecules. These patented agents have the strength to counteract the elements – ya know, all that stuff in the air like oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, etc., and, of course, moisture – that degrade metal. Yeah. That stuff. [Mother nature is one tough cookie, lemme tell ya].
When you use Zerust multipurpose VCI Poly Bags, Plastabs, or any other Zerust protective cover product, you’re conserving your valuables with scientific precision. Ya see, the anti-corrosion vapors in all of our products are emitted into the enclosed area of the bag or film and serve to protect what you keep inside. The vapor saturates the air and bonds with the metal to form a protective barrier around the metal surface. The vapor dissipates when you open the bag or cover, and saturates the air all over again when you re-seal it.
Most Industrial metal parts of good, high grade quality are manufactured with a VCI (Volatile Corrosion Inhibitor) layer. But this layer can easily wear thin over time when faced with the onslaught of the elements. As such, these VCI layers – when exposed to oxygen (and other gases in the air) and moisture – can break down completely within a couple of hours, thus leaving your stuff vulnerable. Using Zerust products for storage, however, helps keep your inventory fit for up to five years.
Packing and Handling Instructions:
- When packing parts, always go the clean and dry route, no matter what.
- Confirm that your inventory is at room temperature before packing it up for storage. If not, the moisture of colder temperatures will counteract the vapor and potentially breed rust. The rust will wreak havoc on your inventory while it sits idle on the warehouse shelf.
- Believe it or not, the natural oils on your hands and skin can wear down that thin layer of VCI that coats most high grade manufactured parts. To prevent this from happening, always wear clean and dry gloves before handling metal parts.
- When packing more than one part, be sure to include some Zerust sheets to provide separation between the metal surfaces.
- Make sure everything is packed tight to restrict airflow.
There you go. All done. Until next time, don’t let your stuff turn to dust. Turn to Zerust!
-Michael J. Miller for Zerust
Sometimes it’s the smallest, simplest things that make the biggest, most significant impact. Think Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, or Toto in The Wizard of Oz. You don’t need to be ten feet tall to make the world a better place. And so on that note, today, we turn our attention to the Zerust Anti-Tarnish Silver Storage Bags. So basic. So simple. And yet so effective.
What is immediately apparent is their stylish appearance and elegant demeanor, yes. But rest assured. The Zerust Anti-Tarnish Silver Storage Bags fight the elements for up to five years at a time with the same level of conviction you’ve come to expect from all Zerust products.
Provide the Protection your valuables (silver jewelry, collectible coins and silverware) require with these revolutionary rust prevention pouches. And make no mistake. This is not your grandmother’s coin purse.
Though they are soft and gentle to the touch, the Zerust Anti-Tarnish Silver Storage Bags pack a mighty punch. Attractive? Of course. Heck, they’re made of satin with a heavy weave. Hard working? You bet. Surround your valuables with luxurious softness while protecting them against tarnish and damage.
So how do they work, you ask?
Well, we’ve infused the cloth with the best in Rust inhibiting agents. Placing your valuable inside these exquisite carryalls bestows upon them the wonders of the product themselves. The formula is non-toxic, residue free and cleared by the FDA as food safe. Our patented anti-tarnish, rust prevention formula emanates from within the bags themselves to protect your valuables inside. Perfect for keeping antique silver, silverware, earrings and other heirloom jewelry clean and tarnish-free.
Maintaining silver takes time. Polishing can be labor intensive. Save time and money with Zerust’s Anti-Tarnish Silver Storage Bags. We’ll keep your valuables radiant and ready for showtime for years to come.