Why You Should Treat Rust Before Applying Wax

Rust, the silent adversary of every metal surface can undermine the very foundation of an object’s integrity. Therefore treating rust before applying a rust preventative wax is crucial for several reasons. In this guide, the team at Neutrarust explore those reasons and also cover some helpful hints and tips in the application of a rust treatment. 

Adhesion and Effectiveness

Rust preventative waxes adhere better to a clean and rust-free surface. If rust is present, it can compromise the ability of the wax to adhere properly and provide effective protection. 

Isolation of Existing Rust

Applying wax directly over rust without prior treatment will seal the rust in, allowing it to continue spreading underneath the wax. Treating the rust first helps to isolate and stop its progression, preventing further damage. 

Surface Preparation is Key

Remove loose scale, flaky rust, all paint and dirt with thorough wire brushing etc. Reduce any high peaks of rust. Paintwork blistered by rust should be scraped down to a hard surface. Degrease the surface with detergent water wash then rinse with clean water. If rust is present, apply Neutrarust 661® rust converter directly on to the rust. This step is essential to arrest the rust corrosion and for achieving an even application of rust preventative wax. A properly prepared surface ensures better coverage and longer-lasting protection. 

Durability Matters

The effectiveness of rust preventative wax is enhanced when applied to a surface free of rust and contaminants. This ensures the wax forms a durable barrier against moisture, preventing further rust formation. 


Applying wax over rust without addressing the rusted surface can result in a less aesthetically pleasing finish. Ensure you treat the rust first which allows for a smoother and more visually appealing surface before applying the protective wax

Long-Term Protection

Treating rust before applying rust preventative wax ensures long-term protection. If rust is left untreated, it can continue to corrode the metal underneath the wax, eventually compromising the structural integrity of the material. 


While rust preventative waxes are designed to inhibit rust formation, they are not meant to reverse existing corrosion. Treating rust beforehand is a more cost-effective solution than having to deal with more extensive repairs or replacements later on. 

In summary, treating rust before applying rust preventative wax is a proactive and effective approach to protect metal surfaces. It ensures better adhesion, durability, appearance, and long-term protection against corrosion.

Acknowledging rust as a formidable foe is the first step towards preserving the integrity of metal surfaces. By prioritising the treatment of rust before applying protective wax, one embraces a proactive and effective strategy. 

This approach not only safeguards against corrosion but also proves to be a cost-effective preventive measure. Remember, a well-prepared surface today ensures a resilient and visually appealing tomorrow. For further insights or inquiries on rust treatment, connect with our knowledgeable team. Shield your metal investments wisely – start with rust treatment for enduring protection.

Get in touch with the team today if you have any questions or need further information on rust treatment.