FAQ

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COMPANY

 

Who is Aidant Brands®?

 

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Aidant Brands® serves a wide range of industries, including energy, marine, manufacturing, transportation, and more. Today, Aidant Brands® is focused on the Rust Patrol® line of products. All Rust Patrol® testing has been validated through third parties, giving our customers the confidence that they need when using Aidant Brands® and Rust Patrol® products. Aidant Brands®, through Rust Patrol®, taps into our network and resources to offer the best solutions to our customers.

 

What does “Aidant” mean?

 

“Aidant” is an old word meaning “helpful,” which we see as our role. Aidant Brands® is here to serve our customers and to help them with long term protection, saving time, saving money, and reducing the impact on the environment.

 

Who or what is “A-76” or “A-76 Technologies”?

 

A-76 was the original name for the Rust Patrol® line of products. The company was originally called A-76 Technologies. As part of our efforts to speak more to who we are as a company and the focus of our products, we rebranded the company to Aidant Brands and the A-76 product line to the Rust Patrol® line.

 

GENERAL

 

What else can Rust Patrol® do besides prevent rust?

 

Rust Patrol® also works as a lubricant, water displacer, and a penetrant.

 

On what metals does Rust Patrol® work?

 

Rust Patrol® prevents corrosion on a wide range of metals, including, but not limited to: copper, nickel, aluminum, steel, magnesium, zinc, and more!

 

What are the difference between the Rust Patrol® products?

 

Multi-Purpose: Rust Patrol’s original formula and best penetrant.
Heavy Duty: Rust Patrol’s advanced formula offering the longest protection.
No VOCs: Rust Patrol’s environmental formula and best lubricant.

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What is the lead time for an order?

 

Based on sales projections and current inventory, an order should be filled immediately. If a production run is required, an order can be filled in approximately 20-30 days.

 

PRODUCT

 

What is in Rust Patrol®?

 

Sorry, our lips are sealed! Rust Patrol® is protected by trade secret, rather than a patent. It’s so secret that even the CEO doesn’t know the formulation or process to manufacture Rust Patrol®.

 

How does Rust Patrol® work?

 

Rust Patrol® coats the treated surface to prevent oxidation.

 

How does it cling to a surface?

 

Surface active moieties that physisorb to the oxide layer that are on all metals that have been exposed to air. In more simple terms, Rust Patrol® coatings are attracted to the metal surface and create a strong bond.

 

What kind of barrier does it form?

 

Rust Patrol® forms a multi-molecular layer. The film thickness is likely greater than 10 microns upon a dip-coat, so 10,000x thicker than the 1 nanometer thickness of a self-assembled monolayer. In coating terms, it is approximately a 0.4 – 0.5 mil film as compared to most thinner epoxy coatings that are 5-6 mils thick. Thus, Rust Patrol® is approximately 12 times thinner than a standard epoxy.

 

How long does Rust Patrol® last?

 

Depending on external conditions, Rust Patrol® can prevent rust from forming for up to 3 months outside. Rust Patrol® No VOCs is approximately 85-90% as long lasting as Super (depending on environment). If Rust Patrol® is being used in an application with considerable wear and tear, more frequent application is recommended. Rust Patrol® products can last even longer when protecting equipment stored in a covered area or warehouse.

 

Does weather impact performance?

 

Yes, eventually heavy, pounding rain will wear down the Rust Patrol® coating on the surface of the metal. When there is regular, extreme weather, more frequent application is recommended.

 

Does Rust Patrol® have future plans for new products?

 

Yes, we have a degreaser that we hope to bring to market in the near future.

 

APPLICATION

 

Can you paint over a surface that has been coated with Rust Patrol®?

 

For best results, we recommend removing Rust Patrol® first. Rust Patrol® is attracted to metal surfaces, so your paint would not be able to penetrate the Rust Patrol™ barrier in order to adhere to the metal surface.

 

Is it safe to use Rust Patrol on electrical parts?

 

Yes, all Rust Patrol® products can be used to coat electrical components.

 

Is Rust Patrol® an anti-seize product?

 

Rust Patrol® products are oils rather than greases and thus are not ideal for antiseize applications.

 

Is Rust Patrol® compatible with rubber?

 

It depends on the type of rubber. Test with a sample first to be sure.

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

What is the impact of Rust Patrol® on the environment?

 

Rust Patrol® does have some environmental impact, like any similar product. All Rust Patrol® products are non-toxic and we offer a variation with no volatile organic compounds (or VOCs), helping companies to reduce their air emissions.

 

Is Rust Patrol® compliant with the Montreal Protocol?

 

Yes. Rust Patrol® products are CFC-free.

 

Do any Rust Patrol® products violate California Prop 65?

 

No. Rust Patrol® products are non-carcinogenic and are not known to create pregnancy problems.

 

Does Rust Patrol® contain any zinc, heavy metals, or silicone?

 

No. Rust Patrol® products do not contain any zinc, heavy metals, or silicone.

 

What about any other harmful chemicals?

 

Rust Patrol® does not contain any phenols, PCs, PCBs, arsenic, or TCDDs.

 

PRODUCT DISPOSAL

 

Is Rust Patrol® biodegradable?

 

No — it should be contained during application and removal.

 

How do I dispose of excess Rust Patrol® products?

 

Users should comply with federal, state, and local laws regarding disposal. If washing Rust Patrol® off outside, prevent the wastewater from entering the storm drains and exiting the site. For example: Put a boom around the storm drain and wash area or using tarps to prevent the material from soaking into the ground. The wastewater can be suctioned into a tote and removed by a waste company.
If washing Rust Patrol® off inside, follow the same procedure for any drains inside the building. If users get permission from their sanitary sewer provider, they may be allowed to clean inside. Many industrial sites require a storm water permit. If they have not used preventative measures, the runoff could contaminate their samples, which can be a violation.