Directions for Use
Note: Rustbeeter™ is a water-based product; thus, grease and oils on the part will stop the rust-removal process. Use any general solvent to remove the grease and oil before treatment. Even rusty parts have grease and oil beneath the rust.
Mix Rustbeeter™ with enough tapwater to make a pudding-like slurry and then submerge the rusty tool or metal part in the product. Note: The entire piece must be submerged, as air (oxygen) disrupts the chemical process and could alter the finish.
Depending on the amount of rust on the metal, the removal process will take between two and seven days. Heavier rust will take longer. Check the metal piece periodically and then simply hose it off with water when the rust is gone. Leaving the metal in Rustbeeter™ after the rust has been removed will not affect or deteriorate the metal surface.
Numerous metal pieces may be placed in Rustbeeter™ simultaneously. Hooking them on pieces of steel wire will make parts easier to access in the slurry.
Because Rustbeeter's strength depletes very slowly, this product can be used again and again. If it dries out, simply add water. If it is too watery, just let some water evaporate. For best results, keep the mixture stirred and the top on the pail to repel insects and deter mold growth. Rustbeeter( works best when kept above 60 degrees
Occasionally, mold will form on the surface of the slurry, especially in warmer weather. Simply scrape it off and then keep the mixture stirred. Sometimes moving the pail to another location will make a difference. Using a rubber livestock pail will stop the mold growth. You should also wash your hands before using the Rustbeeter™ slurry. If you are still unable to rectify the problem, contact us on our technical-assistance line.
Occasionally, cast-iron parts will have white chalky spots on the surface after washing. Scraping or wire wheeling can remove this; however, we do not recommend this method. Instead, you should re-dip the part in the Rustbeeter™ and, without washing, transfer it to another pail filled with water and soak overnight. The white residue will dissolve; then rewash and continue processing thepart.
General Step-by-Step Instructions.
Just follow the five-step process below:
- Attach a wire to the part and fully immerse the rusted item into Rustbeeter™.
- Soak times will vary from a few hours up to as much as two-plus weeks, depending on the amount of rust. (Be sure to occasionally stir the mixture.)
- Check the progress every day or every several days, depending on the severity of the rust.
- When all of the rust has been removed simply rinse the part with water. (You may also use Dawn dish soap.)
- Immediately dry the part and spray with a primer coat of paint. Note: chrome, black oxide and galvanized surfaces do not need the corrosion protection of paint. Other protective coatings include, but are not limited to, the following, wax, beeswax, varnish, zinc phosphate, oil and grease.
If you are experiencing any problems, please feel free to contact our technical-support team. Our technical staff understands preservation and restoration of metal artifacts. We can help you deal with your specific issues and concerns.