You may have good reason to store your bicycle temporarily outdoors. In an ideal world, every bike would have a convenient, climate-controlled, indoor space to be shielded from the elements after each ride.
Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. If you are to be successful in preventing bicycle rust despite occasionally keeping your bike outside, take special care in cleaning, indoor storage and proper covering when you do have the opportunity.
Vapor corrosion inhibitor (VCI) bicycle covers by Zerust offer important additional protection while your bike is in storage by sealing out oxygen and moisture and coating the metal components with a thin layer of anti-rust, anti-corrosion molecules.
Most motorcycle owners are fastidious about keeping their bikes clean. A motorcycle that is left muddied, dinged or salt-lined is a pock on the owner’s pride – and soon enough their pocketbook if they aren’t careful. Bike owners especially need to take care in the fall and winter, with proper storage key to motorcycle rust prevention.
For some types of metal, rust can be a death sentence. Rust, the chemical breakdown of metal caused by exposure to corrosive materials, oxygen and moisture or humidity, is the bane of any dedicated rider. It’s a foe that can seize hold quickly, especially during the winter months when salt lines the road. It is, however, preventable – with proper cleaning, repair and a high-quality VCI motorcycle rust cover.
VCI is short for “vapor corrosion inhibitor,.” It’s a formula that can be infused into cloth, plastic or other storage materials, releasing a colorless, odorless, non-toxic vapor into the air and forming a thin, protective layer of anti-corrosive molecules on the metal in an enclosed area.
Preventing silver coin tarnish is important to the growing number of historic and rare coin collectors.
Citing new statistics from the U.S. Mint’s coin collector statistics, Numismatic News reports collection of historic, commemorative and rare coins is on the rise. While the aftermarket for collectible coins can be tough to gauge (dealers aren’t required to report their sales), it is known there’s been an uptick in both the number of buyers and price-per-coin.
Tarnish, a chemical reaction spurred by silver’s interaction with hydrogen sulfide (a gas found in small quantities in the air), can significantly impact the value of any collectible. Pieces that are pristine and absent any significant tarnish, abrasion or wear are going to last the longest and command the highest prices at auction.
Silver coins in particular are at risk of tarnishing compared to other metals both because silver itself is soft and prone to tarnishing and because coins are more likely to be handled than other types of collectibles.
Responsible firearm owners know that proper gun maintenance and storage is obligatory. Newer models may not necessarily need to be cleaned after every use (though there is some debate among enthusiasts on ideal cleaning frequency), but it’s a given that any gun incorrectly cleaned or stored is vulnerable to damage from unburnt primer build-up, corrosion and rust due to water/humidity exposure. It’s key to choose the right gun cleaner and gun oil is key to prevent corroded barrels and other mechanisms.
There are a number of gun cleaner products that promise three-in-one treatments – Clean, Lubricate and Protect, or CLP for short. The problem is a matter of practical chemistry. A CLP product may clean most of the debris and fouling you’re trying to remove. However this type of formulation means the lubricant isn’t as effective. Inadequate lubricant will act as a debris magnet, attracting dirt, dust and sand. The result is mechanisms that are more prone to clogging and malfunction. Gun owners who solely use CLP cleaners often report their guns jam more frequently and fire fewer rounds than those who use separate gun cleaner and oil treatments.
For this reason, Zerust manufactures gun cleaner and gun oil products separately. Both are produced to offer optimal performance, keeping the weapon in prime condition and significantly reducing incidences of stoppages.
Finding the Right Gun Cleaner and Oil is Essential
Electronic panel box rust has the potential to be incredibly dangerous – not to mention a shock to your pocketbook. After all, rust is sure sign moisture has wormed its way into electrical components, and electricity and water are two elements that can never safely mix.
Yet the problem is relatively common, according to BuyersAsk.com, a resource for home buyers, sellers and agents. It’s estimated that 1 in 5 home inspections reveal some degree of water entry into electric panels, in some cases with significant damage.
At a recent annual conference at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) has an annual conference wherein common electrical technology issues are discussed, it was noted that moisture reportedly causes 12 percent of catastrophic failures of electrical panel boxes and 40 percent of other damages to the systems.
Home and business owners have significant interest in preventing electric panel box rust. The use of vapor corrosion inhibiting technology, or VCI, has been a breakthrough on this front.
It’s tough to resist the allure of a classic car. It’s a passion, a piece of history, a prized possession. The stakes are high for owners hoping to prevent classic car rust.
Investment in classic cars is on a slight upswing, following recent changes to federal tax law – specifically to Section 1031, allowing deferred capital gains tax if proceeds were used to purchase a collectible – including classic cars. While other luxury assets like jewelry, stamps and art dipped, the value of the classic car market increased by 17 percent in recent years, according to the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index.
Rust is the enemy of every vehicle – old or new. It can attack no matter the climate or road conditions. Classic car rust is especially painful, as most owners have already poured in a great deal of time and money. Those flaking, orange bubbles can creep up suddenly on the surface or in crevices unseen, and are referred to by some as, “cancer holes.”
Yet it’s rare to find a decades-old vehicle without a single speck of rust. The auto industry has come a long way in terms of developing ways to keep newer models from rust ravage, with more effective preventative and galvanizing coatings. Vintage cars are innately more prone to clear coat peeling and overall paint peeling. Elements like moisture and road salt feed and accelerate breakdown of components.
Whether you are a stockpiling survivalist or simply need to store a small case for safekeeping, firearm enthusiasts cannot overlook the importance of preventing ammo rust (or likely more accurate, ammo corrosion).
Failure to properly store ammunition can result in weakening and/or corrosion of the bullets’ structural integrity. This can potentially lead to an extremely dangerous situation for the shooter and any who happen to be nearby when those rounds are fired.
To be assured your rounds will last, you’ll want to keep them in a cool, dry place – preferably one that is airtight – and use vapor-corrosion inhibiting (VCI) bags, drawer liners or capsules.
Why Does Ammunition Rust?
Corrosion is a natural process that gradually destroys metal, sparked by a chemical or electro-chemical reaction. Rust is a specific form of corrosion that occurs when iron (and iron alloy) is exposed to both oxygen and humidity.
Any ammunition that is made of metal will be vulnerable to corrosion. Most modern bullets are made with lead or lead alloys. Casings are comprised of copper or a mix of copper and zinc. Because these minerals contain little-to-no iron, the damage you see on most bullets probably isn’t rust, but a different form of corrosion. Most metals do have some reaction to 02 (oxygen) and/or H20 (water/humidity). A fair number of metals can corrode when coming into contact or proximity with other metals.
The speed at which ammunition corrosion occurs depends on:
- The exact type of metal involved;
- The purity of the air, water and metal;
- The time length and intensity to which it was exposed to the reactive elements;
- The temperature (heat accelerates corrosion).
That’s why to prevent ammo rust and corrosion, we recommend the storage space be not only dry and sealed but kept relatively dark/cool. But even doing this alone won’t ensure a bullet doesn’t corrode. That’s what Zerust is for.
Danger of Corroded Ammunition
In the worst case scenario, a corroded bullet that is fired could rupture or break, shooting white-hot gases back through the action of the gun and possibly in the shooter’s direction. It is also possible that if the corroded round gets stuck in the chamber and the shooter attempts to fire another round, the weapon could explode.
That’s a pretty rare outcome, as most people knowledgeable with firearms know to avoid corroded bullets. More often than not, if someone tries to chamber a cartridge, it won’t seat tightly enough to lock into action and the gun will be unusable until the damaged bullet is removed and a new one chambered.
Still, because ammunition can be expensive, you want to protect your investment. That means preventing corrosion from rendering your bullets useless.
Zerust offers up to five years of rust and corrosion prevention for your ammo, depending on your storage method and product choice. Some of the most popular for ammo storage include:
- VCI plastabs (for drawer storage)
- VCI capsules (for storage in tool boxes or safes)
- VCI poly bags for ammo (various sizes to fit numerous case sizes and every storage option).
It is possible your bullets could remain in excellent condition for many years with proper storage. VCI technology is odorless, tasteless and non-toxic and serves as a shield for your precious or pricey metals.
Contact Zerust for information on preventing ammo rust and corrosion by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.
Ammo Storage: How To Avoid Common Amateur Mistakes, August 2016, SkilledSurvival.com
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Rust is fragile, brittle, yet a formidable foe that weakens even the toughest iron and steel. While rust takes hold in virtually all climates and seasons, Zerust rust prevention experts warn that summer air can pose an especially heightened risk to your metals.
To understand why, it helps to explain why rust happens in the first place.
With the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when WWII Allied forces flooded the beaches of Normandy in a massive offense, the biggest seaborne invasion in history, attention shifted to cargo ships that made this and many other pivotal . They were built hastily with encouragement with cultural icons like Rosie the Riveter. Now, these aging freighters are embroiled in a new kind of warfare: Fighting rust, corrosion and time.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent preserving these and other retired naval ships, scattered at ports across the country. Fighting rust has become a daily battle, especially as many of these ships were thinly-coated and built for speed – never expected to last three-quarters of a century. Yet veterans and survivors of soldiers killed in action say keeping rust at bay and preserving history is essential – because the price of forgetting is even higher.
Museums, historical societies and non-profit groups struggle to maintain artifacts like these. Whether it’s a warship or an aging iron kettle, the enemies are always the same: Rust. Tarnish. Corrosion. These chemical processes are inevitable with time, but can be significantly slowed with careful cleaning (when absolutely necessary), proper storage (airtight if possible) and minimal handling to reduce exposure to oxygen, skin oil and other moisture/ gas that so often proves the death knell for these relics.
To take fighting rust and corrosion a step further and ensure these antiquities survive as long as possible, a growing number of organizations are increasingly relying on Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor Technology (or VCI) – the same kind used by the rust prevention experts at Zerust.
How VCI Technology Helps in Fighting Rust, Preserving History
Most modern museums aim for preservation rather than restoration. The object is stabilized, the dirt cleaned, the corrosion gently removed. As long as conditions are stable, these organizations can, in a way, halt time. The more durable the material, the longer archaeologists and historians can claim success in fighting rust.
Preventing boat rust isn’t solely about ensuring your ship shines. It’s about the assurance it stays seaworthy and protecting your investment.
Beyond just being unsightly, boat rust and corrosion can spring a huge leak in your bank account because, as noted by BoatUS Magazine, the majority of boat insurance policies expressly exclude coverage for this type of damage – even if a boat sinks from corrosion-damaged thru-hull fittings.
What’s more, boat rust a safety issue. More than one boat crash has been attributed to failed corroded steering fitting.
One of the best shipmates a recreational seafarer can ask for is a Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor. Zerust produces VCI Capsules for Boats designed specifically to guard against rust and corrosion damage to boats, which are are under constant assault from the elements as well as the risk of galvanic corrosion. Electrical systems, motor and propeller are among the vessel components most prone to corrosion and rust damage.
Top Causes of Boat Rust and Corrosion
So much misinformation abounds about the naturally-occurring processes of boat rust and corrosion. Boat-owning mariners must take time to get a handle on what hey are how best to combat them.
Both rust and corrosion are chemical reactions – the former involving metal exposure to moisture and oxygen and the latter typically due to one metal’s contact with another. Some boat owners may battle both. The type of “rust war” you’re waging generally boils down to:
- The type of metal(s) involved;
- The environment in which the boat is used;
- The care used in vessel storage.
Let’s start with aluminum.
Boating Magazine reports that in a single recent year, U.S. boaters purchased more than 77,000 boats made of aluminum. That doesn’t even include the many non-motorized personal watercraft, such as canoes, made with the material.
Aluminum is a desired material for both military and recreational boats because it’s inexpensive, light and it does not rust the way steel and iron do. However, aluminum is susceptible to galvanic corrosion, an electrochemical reaction caused by proximity to other chemicals. In fact, aluminum is particularly vulnerable to breaking down when in contact with other metals in saltwater.
Protecting aluminum vessels starts with manufacturing, and ensuring aluminium components of a boat aren’t in proximity to other corrosive active elements. There are also protective coating paints one can apply to help ward off underwater galvanic corrosion. Owners of aluminium boats need to be especially cautious before placing them in saltwater.
For maximum protect, Zerust high-performance Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor capsules provide a non-toxic, protective vapor seal against corrosion within a 1-to-6-foot enclosed area. (Larger areas can be protected with multiple VCI capsules.) This can shield electrical components on board, but it’s also a smart idea to install these cost-effective boat capsules to protect the vessels while it’s in storage.
Now let’s talk stainless steel.
Stainless steel is another popular boat-making material, but whoever named it “stainless” was likely an eternal optimist because the reality is: Steel boat rust is real, as steel is reactive when hit with the combined elements of water and oxygen.
The good news is a fair amount of marine-grade stainless steel is high-quality and designed to reduce boat rust and corrosion, particularly with prevention of pitting, which can be disastrous for a steel boat in saltwater. Stainless steel made with higher chromium content will fare better.
However, many boaters with stainless elements like screws exposed to damp deck cores have discovered a type of corrosion known as “crevice corrosion,” which can cause substantial weakening. Some boat owners are caught completely by surprise when they find out a fastener they thought was stainless steel is in fact zinc or cheap-plated steel, in which case they’ll soon note rust rot. A good test of whether your boat has a solid, high-grade stainless steel fittings is whether those components are attracted by magnets. If they do, that’s not a good sign. Those fittings are typically not what you want on your boat.
Combat Boat Rust and Corrosion With Zerust VCI
Zerust VCI capsules to prevent boat rust and corrosion are an inexpensive and effective way to provide top quality protection for your vessel.
If you have questions about the proper type, size and use of Zerust VCI boat rust capsules, our friendly, knowledgeable team of rust prevention experts is here to help.
Contact Zerust for information on Vapor Capsules and boat rust prevention by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.
Protecting Aluminum Boats From Salt Water Corrosion, Feb. 12, 2013, By David Seidman, Boating Magazine
Ten Boating Myths Dispelled, September 2008, By Charles Fort, Boat U.S. Magazine
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Skateboard rust probably isn’t on the radar of many riders. No, we’re not taking a dig at skaters with stale skills, but actual rust on a skateboard.
Skateboards are typically made of wood and heavy metals, built to take the hard-impact beating of daily backside powerslides, ollies and kick-flip tricks. But one of the quickest ways to wreck your skateboard? Improper cleaning and storage, particularly after it’s gotten wet. This leaves the metal components – decks, trucks, kingpins, bolts, bearings, axles and other hardware – susceptible to rust and corrosion.
The financial and safety risks of skateboard rust can’t be overlooked, given an anticipated uptick in public skate park investments and riders after next year: Skateboarding is slated to make its world Olympic debut as a competitive sport in the summer Tokyo 2020 Games.
Skateboarding Popularity and Public Investment
It’s an activity that has maintained a solid grip on youth counterculture in America since the 1980s and 1990s, with currently about 16 million total riders in the U.S. (more than 20 million globally) and an estimated 500 public skate parks in the U.S., according to the non-profit Trust for Public Land.
About 11 million people in the U.S. say they skateboard regularly, but fewer commit to regular skateboard upkeep, including skateboard rust prevention.
Skateboarding can be risky as it is, with the National Safety Council reporting roughly 100,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms annually for skateboard injuries. Half of those are between the ages of 15 and 24, with the majority being new to the sport – and thus less likely to realize the importance of proper skateboard maintenance.
Cheap skateboards can be bought for about $35, but most decent boards cost an average of $175. High-end skateboards can cost a few hundred dollars while boosted electric skateboards (which need extra rust protection) can cost anywhere from $750 to $1,000.
To avoid constant replacement of these components (typically at a skate shop unless you’re handy), skaters can prevent skateboard rust with inexpensive vapor corrosion inhibitors, or VCIs.
How VCI Technology Can Prevent Skateboard Rust
There is an interesting science behind VCI rust and corrosion protection, but the short of it is VCIs are a class of chemical compounds that vaporize in the air, forming a thin, protective film on metal surfaces in an enclosed space, making those surfaces impervious to rust and corrosion for a specified length of time.
Many top-shelf skateboards are made with metal compounds strengthened to ward off rapid rust formation. Still, that protection only lasts so long, especially when boards get regular use, which can nick and pock the surface.
Even if you catch rust in the early stages and treat it with a “rust-eater,” the reality is the bearings won’t ever be as smooth as they once were, which means the ride won’t be either.
Key is to prevent skateboard rust before it forms because by then, not only is it tough to get rid of, there’s a decent chance by the time you see it, it’s already weakened the metal components. In other words: A rusted skateboard can make for an unsafe ride. Many skateboard manufacturers recommend regular riders devote an hour a week to maintenance.
Even skateboard hardware made with metal compounds like titanium and aluminum (which don’t rust) are still potentially vulnerable to a process called oxidation, a destructive molecular reaction between metal surfaces and oxygen that is what kicks off corrosion. Corrosion won’t weaken metal itself, but it can make the surface brittle, and those parts will be prone to breakage. That’s a big potential risk if you’re trying out technical tricks.
Zerust has VCI bags, covers, drawer liners and vapor capsules that can help with warding off skateboard rust (with liners and capsules requiring enclosed-space storage). If you have questions about the best skateboard rust prevention techniques, our Zerust VCI experts can help you determine the right product.
Contact Zerust for more information on rust prevention for skateboards and skates by emailing or calling (330) 405-1965.
Skateboarding Popularity Is Growing – Get Ahead of the Curve, May 2018, National Parks and Recreation Association
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When you pull your golfer’s bag out of storage for the first time this season, you might expect your swing to be a little rusty, but that’s not the condition in which you want to find your clubs. If you’ve spent a little coin on your clubs, preventing golf club rust is a smart way to protect your investment. Proper cleaning and storage after each time on the green is important.
You can take it a step further with inexpensive vapor corrosion inhibitor (VCI) products that shield your putters and wedges from rust susceptibility. The rust prevention technology used for Zerust products from vapor capsules to car covers involves a non-toxic, odorless invisible vapor molecules that attach to corrosion -and rust-prone metals and protect them from damaging elements.
Let’s face it: Even on the most pristine green, your golf clubs take a beating. Golfers are constantly splashing shots out of bunkers and pounding the turf on ranges. Every time your club thwacks a ball, gets dinged by a rock, scrapes the sand or smacks up against the other clubs in your bag, there’s the potential for the finish or plating to wear and tear. This opens the door to rust. Dirt, mud, sand, water and even the oil on hands – all can create and/or accelerate the risk of rust taking hold of your clubs, particularly if you aren’t storing them immaculately cleaned and in a cool, dry place.
You don’t have to be a pro to know that preventing golf club rust is smart. And you don’t need to earn a Tiger Woods’ salary to do it.
Preventing motorcycle rust was always a concern for bike owners. However, it’s increasingly become a top priority as buyers new to the market are more frequently choosing used models, and the reality is, the older a motorcycle is, the more likely it will to have rust as it’s had more opportunity for exposure to the elements.
Although rust and corrosion can quickly become an issue for a new motorcycle, the reality is metal with more mileage will have more those dings, scratches and pocks that can be the start of a major motorcycle rust problem. The tough thing when you’re preparing to sell or buy a used motorcycle is that when it comes to rust, you can’t always see it. It’s important to have any used motorcycle examined by a mechanic specifically for rust and corrosion issues, which can weaken the motorcycle’s structure and/or require replacement of various parts.
Once you have that assurance, the Zerust rust prevention experts can explain a well-cared-for older motorcycle can easily outlast a decades-younger model. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune either: a few carefully-chosen products and a bit of extra elbow grease is all you need.
Knives have been around nearly as long as people, our species in many ways defined by the ability to craft them as survival tools. Just a few years ago, archaeologists in Spain reportedly discovered a small, flint knife crafted by hominids dating back 1.4 million years. The artifact survived in large part because of the dry, dark atmosphere of the caves in which they were entombed. Another factor in their favor: They were made of stone. Blades on most modern knives are crafted with some type of metal, so threat of rust or corrosion is ever-present. Unless you want to take a stab at stowing your prized antique collectible knife in a near-airless cave for a few thousand millennia, preventing rust will require a proactive approach.
Preventing Rust: Some Collectible Knives Are More Prone
Knives are at risk for rust to varying degrees due to the composition and their atmosphere. Many collectible knives made in the 19th century are comprised of some combination of iron and carbon steel. More modern collectible knives, such as the V-42 used in WWII, are forged with these same components. The high iron and carbon content of these blades means knife owners must be meticulous in preventing rust Even stainless steel knives can rust under the right conditions because stainless steel is mixed with alloys to strengthen certain properties. The less chromium in the steel, the more likely it will be to rust.
Knife collectors should avoid abrasive chemicals, prioritize proper storage in a cool, dry case and avail themselves of VCI technology to ward the classic rust recipe: metal+air+moisture = rust. For knives not made of iron or related alloys, there is a risk of similarly-damaging corrosion. VCI products by Zerust are helpful in warding off harmful corrosion as well as preventing rust.
After a long winter of polar vortexes and record-breaking chill, folks are beyond ready to trade their long johns and boots for shorts and flip-flops. Popular spring break ventures have long included epic fishing excursions, from deep sea charter trips to the more laid back, brackish waters of various inlets and bays. If you’re one of those anglers counting down the days until then, take a few minutes to read up on these saltwater fishing reel and tackle box rust prevention tips from VCI rust prevention experts at Zerust.
Decent saltwater fishing reels cost a pretty penny, and top-of-the-line saltwater reels will have you out nearly an arm and a couple sea legs. Your fishing reel is your workhorse, and there is a substantial difference between a fishing reel that works alright for now and one that lasts.
Each reel has a range of intricate moving gears and springs that need to turn smoothly in unison in order to ensure top performance. Although any moisture and oxygen contact with metal creates the potential for rust, saltwater environments especially are incredibly corrosive. They can destroy reels and tackle boxes in a hurry if not properly maintained. That includes having a solid saltwater reel and tackle box rust prevention plan.
Pro Tips for Reel and Tackle Box Rust Prevention in Salty or Brackish Waters
An ounce of rust prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, and a new breakthrough study by the U.S. Department of Energy shows why. For the first time, researchers were able to witness – in unprecedented detail – exactly the way rust happens. They discovered a “surprisingly dynamic iron cycle” that revealed the way iron continually moves on metal and other surfaces. They illustrated why rust prevention on pipes on metal surfaces is so critical – because once it takes hold, it can persist under a huge range of changing chemical conditions, allowing it to corrode and deteriorate over time.
Researchers noted that just like we have iron coursing through the blood in our veins, there are iron minerals that exist in our soil beneath our feet. The iron in the ground is used to forge steel and numerous other metal alloys, which we then use to craft everything from the smartphone parts that allow us to communicate across continents to the infrastructure and vehicles that help us get there in person. Unfortunately, any metal that contains iron or its compound is vulnerable to rust.
As our rust prevention experts can explain, rust is the process that occurs when these metals are exposed to moisture and oxygen. This exposure kicks off a process called iron oxidation – more commonly known as rust. It is not only extremely prevalent, it is very expensive. Rust costs the U.S. Military alone $21 billion a year. With a strong incentive to confront this, Washington gave its Pacific Northwest National Laboratory the green light to dig deeper.
Whether you stash your gun or rifle in the back of a closet, in the pickup truck console or an in-ground cache, taking proper steps to prevent gun barrel rust is a must – particularly if you’re using corrosive ammunition.
Many a gun lover has endured the misery of pulling their firearm from the case, only to discover that beautiful blue or matte black finish has been marred by creeping rust and/or corrosion. Even the U.S. Military has had issues with failure to prevent gun barrel rust, erosion and wear – particularly with long caliber gun barrels. In a now-unclassified report, the U.S. Army reported the negative impact of gun barrel wear and erosion can include:
- Reduction of muzzle velocity
- Greater risk of inaccuracy
- Increase of dispersion
- Unstable projectile flight
- Damage to other sensitive components
- Hastening of barrel fatigue (resulting from surface defects in both the bore and combustion chamber)
The report indicated that while these things might not necessarily be dangerous to anyone using the gun, they could be extremely hazardous to “friendly personnel located downrange or near the intended target.” That’s a big reason why the military takes special precaution to prevent gun barrel rust – and so should you.
If your baking sheets, cookie cutters, muffin tins, roasting pans and cast iron cookware got lots of love over the holidays, those pieces might be looking a bit worse for the wear now that’s it’s January. They may even be showing signs of corrosion or rust. Although rust on pans likely poses few dangers to your health, it can be expensive to constantly replace these items every few months or even once a season.
To prevent rust on baking pans, skillets, cookie sheets and other baking and cooking tools, rust prevention experts at Zerust know it’s important to begin with proper use, cleaning and drying. Yet even then, the risk of rust isn’t eliminated. The internet is packed with advice on how to get rid of rust on bakeware. It’s often possible, which is welcome news to those quite fond of their cast iron and stainless steel pieces. Still, when it comes to rust, it’s always easier to prevent it in the first place if you can.
VCI Technology May Help Prevent Rust on Baking Sheets, Tins, Pans and More
The risk of rust arises anytime metal interacts with air and moisture. VCI – which stands for volatile corrosion inhibitor – is the technology Zerust uses in a wide array of products to protect your valuables. It works by releasing an odorless, non-flammable, non-reactive corrosion inhibitor (also non-toxic and approved by the FDA). This inhibitor can shield a range of metal items, including those crafted from iron, copper, brass, aluminum, nickel, steel and silver, from the damaging effects of rust and corrosion.
Although some Zerust products are designed to protect very specific items like firearms and ice skates, uses of VCI aren’t necessarily limited to those.
In the kitchen, there are many cooking items made of metal or that have some metal component. Rust can occur anytime a metal cooking surface gets scratched or worn, which often happens with regular use. It’s especially prone to occur when food sticks to the pan, sheet or tin and has to be scraped off with a sharp edge. Using a proper amount of cooking oil or butter prior to baking can help. So does gentle cleaning and thorough drying. But that often isn’t quite enough.
VCI technology may help prevent rust on baking sheets if you’re able to contain those metal items in drawers, cupboards or trays that you generally keep closed until it’s time for use. The more you open the enclosure, the less time the VCI’s protective qualities will be effective. For instance, a VCI product that has an effectiveness life of at least two years but is used in a container, drawer or cupboard that isn’t air-tight or is opened regularly may only provide one year of rust and corrosion protection. Still, because of the affordability of Zerust products versus constant replacement of your cookware, it can still be in your interest to invest.
Even the tiniest spot of rust on kitchen baking and cooking tools can quickly develop into a full-blown rust problem. Keeping up with rust in your kitchen will be a constant problem unless you’re proactive. Zerust has a number of products that can help.
Some that could come in handy for metal cookware and bakeware include:
If you have questions about protecting a specific type of cookware or bakeware, our knowledgeable Zerust rust prevention specialists are available to answer your questions – usually within 24 hours – if you contact us either by phone or email.
Contact Zerust for information on anti-rust technology for your home by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.
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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.