Is it important to treat rust before applying wax?

Yes, it is important to treat rust before applying wax to a surface. Rust is a form of corrosion that can weaken and damage metal, and if left untreated, it can spread and compromise the integrity of the material. Waxing over rust without proper treatment will not effectively stop the rusting process or prevent further damage.

To treat rust before applying wax, you should follow these general steps:

Clean the surface: Use a wire brush or sandpaper to remove loose rust, dirt, and any other contaminants from the affected area. Important to leave hard rust. Ensure the surface is washed clean and free of debris.

Treat rust: Apply rust converter to the prepared hard rust area. These products typically contain chemicals that convert to a stable compound. Follow the instructions provided by the specific product you are using, as application methods and waiting times may vary.

Optional: Apply additional primer or paint: If you want to provide additional protection, you may consider applying a primer designed for rusted surfaces. Primers help create a barrier between the metal and the environment, preventing further corrosion.

Wax or seal the surface: Once the surface is clean, rust-free, and properly prepared, you can apply wax or a suitable protective sealant. Wax can act as a barrier against moisture and environmental elements, helping to prevent rust formation in the future. Apply the wax according to the instructions provided by the product.

By following these steps, you can effectively treat rust and ensure that the wax or sealant adheres properly, providing long-lasting protection to the surface.

Neutrarust Wax – Premium Quality Corrosion Preventative Wax

A multi-purpose corrosion preventive firm wax film solution with good solvent deposited water displacing properties and penetration.  Works on ferrous and aluminium alloy components and gives excellent long-term protection indoor and outdoor, against rust for a wide variety of applications in marine, automotive, machinery and industrial, for storage or for national or international transportation. Ideal for internal cavities.

In salt spray corrosion tests alongside popular competitor products, Neutrarust Wax outlasted them by up to six times longer

Cures to an amber-coloured, waxy, translucent firm film.