Condition is everything, whether restoring an old Fordson wrench or vintage woodworking tool. One should never do anything to an antique tool that is not reversible.
It should be no surprise, then, that the Smithsonian Institution does not allow sandblasting or the wire-brushing of its antiquities, as those processes permanently alter the patina of the metal artifact.
Treating a tool in Rustbeeter™ removes only the rust, retaining the original patina and increasing the artifact's historical and monetary value.
A byproduct of the sugar beet-refining process, Rustbeeter™ seeks out iron oxide (rust) from steel and cast iron and removes it from all surfaces. Unlike sandblasting, bead blasting, wire brushing or treating with acids or caustics, Rustbeeter™ will not degrade the base metal or, in turn, the value of the tool. Rustbeeter™ is the only product that is reversible without marking or degrading the surface or patina.
You should know...
- Sandblasting and wire brushing destroy the manufacturing marks, details and surface finishes on old tools. Raised marks and letters become rounded and less crisp. All abrasive processes (sandblasting, glass bead, and soda blasting) deteriorate or alter the surface of the metal, thus compromising the historical and monetary value.
- Rustbeeter™ seeps into nooks and crannies that other processes are unable to reach. Additionally, even pitted areas are rust free after treatment.
- Rustbeeter™ will not remove paint that is properly adhered to the metal. However, most paint has rust beneath it and Rustbeeter™ will remove the rust and float the paint. Rust forms above the paint, and removing the rust could reveal the original paint.
- Rustbeeter™ removes rust from cast-iron surfaces, recesses and pitted areas. Due to the high carbon content of cast iron, a slight buildup of carbon will remain on the surface, giving a slightly darker appearance to the tool. To remove this carbon "dirt," simply brush the surface lightly with a small, toothbrush-sized fine wire brush.
- You should remove wooden parts from metal artifacts. Because wood is porous, it will absorb Rustbeeter. The wood will darken and take on a slight molasses-like odor.
- Rustbeeter™ does not deteriorate or alter galvanized, zinc or black oxide surfaces. Other materials such as brass, copper, soldering, plastic and Fiberglass also are not affected by Rustbeeter™, although the product does destroy aluminum.
- Rustbeeter™ makes a tool so chemically clean that the surface will re-rust if not protected with a surface treatment such as wax, oil or paint.
- Since Rustbeeter™ is a food product, it is safe to use, safe to handle and poses no health issues. It is much less expensive than many other commercial products and processes. Because Rustbeeter™ is a soaking process, it is not time consuming like sandblasting or wire brushing.