Rust Problem in Domestic and Industrial Sector
When you brought home the metal furniture and antiques you felt proud. Shine, glaze and luster of metals looked good. You thought all the products would stay as they were for long. But the story did not go smooth. Despite the protective coating of rust-proof materials, rust formed and damaged metal goods.
The same thing can happen in industrial sector as well. In factories, furnaces, manufacturing units, packaging plants, print and publishing companies and in all other production plants most machines, equipments and tools are made of iron.
Naturally it becomes a must for the companies to take up some protective measures to protect the metal equipments from rust. A number of mechanical equipments, machineries, tools and accessories are sent for maintenance in industries; this not only increases operating cost, but increases down time, waste and unwanted delays.
Moreover, as rusting iron is weak and fragile, rusted machineries pose risks of accidents and mishaps. People associated may get injured severely while handling a faulty machine.
It really feels very bad when the things of daily use begin to rust. Gardening tools, hanger, window siding, furniture, swing in garden, hammers, pliers, nut-bolts, and all metal items are susceptible to rust attacks.
Rust-proofing – Keep metals from rusting:
What inhibits rust formation? Is there anything that stops rust? Scientists and researchers have been trying to find a solution to this question from years.
Do you know that rusting is nothing but a chemical reaction? Iron is oxidized in presence of water to form rust. If we can use a substance that stops or slows down oxidation of rust, we would be able to prevent rusting. Oxidation of iron is a very natural process and it starts when and where iron, oxygen and moisture are present side by side. It seems almost impossible to avoid the process. But, if proper preventive measures are taken, rusting can be stopped.
The process of rusting is accelerated in presence of saline water or impure water. Just imagine, when your iron-made machineries, tools, heavy weight equipments are shipped for installation in other countries they are exposed to marine weather which is ideal for rust formation. Hence, rust treatment is compulsory while shipping metal equipments; rust attack is guaranteed. Saline sea water would definitely initiate rust formation which would take bigger shape in the long run.
Since you cannot stop salty air it is good to insulate the metal body. The materials used for insulation provides protection from moisture. Solvent based paints, oil based coats and paints, thin film of grease, lamination, film of packaging materials are often applied all over the bare metal for rust-protection. These materials inhibit moisture and salty air to come in contact with iron and hence, rust formation is stopped.
It is also good to spray rust remover solution all over the metal surface before applying rustproofing materials. If traces of rust are left inside, it may become real problem in the long run. If somehow moisture gets locked on the metal surface below the protective coating, rust starts spreading below the layer silently. When it takes bigger shape, it cracks the layer and exposes the main metal. So always spray rust removers before rustproofing your metal tools; stay protected.