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Rust Patrol FAQs
How does Rust Patrol work?

Surface active moieties that physisorb to the oxide layer. Meaning, Rust Patrol is attracted to metal surfaces & creates a strong bond.

How long does Rust Patrol last?

Depending on conditions, Rust Patrol can last up to 3 months outside. Sometimes longer.  Rust Patrol Lubricating Oil lasts approximately 85-90% as long as Multi-Purpose (again, 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 on equipment stored in a covered area or warehouse.

On what kinds of metals does Rust Patrol work?

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

Does weather affect the performance?
Yes, eventually heavy, pounding rain will wear down the Rust Patrol coating on the surface of the metal.  Where there is regular, extreme weather, more frequent application is recommended.

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

We do not recommend painting over Rust Patrol.  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. We do suggest applying Rust Patrol over paint as a sacrificial coating. This works very well, particularly at weld points.

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 anti-seize applications.

Is Rust Patrol compatible with rubber?

This depends on the type of rubber. Higher quality rubbers such as viton are less likely to be affected by Rust Patrol. Please test with a sample first to be sure.

What is the impact of Rust Patrol on the environment?

Like any product in this category, Rust Patrol does have some environmental impact. But Rust Patrol products are non-toxic and we also have Rust Patrol Lubricating Oil a no vocs (volatile organic compounds), helping companies lower their hazardous emissions.

Do any Rust Patrol products violate California Prop 65?
No. Rust Patrol products are non-carcinogenic and are not known to create any problems with pregnancy.

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.

Is Rust Patrol biodegradable?

No. Since Rust Patrol is an oil based product it should be contained during application & 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 wastewater from entering storm drains and exiting the site.
  • 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.

What size products are available?
  • 2 oz. pump spray
  • 7 oz. aerosol
  • 1 gallon can
  • 5 gallon pail
  • 55 gallon drum

What is the lead time for an order?
Based on current inventory, an order should be filled immediately.  If a production run is required, an order can be filled in approximately 4-6 weeks.

How do I place an order?

You can reach out to your local sales representative or contact us at or call (803) 396-8400