How do you remove rust from equipment?

Has it been a while since your last DIY project? Perhaps you’ve decided to take on a new home, boat, cat or garden improvement project, only to find that the equipment you once used now looks like something that has been around since the 1900s.

The neglect of your iron equipment will, over time, be subject to the oxidation process if exposed to water and oxygen. The iron will form a coating of red, brown, or black flaky rust, causing your equipment to become difficult to use.

Luckily, there are several ways that you can remove the rust from your equipment.

Best Rust Remover UK

Neutrarust® Highly Effective Rust Remover Gel

The Neutrarust® Rust Remover Gel is ideal for removing rust and other forms of corrosion from equipment with vertical surfaces, where a liquid remover would drip down. Our gel is very easy to use and provides visible results within 30 minutes, leaving you with a reliable surface that can be primed and painted over.

How to use rust remover gel

1. Testing and Preparation of the Surface

First it is recommended to test the rust remover gel on a small surface area of the rusted equipment to assess the compatibility of the product.

To prepare the surface, the rusted equipment should be stripped of old paint and loose rust. This can be done by using a wire brush or steel wool. Traces of grease and oil should also be removed with a suitable degreaser before application of the gel.

2. Application

After pouring the required amount of gel into a plastic container, apply it directly onto the rust with a brush or swab. Keep the gel active by brushing it every 5 minutes and adding more if needed. After around 20 minutes of contact time, the gel can be rinsed off with clean water and left to dry. If stubborn rust is still present thereafter, repeat the process as above until all the rust has been removed.

3. Priming

The rust should now have been removed from the rusted equipment, leaving behind a phosphate coating. This should be painted over within 48 hours of the rust removal.

Neutrarust® Highly Effective Rust Remover Liquid

The Neutrarust® Rust Remover Liquid is ideal for removing rust and other forms of corrosion on rusted equipment by fully submerging it in the solution or having it brushed on. The liquid rust remover is great for removing rust on tight recessed areas, box sections, and tubular components, leaving you with a dependable surface ready for priming and painting.

How to use rust remover liquid

1. Testing and Preparation of the Surface

Similarly to the gel, it is firstly recommended to test the rust remover liquid on a small surface area of the rusted equipment to assess the compatibility of the product.

To prepare the surface, the rusted equipment should be stripped of old paint and loose rust. This can be done by using a wire brush or steel wool. Traces of grease and oil should also be removed with a suitable degreaser before the application of the liquid.

2. Application

Pour the required amount of liquid into a plastic container, use neat or dilute with water up to  a ratio of 1:2 depending on the surface being treated. The rusted equipment can then be immersed into the solution and left for 1-3 hours depending on the severity of rust. The liquid may alternatively be applied directly with a brush or swab, left for around 20 minutes, then rinsed with clean water and left to dry. If stubborn rust is still present thereafter, repeat the process as above until all the rust has been removed.

3. Priming

The rust should now have been removed from the rusted equipment, leaving behind a phosphate ready to paint coating. This should be painted over within 48 hours of the rust removal.