Rust Patrol Multi-Purpose
Rust Patrol® is a preservation coating that is easily applied via immersion dipping, spraying, or painting onto metal surfaces. 


Preservation Coatings

Preservation coatings are a class of products that offer a cost effective, temporary solution for preventing corrosion on the surface of metals. In addition to their anti-corrosion properties, some preservation coatings have other characteristics such as water displacing, lubricating, and penetrating liquid features. Formulations vary widely among various different products, but typically involve the use of solvents and corrosion inhibitors. The type of film can also vary such as ultra-thin, soft, oil-like, waxy, and thick hard-drying coatings.


Ideal applications for preservation coatings include machined equipment or parts that are kept in storage prior to assembly or final coating. The ease of removing the preservation coating is important and some products can be removed via a degreaser, alkaline cleaner, power washing, or abrasive blasting. Other applications include protecting metal equipment during transportation overseas. A marine environment can provide a harsh and corrosive atmosphere for steel parts shipping overseas even if they are shielded from the rain.


Many temporary preservation coatings claim to offer protection, but often fall short in terms of performance, or are too thick and messy to deal with for the end users. Rust Patrol® leaves an imperceptible, thin-film hydrophobic coating that cures within five minutes. Rust Patrol® also lasts 4x longer than that of similar thin-film coatings and can be easily removed with a simple degreaser if desired. It works in high humidity, high salinity environments, which makes protecting metal equipment while in storage or overseas transportation a perfect application.

In the world of corrosion prevention, there are many solutions.
Depending on the purpose, this could include cathodic protection, paints, epoxies, galvanization, corrosion inhibitors, and vapor phase inhibitors / vapor corrosion inhibitors (VPIs / VCIs).

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Cathodic Protection

Corrosion can be thought of as an electrochemical cell where a net oxidation reaction occurs at the anode (corrosion site) and a net reduction reaction occurs at the cathode. Cathodic protection works where by either incorporating a component to a structure that acts as a sacrificial anode, or by supplying a current to a structure. In both cases, the structure becomes the cathode and is protected from corrosion. Typical applications include pipelines, boat hulls, offshore oil platforms, and storage tanks.

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Permanent Coatings

Permanent coatings such as paints or epoxies are used to protect long-standing structures as well. Galvanization is a zinc coating that can act as a sacrificial anode (if it ever gets damaged) by using the same principals as cathodic protection.

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Corrosion Inhibitors

Corrosion inhibitors are additives that are incorporated into coating formulations or into fluid systems. Corrosion inhibitors form a protective layer on the surface of a metal in the system and reduce the overall corrosiveness of the environment. Example applications include downhole drilling and closed loop fluid systems.

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VPIs/VCIs work by releasing corrosion inhibiting molecules in the vapor phase that form a thin protective layer when they come in contact with metal surfaces. Applications include packaging paper / wraps for equipment, storage tanks, and mothballing.