Rust is the bane of any tool owner’s existence, damaging the look and feel of the metal and ultimately inhibiting the tool’s effectiveness. Tool rust is a chemical process that can occur anytime the metal components interact with air and moisture. Garage storage is ideal for many tool owners because that’s where people often keep a work bench or space. But while garages, sheds or basements may provide basic shelter from the elements, they are not going to prevent rust entirely.
Hand tools may be especially susceptible to rust. This is partly because they contain so many metal components, but also because those components come directly into contact with skin oils and sweat. It is essential to be proactive about stopping rust before it can cause any damage to tools.
Ideal tool storage involves clean, dry tools, low humidity, cool, even temperatures, proper air circulation and the use of vapor corrosion inhibitors, such as drawer liners, plastabs, poly bags and vapor capsules.
A classic car tells the tale of not just where we’re going, but where we’ve been. But the threat of classic car rust can put the brakes on that story. In the case of one disabled veteran who loves to take scenic rides in the right lane with his service animal, rust is threatening to potentially upend his remaining retirement.
According to the Las Cruces Sun News, the former combat vet/stuntman purchased a brand new Chevrolet El Camino in 1983 in a small Kentucky town. He named her Consuela, and she’s been his main mode of motor transport ever since. However, he’s hit a bump in the road since moving from Florida to New Mexico to try to register it – and rust is reportedly to blame.
The newspaper reports the motor vehicle division in his new home city can’t verify the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the car. The primary numbers are faded, but the secondary display, located on the frame of the car, is obscured by rust. There’s no sticker to verify the VIN on the dash, and the car was made before auto manufacturers were required to maintain onboard diagnostic VIN readers. He found the original purchase documents, but the city says that still doesn’t help him solve the VIN issue.
Although most classic car owners don’t typically share this same sort of headache, almost all are familiar with the risk of classic car rust.
The U.S. motorcycle industry roared into 2021, with reported sales up 33 percent from this time last year. Many new buyers are seeking more sources of outdoor recreation. But taking it outdoors means exposure to the elements, which means you run the risk of rust. Caring for a new motorcycle means ensuring not only that it’s regularly maintained but also properly stored. This is where a quality rust prevention motorcycle cover comes in.
Rust occurs when iron or iron alloy metals are exposed to both oxygen and moisture. This kicks off a natural process called oxidation, which is what can corrode the metal surfaces. Unless metal is somehow sealed or protected with vapor corrosion inhibitors (VCI), rust is inevitable. Corrosion can occur with other types of metals as well, though rust is specific to iron metals.
Motorcycles and motorcycle parts can rust or corrode when their metal parts get wet, have condensation, are snowed on or come into contact with any moisture. The process can be accelerated with exposure to elements like salt (on the road or in the air). This is why it’s so important not only to properly clean your motorcycle but also store it in a low-humidity environment. Using a VCI helps protect your bike not only from dirt and debris, but also from the chemical processes that cause rust and corrosion.
It appears the home fitness boom is here to stay, which also means there are going to be many who will need to know how to prevent home gym equipment rust and corrosion.
When pandemic-related lockdowns took effect last year, the home fitness industry took off like wildfire, with people dropping dollars on everything from $20 yoga mats to $4,000 cardio machines. Revenue of home health equipment more than doubled. Sales of treadmills spiked nearly 140 percent. Stationary bike sales tripled. Such sales have endured through the seasons.
Gym equipment rust and corrosion can occur in basements and garages under the right conditions, particularly in garages because they aren’t often sealed and insulated as well as other indoor structures. The two greatest catalysts for gym equipment rust are:
- High humidity (including sweat).
- Improper maintenance.
The good news is that rust of gym equipment, particularly weights, can be prevented with proper maintenance and storage.
For firearm enthusiasts, rust is a four-letter word. Gun barrel rust may not be particularly unsightly (it’s probably not the first thing you’ll notice), but it can certainly impact the safety and performance of your firearm. Rust and debris inside the barrel results in a drastic pressure increase after a round is charged, causing a bulged or split barrel – or potentially even exploding the gun’s action.
Ensuring your gun is corrosion-free is pivotal. Proper cleaning and storage is key.
Keep in mind that each time you fire, residue is left in the barrel, chamber and action. That residue can build up over time. Failing to address it could result in a serious safety issue. Even new firearms need regular cleaning and maintenance.
Zerust tube and barrel strips are among the most effective means of firearm cleaning and gun barrel rust prevention.
For many cyclists, a new bike is a major financial investment. You want to be certain your ride lasts for a long time, which means you need to take the threat of bicycle rust and corrosion seriously. Rust – or any form of corrosion – can shorten the lifespan of any bike.
Bicycle sales boomed last year during the pandemic, with urban ridership up 21 percent in the U.S. compared to the previous year. Rails-to-Trails conservancy reported a 110 percent uptick on rail-trail ridership last year too. Cycling allowed people to avoid public transportation and maintain social distance while also getting exercise. Although sales may have tapered off, many have fallen in love with cycling and global sales are estimated to top $83 billion by 2027.
Whether you’re an avid cyclist or only venture out for an occasional weekend spin, preserving the integrity of your bicycle’s components is an imperative to avoiding costly repairs and replacements. Proper cleaning, drying and storage of your ride is essential to preventing bicycle rust. As for storage, recognize that not all bicycle covers are created equal.
Across the country, fishing is a family affair, with nearly 17 percent of people ages 6 and up angling at least once a year and most saying their primary enjoyment comes from spending time with loved ones. The experience can be far less enjoyable, though, if you reach into your bait and tackle box to find that rust has wormed its way in.
Rusty tackle is a headache most anglers want to avoid, as it typically requires replacing the affected pieces. The more efficient solution – financially and time-wise – is to find an effective means of bait and tackle box rust prevention.
Air conditioner sales have been on a meteoric rise in recent years, with about 8.5 million new units sold in a single recent year. Central air units can cost between $1,500 and $10,000 or more (depending on the footprint of the home), and repairs to existing units aren’t cheap either. If you’re considering buying a new air conditioner or just wanting to take care of the unit you have, consider investing in a low-cost but effective system to protect it: An air conditioner cover.
Lots of folks who use air conditioning covers only think to do so in the fall or winter. There’s good reason to protect your unit during these seasons, but as our corrosion and rust prevention experts at Zerust can explain, having an air conditioner cover in the spring and summer months can be beneficial as well, particularly if you don’t have the unit running the whole time or are anticipating a summer storm.
Main Benefits of an Air Conditioner Cover
Although central air systems are built durably to withstand many elements, they aren’t weatherproof. In one study conducted by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service at LSU, researchers found that homeowners on average saved $33 monthly by getting annual tune-ups of their air conditioners – and keeping them covered during inclement weather. That works out to about $400 a year. Ultimately, you could be extending the lifespan of your unit by years, potentially saving you thousands.
A hull lot of new boat owners have a special interest in boat rust prevention this year.
Boating sales in the U.S. last year reached a 13-year record high, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Sales of recreational vessels are expected to remain at historic levels in 2021, with many manufacturers still scrambling to fill backorders from last year.
Whether you’ve got a personal watercraft, a wake boat, freshwater fishing boat or pontoon boat, schooner or later, you’ll need a plan to prevent rust and corrosion. These chemical processes are a threat to all types of vehicles, tools and electronics, but boats face unique risk. That’s because they are constantly exposed to the elements – water, in particular, and saltwater especially. Rust is a specific form of corrosion that occurs when oxygen meets iron meets moisture. Other chemical processes can cause other forms of equally damaging corrosion.
Corrosion damage can be very expensive to fix – and count on insurance help, either. As BoatUS Magazine notes, rust damage is rarely covered. Sometimes, insurers can fairly allege that even some accidents and cases of sunken boats are denied coverage because of the role corrosion played in the incident.
So you’re far from the first deckhand to face down possible rust-related boating blight. The U.S. Navy, for example, considers it a “$6 billion scourge.” But the military, just like many large auto makers and computer electronics suppliers, have all significantly reduced their losses on this front by employing something called vapor corrosion inhibiting technology (VCI). Now, it’s available to recreational vessel owners, and is highly effective at shielding boats from rust and corrosion damage while in storage.
Golf season is about to be in full swing! Whether you’ve just treated yourself a to shiny new set of clubs or are dusting off your trusty irons and wedges, it’s important that you care for them properly to prevent golf club rust so they’ll stay swinging for many more seasons to come.
Why Golf Clubs Rust
Golf clubs are made of all different kinds of metal, varying by brand, style, type and cost. Starter clubs are often made with zinc or aluminum. These are nice because they’re lightweight, but they usually won’t last more than a few years (longer if you take care of them). These substances won’t rust (only iron and iron alloys do that), but they can be reactive to water and oxygen and they can corrode. Steel and stainless steel is usually the next level up. These are strong metals, but they do contain iron and they can be susceptible to rust. There is also maraging metal, which is stainless steel that’s been put through a special hardening process. It’s popular for faceplates in high-performing woods or in low-profile fairway woods and utility irons. It can be vulnerable to rust and corrosion. Finally, there is titanium. Some of the priciest clubs are made with titanium. Pure titanium is incredibly rust and corrosion proof, but pure titanium anything is hard to find. Most titanium golf clubs are actually made with titanium alloys, meaning they’re still potentially susceptible to corrosion.
Of course, you might still technically be able to golf if there is a bit of rust on the face of the club, but it is a common myth that it will increase your spin rate. Despite what pro golfer Bobby Jones once said about the advantage of “a bit” of rust and slight pitting boosting his backspin, independent research has proven there isn’t any performance advantage to having rusty wedges. In fact, it might actually lower the effectiveness of the club grooves and decrease the amount of ball-to-face contact.
The other issue is that once rust develops, it rarely stops at “just a bit.” Rust on the club shaft can be extremely detrimental. In fact, it’s the top cause of golf club breakage.
Many motorists are so fixated on keeping their car clean that they overlook the risk of undercarriage rust. The irony is that most people wash their vehicle not just to make it look nice but to clear it of corrosive elements like dirt and salt. But wash the undercarriage the wrong way – with indiscriminate high pressure and harsh chemicals – and your vehicle could be more prone to undercarriage rust.
Rust is a chemical process that occur when metal meets oxygen meets water. Rust is specific to ferrous metals (iron and its alloys) but corrosion can happen with all different types of metals, precipitated or accelerated by certain compounds. Salt and chemicals used to deice roads are a good example. (In fact, Phillips Industries, an electrical products manufacturer for the commercial vehicle industry, reports an uptick of corrosion from deicing compounds magnesium chloride and calcium, which are effective in clearing road ice but are 50 percent smaller than road salt rocks, so it’s easier for them to wedge their way into tighter spots.)
For this reason, it’s important to make sure your car – particularly if you’ve got an antique, classic or valuable sports car – is cleaned and dried properly before parking or storing it. When your vehicle is in storage, a Zerust car cover provides the ultimate protection against undercarriage rust.
Wash This Way
Even professional washes and detailing can put the metal frame at risk. Routine washing does lower the potential for buildup of chemicals, mud and grime. However, our rust prevention experts understand that it’s imperative for vehicles and undercarriages to be washed the right way – and with the right cleaning agents.
In particular, pressure washing can be especially hazardous. Undercarriages appear to be strong and sturdy, but they are not impervious to damage by pressurized water. If the pressure stream is too high – and especially if it’s directed toward sealed components – it can push out or past protective material or gaskets meant to prevent rust and corrosion.
If you must have your car pressure washed, take special care to avoid any electrical connections. If you accidentally force water into open connections on the electrical system where it can’t escape, you’re risking immediate damage but also long-term undercarriage corrosion. Don’t point the spray directly at any pinion, breather, wheel seal or input/output. To do so is to risk pushing contaminants into and past the seal lips.
Also, don’t use harsh chemicals, detergents, degreasers or anything that has acids in it. Mild cleaners can get the job done and won’t wreak havoc on the metal. And don’t leave any soap behind on electrical connections.
Choosing the Risk Car Cover to Prevent Undercarriage Rust
Even the most affordable sports car is likely to be an investment of at least $30,000 or so. If you’re going to take the care to wash it meticulously, storing it with care is the next logical step.
You can find all kinds of cheap car covers that will generally do fine to block out the sun and keep out major dust build-up. The problem is these can do more harm than good when it comes to rust because they trap tiny droplets of moisture inside, causing corrosion while your car is covered up. Zerust covers are different because they are made with a special vapor corrosion inhibiting lining that is not only water resistant and mold-proof, it’s also rust-inhibiting. They’re also made to be driven onto (rather than just be tossed over the top) so they provide direct, constant protection to the undercarriage.
Keep in mind that even if you have a newer vehicle that is built to better withstand corrosive elements, nothing made with metal is corrosion-proof.
Zerust car covers protect your vehicle for a full five years after the date of purchase, keeping your whole vehicle in the best shape possible for your next spin – and many more to come!
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Home improvement tools – like the renovations they help make a reality – are investments. Tool rust prevention doesn’t have to be pricey, but it is necessary if you hope to use those saw blades, drill bits, plies and hammers more than a few times.
Home improvement spending has been off the charts in recent years, growing by double the rate of the rest of the retail sector even before the COVID-19 pandemic spurred a boom of renovations over the past year. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau found home improvement-related retail sales grew nearly 12 percent last year, even as overall retail sells fell by about 4 percent. One study by Consumer Specialists revealed that in the last year, an increasing number of homeowners were planning or in the midst of home renovations, many involving bathrooms, kitchens and landscaping/gardening.
Projects like these can’t be completed without the proper tools – and few are dirt cheap. Tools, like renovations, are investments, and they require care to ensure they don’t become. Here, we offer our Top 3 Tool Rust Prevention Strategies from Zerust.
Mountain bikes are designed to take some punishment and navigate rough terrain. But all cyclists will find their ride remains vulnerable to rust and corrosion if they aren’t careful, ultimately shortening its lifespan. With proper maintenance – and the right bicycle cover – you can prevent mountain bike rust and keep your wheels rolling for years to come.
It should be noted that rust is specific to iron and its alloys (such as steel). Rust is just one form of corrosion. Corrosion can impact a broad range of metals, including aluminum (a key material in the manufacturing of many mountain bikes). Both are chemical reactions, primarily involving a meeting of metal, moisture and oxygen. The process over time will cause degradation of metals. That’s bad news on a bike, where every component is critical for smooth operation.
Although there are thousands of online articles about how to remove bike rust once it’s taken hold, the fact is it’s much more cost effective to prevent it if possible. Here are some expert tips on preventing mountain bike rust.
Tool rust prevention is essential for the growing number of individuals, couples, families and digital nomads are ditching “sticks and bricks” homes for full-time RV life.
According to the RV Industry Association, manufacturer RV shipments increased 44 percent in 2020 over 2019, and survey data indicates the demand is likely to continue, with more than 60 million Americans planning to take at least one RV trip in the next 12 months.
Whether you are a newbie, a part-timer, a full-timer or a snowbird, one thing that can’t be overstated is the importance of your tools. Things like pliers, wrenches, ladders, flashlights, knives, socket sets and more – all essential to road life. But pretty much all tools with metal components are vulnerable to rust and corrosion – especially when they’re in and out of storage and routinely exposed to sweat, humidity and moisture.
Campers and recreational vehicles of any size are essentially traps for humidity because of the compact living quarters. Many don’t come standard with significant insulation, either. Any time your metal tools are exposed to air and humidity, you run he risk of rust and corrosion. The same goes for things like cast iron skillets, propane tanks, boating equipment, fishing and tackle gear, electronics, bicycles and other items you may use frequently on the road.
The risk is even more outsized if you spend a considerable time boondocking (dry camping) because your equipment is more likely to meet the direct impact of the elements.
The year 2020 will be remembered for many things, but hopefully a few of those – like the new fitness regimes so many adopted – will be positive. With gyms, yoga centers and other fitness centers shuttered for extended periods over the year, many invested in apps, as well as at-home gym and sports equipment. If any of those with metal components have been placed in storage for the time being, you’ll want to ensure they’re protected. You can prevent sports equipment rust and corrosion with VCI technology.
Of course you know that any metal has the potential to be susceptible to rust (if ferrous) or corrosion (if non-ferrous). Both are chemical reactions typically caused when metal elements are exposed to oxygen and water or humidity. Most fitness equipment is made of aluminum, carbon steel or some other metal alloy. That’s a mix of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, but both can be prone to corrosive damage under the right conditions.
Sporting goods are often even more susceptible to rust and corrosion because of a fourth element: Salt. Specifically, the salt contained in sweat. This is why you’ll notice damage to certain elements of your workout equipment faster than others. (Handles and keyboards on treadmills, ellipticals, weights and spin bikes are especially exposed – even if you wear workout gloves.) If you’re located on a coast, the damage can be accelerated. Sunlight, too, can exacerbate corrosion issues, as can quick variations in temperature. If equipment is stored outdoors or in a garage or in a damp basement, expect the damage to happen faster.
Anyone who owns a motorcycle or is shopping for one recognizes that motorcycles require some basic maintenance. What many aren’t sure about is whether motorcycle covers are worth the investment. After all, many cars sit out in the elements for a time and seem fine. But motorcycle covers should be considered by owners to be basic maintenance.
Aside from the obvious theft risk that covers can help mitigate, it’s important to note is that motorcycle components are much more exposed than those of other types of vehicles. Bikes that are stored outdoors are obviously susceptible to UV damage, dust and moisture from rain, snow or fog. Those that are stored indoors are not immune from damage, rust and other corrosion, particularly dust and moisture.
So motorcycle covers are absolutely worth it. But not all are created equal. A motorcycle cover that does nothing else but provide a cover may keep dust at bay, but it won’t shield your ride against moisture. This can leave it susceptible to rust – particularly in those areas that aren’t immediately visible. Ultimately, the cost of a motorcycle cover doesn’t compare to the price of damage that may be caused by not having one.
The home gardening “bloom” of 2020 coincided with widespread COVID-19 lockdowns. Gardening is a soothing, family-friendly hobby and a means to ease food security concerns when resources are tight. If you’re one of those who jumped on the tillage train – and want to keep doing so – it’s important to prevent garden tool rust in prepping your supplies for winter storage.
Properly preparing and storing your garden supplies in the winter is critical to preventing rust and corrosion. Corrosion occurs when a refined metal is gradually destroyed by chemical and/or electrochemical reactions in their environment. Iron and iron alloys (of which many gardening tools are made) are susceptible to a specific type of corrosion called rust when exposed to moisture/humidity and oxygen. Other types of corrosion can occur to tools made of metal, brass, aluminum and chromium.
Zerust has a number of solutions to prevent garden tool rust and corrosion for those hoping to avoid the unpleasant surprise of discovering degraded tools when they pull them out from the shed for next season.
There are (incredibly) those who think fishing is nothing more than casting money into the water. Those of us who love it are of a different mind – but we aren’t trying to waste a dollar either. Experienced anglers know it’s smart to winterize your boat, rods, reels and lures – and plan a tackle box rust prevention strategy for storage too while you’re at it.
Fishing has become an increasingly popular sport and hobby in recent years. The 2018 Special Report on Fishing by The Outdoor Foundation that in 2017, nearly 50 million Americans partook in recreational fishing in and along the country’s shorelines, riverbanks and boats. Collectively, these amounted to more than 885 million outings. Although statistics aren’t available for 2020 yet, there is every indication even more people have caught the fishing bug, particularly with so many looking to the outdoors while searching for ways to get out of the house during the pandemic.
Long-time fishing enthusiasts sometimes need a reminder that tackle box rust prevention takes a little effort. But those who are brand new to fishing especially may not realize how susceptible their gear is to corrosion. Simply put: Anything that is metal has the potential to corrode when it comes into contact with water/moisture and air. If you don’t store your tackle box properly, you could find an expensive lesson come spring.
Vintage motorcycles are experiencing something of a revival. According to The Journal of ClassicCars.com, classic car auctioneers reported remarkable sales this month, with one three-day auction leading to the sale of nearly $5 million in older model motorcycles – the most expensive going for more than $128,000. This is just one of a number of similar motorcycle auctions across the country that are increasingly well-attended. To protect their investment, new owners of vintage motorcycles should make rust prevention a top priority.
What is a Vintage Motorcycle?
Personal finance researchers at Value Penguin define antique motorcycles are those that are at least 35-years-old and yet maintain the appearance as intended when first built or manufactured. A vintage motorcycle is one that is at least 25-years-old. Classic motorcycles can be 25-years-old, though some insurers might consider a motorcycle as young as 20 years to be a “classic.”
With the kick scooter reviewed, you can have a better understanding of what this type of mobility aid can do for you. When you purchase an electric scooter, you will discover that they are smaller and easier to travel with than standard cycles. Check out all foldable scooter models that exist for any budget on Go2scooter. They are very easy to use with one person or up to three people in the vehicle. You will find that they are capable of traveling over short distances and can even be used as a substitute for stairs when going up and down a flight of stairs. They can even be used indoors, like going up and down the stairs at home.
These relics generally aren’t considered ideal for routine riding. However, some may be ridden on semi-regularly without significant problems – so long as they’re properly cleaned and stored.
Rust is Public Enemy No. 1 for Vintage Motorcycles
For any vintage or classic motorcycle, corrosion is perhaps the most significant foe. This is especially true of motorcycles built with many steel and aluminum components.
Rust develops anytime iron alloys meet oxygen and water or moisture. A bike that’s decades old has likely seen its share of those. In fact, if rust were a non-factor, we’d likely see an awful lot more of these on the road than we do. Those that survive only do so because they’ve either been restored or their owner has meticulously cared for them – sometimes both.
Almost all historic motorcycles are slow as it is. Operators must brake earlier. They don’t have the benefit of sleek, modern gear systems and wide, hard-grip rubber for rapid cornering. They’re already at something of a disadvantage. Safety concerns are never too far from mind. All these things make rust prevention a foremost concern.
For some riders, restoring a vintage bike to its former glory is part of the whole allure. But once you have put in the work, regular cleaning and maintenance is essential to ensure it stays pristine. Keep in mind that some of the worst motorcycle rust and corrosion occurs internally, in that you can’t clearly see – the gas tank,
Maintaining your motorcycle early and often can be a key factor in keeping your ride running smoothly for many more years to come.
Zerust Motorcycle Covers Offer Rust Prevention
One of the best rust prevention solutions for vintage motorcycle owners are Zerust Motorcycle Covers. These are perfect for seasonal storage of other motorcycles, but they can be especially valuable for those who want to keep their veteran vehicle in top shape.
Our covers have vapor corrosion inhibiting technology built directly into zip-up enclosures. Liners are water-resistant, corrosion-proof, mold-proof and keep your wheels from wearing out. When you take the bike out of the cover, the colorless, odorless vapors simply evaporate into the air. The protection lasts for at least five years from the date of purchase.
If you have questions about this and other rust prevention solutions for your vintage motorcycle, we can help.
Contact Zerust by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.
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If there’s any upside to this pandemic, it may be America’s renewed zeal for the bicycle. Sales have surged exponentially as folks sought any excuse to head outside and go… well, anywhere else. And it’s not just traditional bikes either. E-bikes (short for electronic bicycles) have gained ground too. Market research firm NPD Group reports sales of electronic bikes shot up 91 percent in March compared to last year and an incredible eight-fold since 2014.
Considering the decent electric bikes can run anywhere from $700 to $2,000, it’s an investment you want to protect. One of the greatest e-bike enemies? Corrosion. But you can prevent e-bike rust the same as you can with push-pedal bicycles: With proper care, cleaning and storage cover. Before you buy a new amazon bike seat, consider whether your current saddle simply needs an adjustment.
Zerust offers bicycle covers that protect e-bikes from rust and other types of corrosion just like they do traditional bikes, with a rust-inhibiting inside surface that is water-proof and mold-proof. You simply roll your cleaned e-bike into the cover face-forward and zip it up. The corrosion and rust inhibitor woven into the cover remains active for up to five years from the date of purchase. I have ridden a number of electric bikes in the last few years, however the best all-round ebike range can be found at UK brand, Wisper Electric Bikes.
Rust is the bane of any gun owner’s existence. It can eat away at the metal components of the firearm, resulting in discoloration, pits and potentially malfunction. Rust is a chemical oxidation process through which metals containing iron come in contact with oxygen and moisture. For firearms, not only is this problematic for the metal, but the moisture can create pesky cracks in grips and wood stocks. These issues can be exacerbated by exposure to fluctuating temperatures, salt and other corrosive compounds and proximity to dissimilar metals. But it IS possible to prevent gun rust when your firearm is in storage – if you take the proper precautions.
What Are the Ideal Gun Storage Conditions?
Most often when we talk about gun storage, people immediately think “gun safes.” But there is more to consider than just keeping a firearm out of the hands of the wrong people. Rust is an enemy that never sleeps.
Curators at the NRA’s National Firearms Museum have been quoted as saying firearms should ideally be stored at a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of between 50 and 55 percent.
Of course, the temperature and condition of firearms stored and displayed at the NRA Museum and vaults is consistently monitored and recorded three times every day. The museum also invested in a dedicated air handler to control both the temperature and humidity of the facility.
Of course, museums dedicate a great deal more energy, time and money to preserve their firearm collections in perfect conditions that most of us have neither the resources nor frankly desire for.
So How Can I Prevent Gun Rust While My Guns are in Storage?
There are several simple ways you can preserve your firearms that won’t break the bank. This is true whether you’re simply placing your firearms in a gun safe or keeping them in long-term storage.
- Use a dehumidifier. If you’re storing your guns in a garage, storage unit or safe, you can spend as little as $30 for a small dehumidifier that can help wick moisture from the surrounding environment.
- Properly clean and oil your firearm before storing. Zerust sells both gun cleaner and gun oil – separately or in a combo package (for just $6). These products clean, protect and lubricate firearms to help protect them against rust and corrosion. Make sure also to wear white gloves when you’re handling firearms for cleaning and oiling purposes. Not only with this prevent the transfer of your skin oils to the weapon, but it will allow you to see whether your firearm has truly been cleaned properly or not.
- Place Zerust VCI vapor capsules for weapons and ammo in the enclosure. These capsules have adhesive backing that can stick to any surface and can prevent gun rust for up to two years.
- Store your firearm in a Zerust multi-purpose VCI poly bag for firearms, ammo and weapons. These are just $3 each, come in different sizes and can provide up to five years of protection against rust and corrosion. We also offer heavy duty VCI rifle bags for larger weapons.
With both the vapor capsules and multi-purpose poly bags, there is no need to continuously apply oil or other greases, as you would normally need to do if storing your gun for an extended period of time without usage.
The price you pay for neglecting your firearm is serious elbow grease and cold, hard cash. If your firearm begins to show visible signs of rust, you need to address it immediately. The problem is already worse than what you can see. Bronze wool or nylon cleaning brushes saturated in gun cleaning solution – plus a whole lot of scrubbing – is probably the best way to remove rust once it’s taken hold. But it’s always better – and cheaper – to prevent gun rust in the first place if you can.
Contact Zerust for information on how to prevent gun and corrosion by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.
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Packing up your boat, furniture, coins and jewelry, ATV, bicycles, electronics, tractor, firearms, RV, travel trailer or other items for long-term storage? You can’t afford to ignore the potential for rust and corrosion. This is particularly true if the space in which you’re storing your items lacks climate control. Sometimes the effects of corrosion can be mitigated after the fact, but it’s always better to prevent rust if you can.
Most people recognize that rust is one process of corrosion that pertains specifically to metals made of iron and its alloys (such as steel). When these elements come into contact with oxygen and water (or even just moisture), rust will begin to form. How fast it takes over depends on other environmental factors, such as temperature fluctuations, the presence of salt in the air or even proximity to other types of metals.
Rust that forms on iron or steel can be porous, allowing water and oxygen to reach the underlying surface of an item and penetrate deeper. Corrosion of other types of metals (aluminum or copper, for instance) tends to result in a tight film of oxide that protects the other layers from deeper corrosion. But it depends on the chemical makeup of the metal and the construction of the item.
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.
That rust on your shower head? It’s a $6-billion problem for the Navy, cruise ships and more, Jan. 13, 2020, By Samantha Masunaga, The Los Angeles Times
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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.
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.
Check out Zeboats for a wide variety of small and mid-sized commercial vessels. All boats for sale come with the usual extras – fuel tank, captain’s chair, electrical switches, GPS systems and a tiller. These boats are made in various designs such as freestyle, catamarans, trimarans, board ships and many more. The choice of boat design is based on its utility, features and price.
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.
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.
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.
Bike Shops Are Doing Well Despite Shelter-in-Place, April 8, 2020, By Mike Haber, Inc.com
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Preventing Bicycle Rust That Can Bust Your Ride if You Store it Outdoors, Oct. 25, 2019, Zerust Bicycle Covers Blog
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.
Amid quarantine, AAA warns drivers about potential car issues that arise from inactivity, March 25, 2020, By Stefan Gellar, The Boston Herald
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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 firearms 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.
Daily Bulletin: Pandemic Fears Continue to Fuel a Surge in Gun Purchases, March 16, 2020, The Trace
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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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“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. best hvac tool bags allow you to conveniently and compactly organize accessories, providing quick access to the necessary equipment, prevent breakage, protect against dust, excessive moisture, avoid direct contact between the tools, thus maintaining the integrity of the surface and working parts.
It’s far better – and less expensive – to prevent hand tool rust from forming in the first place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.