Anyone who’s ever had the unfortunate surprise of discovering rust damage on a tool, bicycle or boat knows how quickly it can ruin your day and blow your budget.
Turns out, the U.S. Department of Defense can empathize – on a very grand scale. The Government Accountability Office reports that corrosion costs the agency an estimated $23 billion annually, taking an estimated 16 percent of military assets (namely planes and ships) out of action. It was also reported that corrosion has been responsible for dozens of accidents and deaths within the department over the past three decades.
And that’s just in one federal department. NACE International reports that rust and corrosion collectively cost the U.S. a staggering $276 billion in direct losses every single year.
Prevention is the Most Cost Effective Approach
Just as corrosion can render your rifle or table saw unusable and dangerous, the corrosion of government tools, weapons, vehicles and equipment degrades their function and safe use. That ultimately leaves us less ready to respond to a crisis.
The Defense Science Board Task Force has estimated we could potentially reduce one-third of corrosion-related costs by investing in certain prevention and mitigation efforts, many of which are a fraction of the losses we sustain by letting nature take its course. One solution is the use of vapor corrosion inhibitors, or VCIs for short. In combination with other humidity-controlling storage methods, inexpensive VCI products have been found to extend the life of entire fleets of vehicles and equipment by years.
The DOD’s science task force report points to something those of us at Zerust have known for years: When it comes to rust damage, prevention is always preferable to dealing with it after the fact.
Consider, for example, where these consumer products are concerned:
- A good bicycle on average costs somewhere between $350 and $1,000. On the other hand, a Zerust bicycle cover for a single-rider bike is between $20 and $50. Take care of that bike by keeping it clean and storing it properly, it will last you many years with likely few repairs.
- Table saws at national hardware chain stores can run buyers anywhere from $200 to $4,000, depending on the make and model. Compare that to the Zerust table saw cover, which costs between $50 and $55 and offers up to five years of corrosion and rust damage prevention.
- Motorcycles can vary dramatically by price, but on average cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. A Zerust motorcycle cover, meanwhile, costs between $100 and $130 and can spare you the time and expense of costly repairs for up to five years.
It’s the same story for the VCI covers we sell for firearms, boats, ice skates, air conditioners, cars, ATVs, tools and more. The bottom line is that by investing a small amount in preventing rust damage, you save yourself a great deal of time, expense and grief in the long run.
The Never-Ending War Against Rust Damage
The cost of corrosion is nothing new. In fact, as noted by Jonathan Waldman, author of “Rust: The Longest War,” humans been battling corrosion and rust damage since we first started using metal. It just don’t typically make front page news. The reality is it costs us more than all other natural disasters – combined. Mitigation efforts are virtually always ongoing.
Corrosion and rust will continue to be a threat to the budgets of governments and consumers for as long as we’re using metal materials. The good news is that with the emergence of VCI technology, we have an effective, affordable weapon to fight back.
Contact Zerust for information on our rust prevention products by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.
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ATVs, short for “all terrain vehicles,” are built to endure punishing outdoor conditions, but they’ll last much longer if you take care of them. If it’s a choice between ATV rust prevention or tackling a rust problem after it’s taken hold, prevention will always be the better bet.
Rust and corrosion are the chemical processes by which metal weakens and breaks down when exposed even for short periods to oxygen and water and/or moisture. Elements like dirt, salt and mud can hasten the process. ATVs were meant to be driven off-road, in the muck, snow, gravel and grime. That makes taking care of your ride all the more important – especially because if rust does develop, that’s not only an issue of aesthetics but safety.
Even if you are able to get rid of ATV rust, the affected components might never be quite the same. Rust is unlikely to be listed as a causal factor in many ATV crashes, but it’s common knowledge that lack of maintenance can cause components to weaken and even fail. With more than 90,000 ATV-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments annually, it’s not worth the gamble – for the sake of your own well-being as your potential liability if someone else is hurt.
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.
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.
What is Rust? 2005, Cornell Center for Materials Research
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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).
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.
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For this, the final installment of the Zerust HQ Workbench for 2017, we found ourselves doing a little bit of online analytics. We’ll spare you the boring details. Long story short, we study he words that people use on their internet spacebar or toolbar to find get to the super fantastic rust prevention technology that is Zerust. Like reading tea leaves left online by you, dear Z-lings, we’re able to use this information to improve communication with you, the customer. Why? Because we value your business.
We commend you for searching high and low for the best in rust prevention. We admit we’re impressed with the variety of ways you’ve employed in order to grasp the best anti-rust treatment money can buy. We appreciate the effort. But we care too much about you to let you toil any further.
So, dear, Z-lings, we’d like to offer you the opportunity to save a little time in 2018. Here’s a New Year’s resolution you should have no trouble keeping in the coming year…
When you’re in need of top notch rust protection that lasts up to five years at a time for everything from your bicycles, cars, motorcycles, to your ice skates and hunting gear, cut to the chase and simply punch in “Zerust” or “Zerust Products” on your internet toolbar and search bar.
In need of a rust inhibitor for your air conditioner cover during the winter months? Riddle me this Dear Z-lings. The answer is Zerust Products.
Looking to rust proof your boat, motorcycle or automobile? Relax. The answer once again is simply Zerust Products.
That’s right, dear faithful Z-lings, the time has come for you to toil no more. When it comes to searching for corrosion inhibitor products, get to the point and simply type in Zerust Products – the shortest, surest route to a rust free New Year!
From all of us to all of you…Happy New Year!
The Zerust Family of Products
Z-HQ – WorkBench 10/31/17
My favorite thing to do on Halloween as a kid was to dress up as a ghost. My mom would crudely cut a few holes in a bedsheet for my eyes and mouth, throw it over my head, loosely wrap a belt around my neck to keep the sheet on, and off I’d go trick or treating with my friends through the neighborhood. With the exception of the belt wrapped around my neck (this was the seventies after all. We didn’t know any better back then), it was a great costume and I had a hell of a lot of fun wearing it.
And so in honor of Halloween, and my favorite childhood costume we’re going to talk about Zerust Car Covers. But most importantly, it’s getting to that time of year when precious things go in storage in order to protect them from the elements.
If you’ve got a set of wheels that only go out on special occasions or, at the very least, when the weather’s fair, now’s a good time to invest in one of these corrosion proof, water resistant, mold proof, and of course, rust-inhibiting doohickeys. Fun Fact: I just put one of these babies over my ‘66 Fairlane for the season and man it feels good knowing that classic short will be kept warm and dry, snug, and rust free all winter long.
Whether it’s a valuable antique or a collectible automobile you’re storing, or just a sweet set of wheels that you’re extra precious about, keep it safe this season from the damages of rust, corrosion, dust and moisture with a Zerust Car Cover. But make no mistake. This ain’t no flimsy bedsheet.
Zerust Car covers are woven with Zerust’s patented VCI (Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors) corrosion-inhibiting formulas which add an extra layer of rust protection on the surface of your car.
So, go ahead, fight the elements and even father time himself. And, in honor of Halloween, have a bit of fun by giving your car the chance to ghost through the winter months with this heavy duty, rust preventing overlay. It’s like your car becomes a phantom, free from the laws of decay and deterioration that govern this dimension. Let’s just hope the thing just doesn’t light up at night, blaring the golden oldies station like Stephen King’s Christine.
Whoa! Now we’re getting into the spirit of the season, Z-Lings. Happy Halloween!
For this month’s installment of the Z-HQ Workbench, dear Z-lings, we’re going to take a step back and feature a little feedback from one of our new customers. This next message comes from Ben Kilbane, of Chicago, Illinois. Ben is a blues musician who collects vintage musical instruments for a hobby. He’s the owner of some extraordinarily rare, vintage gear and he’s always looking for ways to better preserve his investments. Ben writes:
I’m a blues musician here in Chicago, Illinois, a guitarist mainly. I own a number of rare, vintage guitars, and my favorite is a 1962 Fender Telecaster. [This is the one with the vintage saddle and bridge. It’s a beautiful, classic guitar just like the one Steve Cropper used during his time with Booker T. & The MG’s. Y’know the one, “Green Onions”? “Slim Jenkins Place” “Hip Hug-Her”?] It’s my main axe, and it’s been around a long time – over fifty years rocking the world. Naturally I want to ensure that it last another fifty years or more – for my children, and, god willing, their children too.
To be sure, this old Telecaster [I call her Thea by the way] takes a beating. I gig out regularly, so old Thea submits to a lot of blood, sweat, and the occasional tear depending on how hot my band is playing that night. You name it. I towel her off after every show, but it’s not enough. The old vintage saddle can only be cleaned so much. What I’ve found is that no matter how much TLC I give it, there’s still a bit of rust build up around the hardware. Drives me crazy. I keep it cloaked with a clean, dry towel when it’s inside the case. But I’ve discovered over the years that’s not enough either.
I needed to find a newer, more stealth solution to keep it from rusting. So I went on the lookout. Fortunately a friend of mine who’s a mechanic and swears by your products [he keeps a Vapor Capsule in every one of his toolboxes] tipped me off and suggested I put a Vapor capsule inside my guitar case alongside old “Thea the Tele”. I figure what the heck? It can’t hurt.
So I went to my local hardware store and bought a whole bundle, one for each of my guitars in fact. Now I’ve got one inside every guitar case alongside every guitar in my collection. I’ll keep you posted as to how things turn out.
Thank you, Ben, for getting in touch with us here at Zerust. And thank you for giving our Vapor Capsules a shot. Although, traditionally, we’ve been known more among people like your good friend, the mechanic, we’re happy to bring our rust protection technology and products to the world of music. We’re confident we can help with the preservation of your classic instruments.
Lastly, we look forward to hearing from you with updates on how our Vapor Capsules are helping to keep the blues alive in Chicago, and your vintage gear in tip top shape!
-Michael J. Miller for Zerust
Zerust anti-corrosion products work well not only around the house and garage for personal use, but also around the warehouse and factory floor for professional use.
Here’s a bit of advice for those of you out there who are using Zerust for more highly skilled purposes.
If you’ve followed Zerust long enough, (and we know you have, dear Z-lings) by now you know that corrosion is the degradation of metal over time. When metal surfaces interact with moisture and gas (oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and all that other stuff in the air) they begin the natural process of breaking down.
The metal wants to remain in its natural state. Unfortunately, the laws of nature dictate that rust can form on unprotected metal surfaces within hours. If you don’t protect your inventory while it’s on the shelf, it won’t be worth a hill of beans when it’s time to fulfill an order. So you’ve got to act fast and employ the right line of defense. Protect your inventory on the shop and warehouse floor with Zerust. Manage corrosion with Zerust products and services, and save your company from the extraordinary expense of wear and tear that results when inventory sits idle for extended periods of time.
Zerust products beat rust on a molecular level:
All Zerst products are produced (bestowed, constructed, forged you might say) with Zerust’s patented corrosion inhibiting vapor molecules. These patented agents have the strength to counteract the elements – ya know, all that stuff in the air like oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, etc., and, of course, moisture – that degrade metal. Yeah. That stuff. [Mother nature is one tough cookie, lemme tell ya].
When you use Zerust multipurpose VCI Poly Bags, Plastabs, or any other Zerust protective cover product, you’re conserving your valuables with scientific precision. Ya see, the anti-corrosion vapors in all of our products are emitted into the enclosed area of the bag or film and serve to protect what you keep inside. The vapor saturates the air and bonds with the metal to form a protective barrier around the metal surface. The vapor dissipates when you open the bag or cover, and saturates the air all over again when you re-seal it.
Most Industrial metal parts of good, high grade quality are manufactured with a VCI (Volatile Corrosion Inhibitor) layer. But this layer can easily wear thin over time when faced with the onslaught of the elements. As such, these VCI layers – when exposed to oxygen (and other gases in the air) and moisture – can break down completely within a couple of hours, thus leaving your stuff vulnerable. Using Zerust products for storage, however, helps keep your inventory fit for up to five years.
Packing and Handling Instructions:
- When packing parts, always go the clean and dry route, no matter what.
- Confirm that your inventory is at room temperature before packing it up for storage. If not, the moisture of colder temperatures will counteract the vapor and potentially breed rust. The rust will wreak havoc on your inventory while it sits idle on the warehouse shelf.
- Believe it or not, the natural oils on your hands and skin can wear down that thin layer of VCI that coats most high grade manufactured parts. To prevent this from happening, always wear clean and dry gloves before handling metal parts.
- When packing more than one part, be sure to include some Zerust sheets to provide separation between the metal surfaces.
- Make sure everything is packed tight to restrict airflow.
There you go. All done. Until next time, don’t let your stuff turn to dust. Turn to Zerust!
-Michael J. Miller for Zerust