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How to Prevent the High Cost of Corrosion

How to Prevent the High Cost of Corrosion

Posted by Michael McGinnis on 26th Jan 2021

The cost of corrosion is high. Equipment is expensive and, in many cases, counts as an asset for a company. Studies show that corrosion and improper lubrication are major factors contributing to:

  • Shortened equipment life
  • Increased breakage
  • Extended downtime, and
  • Significantly escalated labor and replacement costs.

It is essential to understand that the initial cost of the products used to fight corrosion and lubricate equipment is only a small part of your investment. All of this boils down to the cost of ownership over time. Want to save money over the long term on your equipment costs? We thought so. So read on to learn how Rust Patrol will save you thousands of dollars over a year and tens of thousands over the life of a piece of equipment.

Performance Check: Multi or Single Solution

There are four essential areas to consider:

  1. Corrosion Prevention
  2. Lubrication
  3. Penetration
  4. Moisture Displacement

Most products offer a single solution. To accomplish more than one task, you need to purchase multiple products. Rust Patrol will perform the four tasks better than the single solution product, offering the most outstanding value. Just add it up. Let’s look at how Rust Patrol performs in the four essential tasks.


Rust Patrol is a temporary thin-film coating. It works through surface active moieties that seek out metal and adheres to the oxide layer. It actively moves toward metal and bonds with it at the molecular level — down in the individual grains based on nano-scale technology. Using Rust Patrol:

  • Prevents and stops corrosion
  • It lasts 4–5 times longer than the closest competitor
  • Reduces equipment loss
  • Easy to use — spray, dip, or brush

Rust Patrol is a technologically advanced product that gives complete coverage and is tenacious; it doesn’t wear off easily. This means that Rust Patrol will last, at minimum, 4 to 5 times longer than its closest competitor, protecting your equipment, minimizing downtime, and maximizing the life of your equipment.


It’s become well known that the wear and tear on parts improperly lubricated amounts to an excessive cost over a year. Corrosion accelerates as metal grinds on metal. Rust Patrol’s molecular size and complete coverage maximize lubrication while protecting the parts, allowing them to operate at optimum performance.

  • Reduce wear and tear
  • Reduce corrosion
  • Extend the life of the equipment

We’ve also passed the MIL-PRF-32033 mil-spec, approving compatibility with other lubricants, such as hydraulic oils.


The need for penetrating oils is directly related to the failure of corrosion prevention and proper lubrication. It is also one of the most expensive, hidden costs for a company – Time. Parts that are seized or stuck create downtime and costly repairs, if not replacement of expensive equipment.

Due to the active motion of Rust Patrol, it is one of the fastest acting penetrants on the market. It moves through grit and grime to reach the metal surface, thereby loosening the stuck part. Using our product, you will:

  • Reduce downtime — get up and running quickly.
  • Reduce damage – No need to cut or torch parts.
  • Reduce the cost of repairs – Less time freeing and fixing parts equals less labor.

Competitive products rely heavily on solvents to eat away at the corrosion. Many of them are toxic. As an added benefit, Rust Patrol can accomplish this task with a much lower solvent content making it much safer and healthier to use.

And to be clear, if you had protected that part with Rust Patrol in the first place, none of this would’ve happened.

Moisture Displacement

Moisture displacement is directly related to corrosion prevention. Hydrophobic oils protect electronics, and heavy equipment has many expensive electronic pathways exposed to extreme conditions — especially in mines or rigs on the ocean.

  • Prevent oxidation of electrical components like batteries and terminal connections or buttons, switches, and wiring.
  • Prevent electrical shorts
  • Reduce downtime
  • Keep equipment operational

The dielectric strength* refers to the maximum electric field that a material can withstand under ideal conditions without undergoing electrical breakdown and becoming electrically conductive (i.e., without failure of its insulating properties).

If you consider the total costs involved over the life of a piece of equipment, there truly is no comparison between the low cost per day of Rust Patrol and the hours of labor costs, breakage, and replacement of expensive equipment. The time that someone is working on corroded parts and not on something else is a colossal waste. The damage that results from beating and hammering on that part and any further repairs involve more downtime. Or the part breaking, needing to be replaced. You now have all three costs that should have been avoided by merely using Rust Patrol.