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Preventing Boat Rust if You’re Buying a Used Boat

If you’re in the market for a used boat this summer, make sure you know the “hull” truth about the boat’s history – and check for rust and corrosion before you buy. Otherwise, you will be out a significant amount of money, time and peace of mind. Before diving in, check that the previous owner(s) invested in regular maintenance and committed to proactively preventing boat rust. Once you sign on the dotted sales line and accept the vessel as-is, you may be on the hook for whatever damage lurks underneath.

Reddish-brown streaks streaming along the side of your vessel is never a good look. But sometimes the larger issue is what can’t be easily seen. Buyers of used boats especially need to be mindful of this, particularly if the boat has been used or stored near saltwater, which can expedite the effects of corrosion.

Further, because older boats may be more susceptible to corrosion, it’s important keep up on maintenance once the boat is yours. Zerust offers products like our Vapor Capsules for Boats, which protects many of the most at-risk components, including the propeller, electrical systems and motor. Capsules can shield any 1-6 feet enclosed area from the corrosive effects of moisture, dust, sand and salty air.

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Table Saw Rust Cover Protects Woodworking Equipment

Even as stay-at-home orders across the country are being eased, many people are still choosing to spend more time at home, frequently returning to old hobbies or finding new ones. Woodworking is one that has become increasingly popular. Table saws are useful in building everything from bookcases to bird feeders. The best way to protect your equipment from the damaging effects of corrosion is a table saw rust cover.

The table saw is a quality, stationary cutting tool, with a platform often made of cast iron. This makes for a durable, stable and vibration-free surface, but it’s also quite susceptible to rust. Most new table saws are delivered with a layer of protective grease intended to reduce the risk of rust while the machine is stored in the warehouse or shipped. Users need to thoroughly clean this grease off before using, and some manufacturers recommend applying a separate layer of lubricant protection before the first use.

But oils and greases can be costly, not to mention ineffective or even dangerous if not applied correctly. Our Zerust table saw rust cover provides protection using a fabric woven with vapor corrosion inhibiting (VCI) technology. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a serious woodworker, clean your materials after each use and cover with our table saw rust cover for maximum protection.

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Zerust Bicycle Covers Shield Against Bike Rust

Although the coronavirus pandemic continues its spread, resulting in the cancellation or postponement of bike races and other large-scale events, the number of people cycling appears to be on the rise. With so many more people buying and using bicycles, it’s important to consider how best to protect bicycles from the elements, which can cause corrosion and rust. Bicycle covers can shield against debris and direct exposure to sun and rain, but they aren’t likely to reduce corrosion risk unless they are made with vapor corrosion inhibitors.

Bicycling Uptick Amid COVID-19 Isolation

Inc.com reports the bike shop business is booming right now.

With billions across the globe under social distancing orders or advisories, many are shying away from public transportation. Bicycling has gained in popularity as a safer means of commute. It allows those without a car to gain faster access to things like food and medicine. It’s also become an outlet for those who can no longer get their workout at the gym.

In some places like New York City, cycling has reportedly increased by more than 50 percent over city bridges. Bikeshare use in Chicago has doubled. Similar numbers have been reported in places like London and Dublin. Some cities have even begun considering setting up emergency cycleways, which could be either maintained or removed once the threat of the pandemic has passed. Bogota, Colombia is installing tens of kilometers of cycleways to keep people moving during this crisis, while also allowing them to practice social distancing.

Why Bicycles Rust

But virtually every single bike has one thing in common: Metal. In the breaks, in the gears, in the shifters and in other components. Without proper care and storage, any metal exposed to air and moisture will be vulnerable to corrosion.

Ferrous metals (those that contain iron, like alloy steel and carbon steel) are susceptible to a particular type of corrosion called rust, the process of oxidation that actually alters the chemical compound of the metal. Many bicycles are made with steel and stainless steel components.

Many bicycles are made with titanium, which is a non-ferrous metal that does not rust – but it can corrode, as noted in research by the Journal of Biomaterials & Functional Materials.

How Zerust Bicycle Covers Prevent Rust and Corrosion

Sun exposure and damage, wind, ran and snow can result in the degradation of a bicycle’s metal components. Bicycle covers are a popular means of keeping these elements at bay, but it’s important to be sure the one you buy isn’t going to cause more harm than good.

Some bicycle covers trap will keep off the rain and dust, but they might also cause condensation to build up and be trapped inside – particularly if there are temperature fluctuations in the place where you store your bike.

Zerust bicycle covers are rust-inhibiting because of VCI (vapor corrosion inhibiting) formula that is woven into the fibers. VCI is non-toxic, odorless and effective for up to five years. The covers themselves fit all single-rider, upright bikes and are water resistant and mold-proof.

Zerust bike covers and other products work by releasing this vapor into the air around the metal item. These molecules settle on exposed metal surfaces and form an invisible protective layer around them that inhibits the electrochemical reactions that can cause corrosion and rust.

Bicycles should be cleaned and dried according to the recommendations of the manufacturer, and then the bicycle should be rolled onto the cover and the cover zipped.

We partner with dealers across the country that sell our bicycle covers in their stores. You can call ahead to see if your local bike shop carries them, or you can order direct from this site.

Contact Zerust for information on preventing bicycle rust or Zerust bicycle covers by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.

Additional Resources:

Bike Shops Are Doing Well Despite Shelter-in-Place, April 8, 2020, By Mike Haber, Inc.com

More Blog Entries:

Preventing Bicycle Rust That Can Bust Your Ride if You Store it Outdoors, Oct. 25, 2019, Zerust Bicycle Covers Blog

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Car Rust Prevention: Car Care During Coronavirus

The percentage of Americans currently affected by state stay-at-home orders is at roughly 95 percent. As people are hunkering down at home, the cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles that normally get daily use are idle on garages and streets. Although that means less wear-and-tear and lower gas prices, cars that are parked for long stretches are susceptible to other types of damage – including rust. Given that the current situation could span several more weeks and possibly months, car rust prevention is important to consider.

Anytime a motor vehicle is not getting regular use, there is the potential for problems – from dead batteries to oil deterioration. Car rust is another potential problem, particularly for brake rotors and brake pad linings, as well as any parts of the exterior that may be dinged.

This is especially true if your vehicle is being parked outdoors and exposed to the elements. In fact, as our car rust prevention experts can explain, it doesn’t even take that long. Sometimes with brake rotors, it may only be a matter of days of outdoor storage that we begin to see rust starting to form. Rust on a vehicle body may be unsightly, but it’s what you can’t see that is likely to be the most costly. Rust on brake rotors, for instance, can result in uneven braking, pulsating braking and noise.

Driving your vehicle occasionally – even just twice a month around the block a few times – can help with this. But it’s also worth consider adding another layer of protection while your vehicle is parked – a car cover.

Car Rust Prevention Car Covers

Many people who purchase car rust prevention covers from Zerust do so to protect their collectible or antique vehicles. That’s because of their value, but also because they aren’t driven regularly. Increasingly, it’s being used to protect the cars people use everyday from corrosion, rust, moisture and dust that results when vehicles are exposed to open air – both in a garage or outdoors.

The purpose of most car covers is to protect a vehicle from damage caused by debris, sun and precipitation, but we take it a step further.

The difference between Zerust Car Covers and others is that the fibers of our product are made with VCI technology. VCI stands for “vapor corrosion inhibitor.” It’s non-toxic, odorless, invisible and non-reactive, but protects metal components from rust and other types of corrosion for up to a full five years.

We can also assure that our car rust prevention covers are water-resistant and mold-proof.

There are several different size covers to assure the product fits snugly on your vehicle while still leaving enough room to ensure the cover can stay zipped.

What Else Can I Do to Protect My Parked Car During Quarantine?

In addition to a Zerust car cover to prevent rust while your vehicle is parked or stored, car care experts have offered a number of other measures you can take to protect your investment. Consumer Reports recommends:

  • Store indoors. Obviously, this isn’t an option for everyone, but if you have a garage or other enclosed space, it’s usually one of the best things you can do for car rust prevention. Rust is caused by metal’s exposure to air and moisture. Temperature fluctuations and exposure to sun can exacerbate the risk because it can weaken your car’s paint. Keeping it indoors can reduce the risk of exposure.
  • Keep it clean. The elements aren’t your only concern. When you don’t keep your vehicle clean – even if you aren’t using it – you run a higher risk of car rust. From that point, it may not take long for rust to take hold – even if you don’t see it. Give your car a decent wash at least once a month, and wax it, if you can.
  • Keep your fuel tank full. This helps prevent condensation from building up inside the tank.
If you have questions about what car rust prevention car cover is best for your situation, feel free to contact us for more information.

Contact Zerust for information on car covers and information on preventing classic car rust by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.

Additional Resources:

Amid quarantine, AAA warns drivers about potential car issues that arise from inactivity, March 25, 2020, By Stefan Gellar, The Boston Herald

More Blog Entries:

Prevent Classic Car Rust With Zerust Car Covers, July 25, 2019, Zerust Car Rust Prevention Blog

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How to Protect Your New Gun From Rust and Corrosion

As often happens when there is political uncertainty, economic instability or people feel their rights may be infringed upon, gun and ammunition sales go up. That’s what we’re seeing today amid global concern of the coronavirus, COVID-19. Even as stores struggled to keep staples like toilet paper and hand sanitizer stocked, Ammo.com reported online orders of firearms and ammunition spiked almost 70 percent. Brick and mortar stores are selling out as well, and some retailers have even begun limiting how much buyers can purchase. There has been an uptick in requests for firearms training, which suggests a large number of buyers are first-time gun owners.

If you are the owner of a new gun (or are concerned now more than ever about protecting the piece you have), you should know that proper storage is an imperative. Guns are made with metal, and all metal has potential to rust or corrode. To prevent gun rust, Zerust has a number of gun storage solutions.

Storing Your New Gun

Gun rust is a big problem for those who store their weapons in gun safes. In fact, corrosion tends to happen at a higher rate and more rapidly in a gun safe than out of it. The reason has to do with basic chemistry.

Rust, also known as oxidation, is a chemical process that occurs when iron or iron alloys come into contact with water (or moisture) and oxygen. The only type of metal that “rusts” is iron and its alloys, but other types of metal are prone to similar chemical breakdown processes collectively known as corrosion. Most modern gun safes are constructed with a thin, steel shell, lined with gypsum board (also known as drywall) and carpet. These products are frequently made with materials such as formaldehyde and pyrite. Pyrite is an iron sulfide. When it reacts with moisture and oxygen, it can create not just oxidation but sulfuric acid, which can be extremely aggressive in causing gun rust.

On top of that, pyrite can feed bacteria known as ferrooxidans. This bacterium is responsible for breaking down the pyrite and turning it into hydroxide and sulfur-based acids. However, it doesn’t just end there and ferooxidans have been known to consume many other metals.

There are all-steel gun cabinets that might be another option, but unless they’re airtight, they still aren’t going to completely keep out the elements that cause rust on corrosion on your weapon.

Keep in mind that fluctuations in temperature can result in condensation, which is enough to pose a threat of gun rust. Senior Curators at the NRA’s National Firearms Museum say the ideal temperature for storing firearms is around 70 degrees and 50-55 percent relative humidity. But not all of us have the time, energy and money right now to invest in ensuring our firearm is kept under perfect conditions.

Zerust offers effective, affordable solutions to prevent gun rust and corrosion.

Zerust Gun Rust Prevention Products

Zerust uses patented vapor corrosion inhibiting technology to form an invisible, non-toxic, odorless layer of protection around metal components. Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors, or VCI for short, have a wide range of applications, but specific to the prevention of gun rust and corrosion, Zerust offers:

  • Vapor capsules for ammo and weapons. These provide stored guns and firearms with up to two years of protection. They’re an excellent alternative to WD-40 and gun oil. We have different sizes depending on the space of your storage unit and the amount of time for which you want to protect your items. Prices range from $1.50 to $7. Simply place a capsule inside the closed storage space, and your firearms will be shielded from corrosion.
  • Multipurpose VCI Poly Bags or Guns, Ammo, Weapons. VCI multipurpose bags are simple, effective forms of rust prevention. Just put your clean, cooled item into a poly bag and close it. Each bag – between $0.25 and $2, depending on size – is made with anti-corrosion protection that will keep any ferrous metals (iron, steel and cast iron) safe for up to five years. Another upside to bags is that because they keep your firearm dry, you can store, ship and transport without constantly having to apply oil and grease.
  • VCI Weapon Protection Bags. Similar to the multipurpose bags, these come in larger sizes and are either close tie or zip tie, ranging in price from $1 to $6.25.

If you have questions about any of our materials intended for ammo and gun rust prevention, feel free to reach out to us.

Contact Zerust for information on preventing gun rust and corrosion by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.

Additional Resources:

Daily Bulletin: Pandemic Fears Continue to Fuel a Surge in Gun Purchases, March 16, 2020, The Trace

More Blog Entries:

Avoid Stored Ammo Rust With VCI Technology, March 15, 2020, Zerust Gun Rust Prevention Blog

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Avoid Stored Ammo Rust With VCI Technology

U.S. sales of ammunition have risen more than 100 percent in multiple states since just last month, and the New York Times reports a substantial surge in the number of first-time gun buyers. This spike is almost certainly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with its resulting supply chain shortages and restrictions on gathering and travel. Those with new stores of ammunition and firearms need to ensure their stock is protected from the erosive elements that can cause rust and corrosion. To prevent ammo rust, you can either purchase a large, airtight container in which to store it- or you can use a product like Zerust vapor capsules that can keep guns and ammunition safe from harmful corrosion for up to two years.

Improperly-stored ammunition can end up having the effect of weakening a bullet’s structural integrity. That poses a safety risk not just for the shooter, but for any who might be nearby when that round is fired.

Does Ammo Have a Shelf Life? 

Many ammunition manufacturers opine their product has a shelf life of about 10 years. It’s possible rounds could last longer than that if taken care of, though some gun enthusiasts might think if you’ve let ammunition sit around so long that it’s expired, you aren’t doing enough point shooting. But we may see more ammo supplies at risk of rust if they are stockpiled strictly for emergency use. But ammunition should only be used if it’s safe, and rust/corrosion can certainly render it less so.

Most factory-loaded rounds are designed to function reliably in a wide range of conditions, so long as they are protected from extreme temperature fluctuations and high heat and humidity.

Still, ammunition, like anything made of metal, will be adversely affected by the combination of moisture and oxygen. A single round of ammunition contains gunpowder inside and then a metal casing, metal primer and metal bullet (the bit that goes flying out of the end of the barrel when you shoot). The amount of time you have before the integrity of your bullet starts to break down depends on:

  • The type of metal components with which the ammo is made.
  • The type of environment in which it is stored.

Different metals react to different substances in varying ways and paces. If your ammo has any iron components (including steel), it will be prone to oxidation (ammo rust) if exposed to moisture and oxygen. Only iron alloys can rust. However, other metals can corrode in similar ways when exposed to the same elements. Other metals commonly contained in ammo include copper and lead.

How Ammo Should Be Stored

If you vacuum-sealed a container of ammunition and placed it in a place that was cool, dark and dry, it’s plausible those rounds could well last a decade or more.

But not many people want to or can invest in humidity-controlled storage for their bullets, especially right now with so much financial uncertainty.

Zerust ammo vapor capsules are an inexpensive and smart way to prevent ammo rust and ensure your stock remains well-preserved.

Contact Zerust for information on preventing ammo rust and corrosion by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.

Additional Resources:

What is Rust? 2005, Cornell Center for Materials Research

More Blog Entries:

Prevent Rifle Rust and Corrosion During Long-Term Storage, Jan. 15, 2020, Prevention of Ammo Rust Blog

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How to Prevent Hand Tool Rust, Keeping Your Tools Working and Looking New

“It’s a poor craftsman who blames his tools.”

At least that’s how the saying goes. But as any good craftsman will tell you, if you’re working with poorly-maintained hand tools, it won’t matter how skilled you are.

One of the greatest enemies of any metal tool is rust. To prevent hand tool rust, it’s important to keep them dry, clean them after every use and ensure they are properly stored. For the best rust protection, store your hand tools with VCI vapor capsules that block the rust-causing elements of moisture and air from taking hold.

Hand tools aren’t always cheap, which is why there are countless search engine results for how to remove hand tool rust. The problem is these methods are time-consuming, tedious and worst of all, can’t guarantee rust won’t return. More often than not, rusted tools end up broken or replaced.

It’s far better – and less expensive – to prevent hand tool rust from forming in the first place.

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Prevent Brass Instrument Tarnish With Zerust Anti-Tarnish Capsules

There is something about brass that produces a great, rich timbre – perfect for musical instruments. Brass is a non-ferrous metal, meaning it contains no iron and therefore cannot rust. However, it is comprised of zinc and copper, which can tarnish and corrode over time when exposed to oxygen and moisture. A good brass instrument can last 100 years or more – but only if it’s properly cared for. The best way to prevent brass instrument tarnish is to keep the instrument clean and use Zerust VCI anti-tarnish capsules. (VCI stands for vapor corrosion inhibitor.)

Tarnish will cause brass instruments to appear duller, and could even result in degradation of certain components that could diminish the robustness of sound. The resale value of a tarnished musical instrument is often greatly reduced. Damage to the finish can be accelerated with exposure to the oil and dirt on hands and faces. That’s why many musicians are so fastidious about washing their hands before handling.

Although Zerust has historically served more mechanics than musicians, we have had several instrumentalists write to us in recent years to tell us how our anti-tarnish vapor capsules have helped them to protect their prized instruments from tarnish, rust and corrosion.

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Prevent Steel Corrosion of Valuable Metal Parts With VCI Poly Bags

Many manufacturers and shippers rely on steel components in production. Some store valuable metal parts on shelves for months or years on end, with the assurance it will be available at a moment’s notice if needed. The last thing any manufacturer wants is to open that storage box to find important metal parts pocked with corrosion or rust. The parts may have to be junked for quality and safety reasons, but waiting on replacements can cause serious supply chain bottlenecks, sometimes costing more than the loss of the part itself. The better way to manage this risk is to prevent steel corrosion in the first place by storing these parts in VCI poly bags.

VCI stands for vapor corrosion inhibitor, and these bags can be indispensable if you store metal materials or parts into boxes for any extended amount of time. In some environments, corrosion can happen very quickly. Even climate-controlled warehousing won’t necessarily protect your products if there is no little to no protection from humidity.

This is true even for stainless steel. As noted in research published by the journal Nature, steel is susceptible to rust because it contains iron, one of the three elements (in addition to oxygen and water/humidity) that together cause oxidation. Stainless steel is more resistant to corrosion (to varying degrees) because of its chromium content. However, it is by no means immune. Often with exposed stainless steel, we’ll see small pits start to form because of sulphide impurities and uneven distribution of chromium content in the metal part.

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Prevent Rifle Rust and Corrosion During Long-Term Storage

Hunting seasons vary from state-to-state, but even the most avid hunters usually place their rifles in storage at least for a time. To prevent rifle rust and corrosion during long-term storage, it’s important to keep your weapon cleaned, oiled and shielded from the elements.

Proper storage of your rifle and other hunting gear is essential if you want to ensure its extended life. Many hunters store their weapons in padded or hard foam cases. This might prevent excessive scratching, but it won’t shield your weapon from the corrosive effects of moisture – especially if the rifle isn’t first carefully cleaned and oiled.

Rust is a chemical reaction that occurs anytime ferrous metal (those containing iron) comes into contact with oxygen and water or humidity. The combined effect is something called oxidation, a corrosive process that attacks the metal surface, dissolving it into that chalky, reddish-brown substance known as rust.

Keeping metal surfaces dry is the best way to prevent rifle rust and corrosion. But sometimes sources of moisture aren’t openly obvious.

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Shipping Electronics Overseas? Plastabs, Vapor Capsules Offer Electronics Corrosion Prevention

Electronics are incredibly useful, often fragile and frequently expensive. Protecting electronic equipment from damage during shipping and storage is top priority for manufacturers, shippers, warehouses and third-party logistics firms (3PLs). Knowing the best electronics corrosion prevention methods and products to ensure items arrive in the best condition is critical.

Electronics are vulnerable to corrosion and sometimes rust during shipping for a couple reasons.

One is that some electronics are crafted with parts made of ferrous metal components.. This is metal with an appreciable amount of iron. When iron is exposed to oxygen and moisture, the chemical reaction is a form of corrosion known as rust.

The second is the risk of galvanic corrosion, also known as dissimilar metal corrosion. It occurs when two different metals are located together in electrical contact while also exposed to a corrosive electrolyte (like water/moisture).

Metal parts shipped overseas are sometimes oiled, but the process can be messy (not ideal for electronics) and it’s not always effective. There is an easier, less expensive means of ensuring electronics corrosion prevention during overseas shipping so products arrive in good condition: Vapor corrosion inhibitors, or VCIs.

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Zerust Hockey Skate Blade Covers Keep Rust From Dulling Your Edge

Hockey players can endure punishment on the ice, but one opponent they’d do well to steer clear of is rust. Rusted hockey skates are dulled, which can impede a player’s ability to maneuver properly – and safely. Players may even run the risk of “blowing a tire” (i.e., falling as a result of losing an edge).

Good hockey skate blade covers can help prevent rust damage – but only if the blades are cleaned and dried and the covers made with a high-quality vapor corrosion inhibitor (VCI).

Sharpened blades give hockey players the advantage of tighter turns, quicker acceleration and better control. Well-maintained, properly-stored hockey skates help can last for years (depending on how often you’re in the barn). Even if your blades take a regular beating, rust will rapidly hasten your need for a replacement.

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VCI Vehicle Covers Trusted to Keep Corrosion, Rust in Check on Snow, Ice Removal Trucks

The rumble of snow plows, salt trucks and other road-clearing commercial vehicles is increasingly common as we enter the thick of winter storm season. Most regions in the U.S. experience snow and ice storms to some degree each year, and transportation departments rely on these machines to clear roadways, runways and parking lots. Problem is, the highly-corrosive conditions and materials (salt, snow, sand, liquid de-icers) these vehicles endure season-after-season means fleets can quickly go out-of-service. Local governments invest hundreds of thousands of dollars on this problem, and many struggle to replace existing units on a regular schedule. They have a vested interest in extending the service life of their equipment, so many have come to rely on VCI vehicle covers.

VCI stands for “vapor corrosion inhibitor.” VCI vehicle covers are manufactured with non-toxic, rust-repelling vapor molecules that provide long-term protection to the metal parts encased inside. Many municipalities and even the U.S. military have become evangelists for VCI products in recent years. Rust and corrosion costs the Pentagon more money annually than some of its most expensive weapons systems – up to $21 billion annually, according to a Defense Management audit last year by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Another study by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration revealed direct costs associated with metallic corrosion just in the motor vehicle sector alone is $23.4 billion-a-year. Several noted “optimum corrosion management practices” – including the use of VCI vehicle covers – had the potential to slash these expenses by one-third.

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Searching the Best Gun Rust Prevention Products for Firearm Storage

Rust is always a risk when it comes to metal, and firearms are no exceptions – particularly carry guns because of their constant proximity to the human body. The best gun rust prevention products are those that are chemical-free, tidy, inexpensive and don’t require too much time and elbow grease.

The bad news is most modern rust rust preventatives on the market don’t fit the bill. The good news is, Zerust gun rust prevention products do. We offer a broad selection of firearm anti-rust products everyday use as well as long-term storage, depending on your needs.

The Risks of Gun Rust

In the modern age of smokeless powder, forged barrels and non-corrosive primers, gun rust isn’t the plague it was for 19th Century weapons exposed to the corrosive effects of mercuric primers and potassium salt-laden black powder residue. That doesn’t mean firearm owners shouldn’t take rust risk seriously, especially if your storage strategy doesn’t involve an airtight case. Time and the elements can be rough on all metals – even stainless steel and aluminum. Many are surprised at how little time and elemental exposure it takes to do real damage to a firearm.

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Preventing Bicycle Rust That Can Bust Your Ride if You Store it Outdoors

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.

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VCI Motorcycle Rust Prevention for Fall, Winter Storage

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.

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ATV Rust Covers Prevent Long-Term Corrosion Damage

There’s more than one way to wreck an ATV. Hidden stumps, too-fast turns – and let’s not forget rust. Unlike a sudden crash, corrosion to your quad can creep up over time, but still resulting in costly damage and potentially dangerous component wear. Zerust ATV rust covers help prevent this kind of blow to your investment.

Roughly 750,000 ATVs are purchased each year in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ATVs – short for all terrain vehicles – are made for outdoor treks, often muddy and wet. Fail to take necessary precautions – especially if you ride near the sea or on salty roads, and you will get rust.

It’s true that some ATV models do a better job of shielding against this risk, but the truth of the matter is, any that contain iron or steel segments will have the potential to corrode. Not only is this a problem aesthetically, it can erode the structural integrity of the frame or functional fitness of suspension, brakes and exhaust system.

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Preventing Silver Coin Tarnish an Imperative to Collectors

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.

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Prevent Corroded Barrels With the Right Gun Cleaner and Gun Oil

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

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Electric Panel Box Rust Prevention: Zerust Vapor Capsules Offer Protection

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.

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Prevent Classic Car Rust With Zerust Car Covers

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.

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Preventing Ammo Rust With Proper Storage, Including VCI Poly Bags, Capsules

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:

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.

Additional Resources:

Ammo Storage: How To Avoid Common Amateur Mistakes, August 2016, SkilledSurvival.com

More Blog Entries:

Prevent Gun Barrel Rust With Zerust Tube and Barrel Strip, Feb. 11, 2019, Ammo Corrosion Prevention Experts

Ask Rust Prevention Experts: Does Summer Weather Accelerate Rust?

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.

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Fighting Rust: The Last Battle for U.S. WWII Ships, Other Historic Artifacts

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.

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Don’t Let Boat Rust Keep You Anchored This Summer

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.

Additional Resources:

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

More Blog Entries:

Zerust Boat Rust Prevention Keeps Corrosion at Bay, May 15, 2018, Zerust Boat Rust Prevention Blog

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Prevent Skateboard Rust, Lengthen Your Longboard’s Lifespan

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.

Additional Resources:

Skateboarding Popularity Is Growing – Get Ahead of the Curve, May 2018, National Parks and Recreation Association

More Blog Entries:

Zerust Skate Guard Covers Key to Rust-Free Beautiful Blades, Oct. 30, 2019, Zerust Skate Rust Prevention Blog

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VCI Technology Helps in Preventing Golf Club Rust

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. 

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Preventing Motorcycle Rust Key as Used Model Sales Increase

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.

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A Cut Above the Rest: Preventing Rust on Collectible Knives

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.

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Saltwater Fishing Reel and Tackle Box Rust Prevention Tips Ahead of Spring Break

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

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Rust Prevention Easier Than the Cure: Breakthrough Study Shows Why Rust Is So Tough to Tackle

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. 

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Prevent Gun Barrel Rust With Zerust Tube and Barrel Strip

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. 

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Help Prevent Rust on Baking Sheets and Other Bake/Cookware With Non-Toxic Vapor Capsules

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.prevent rust on baking sheets

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.

Additional Resources:

How to Remove Rust from Metal Kitchen Items, Merry Maids

More Blog Entries:

Prevent Silver Tarnish of Special Serving Dishes, Platters and Utensils, Dec. 23, 2018, Rust Prevention for Baking Sheets Blog

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Battling Boat Rust? Zerust VCI Capsules for Boats Will Help Win the War Against Rust

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.VCI capsules for boats

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.

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Prevent Silver Tarnish of Special Serving Dishes, Platters and Utensils

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. 

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Chilling Out: Cold Weather Gun Rust Prevention

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.