Rusty Questions

Spring Time Review 

As Spring approaches, the days get longer and so our project list grows.  Mark sent us an email about using Rust Doctor on rust. He has several projects he want to tackle and had questions regarding using Rust Doctor on his rusted metal. These questions might help clarify projects you are working on this Spring.

Q:  When painted metal has been out side and there is rust coming through the painted steel, do you just knock off all the loose particles then apply Rust Doctor over everything?

A:  On painted steel that is showing rust, you will need to remove any loose paint to expose the rust underneath. Rust Doctor must come in contact with the rust in order to convert it to the non-rusting black iron oxide called magnetite. You can the paint over the entire surface to stop any rust anywhere on the surface. Even the smallest nick in the paint will contain rust and Rust Doctor will eliminate the rust.  In addition to stopping the rust, Rust Doctor leaves a clear primer on the entire surface you treated so you can top coat without priming.  

Q:  Can you apply Rust Doctor over new steel and have the same effect or should I let the new steel sit outside and become slightly rusty, then apply the rust doctor ?

A:  On new steel, it is best to have a coating of rust so the Rust Doctor can covert the rust to magnetite, giving you permanent protection from future rusting. More rust is better than slightly rusty as the thicker the rust, the thicker the magnetite protection.

 Q:  Can you apply rust doctor over cleaned weld joints or do you need them to “rust up” too?

A:  On clean weld joints, you would want a rust coating just like on the bare steel. If there is no rust, you will have steel with a clear latex primer but no magnetite protection.

Q:  How much coverage to you get out of a gallon of Rust Doctor?  I have a lot of outdoor structural steel that needs painted.  This steel is somewhat rusty. Do I want to knock the loose pieces off then paint it with the Rust Doctor?

A:  A gallon of Rust Doctor will cover 200 square feet of rusty metal. Yes you would need to knock off the loose rust and loose paint.  We have found a great way to clean the surface and remove the loose rust and paint.  Our  Grease Doctor is a cleaner/ degreaser that removes dirt, grease and oil from the surface of the metal. You mix water with the concentrated Grease Doctor according to how strong a cleaner you want. There are mixing instructions on the label.  Apply the Grease Doctor to the surface with a spray bottle or garden sprayer. Brush the surface with a wire brush or Scotch Brite Pad. This works the cleaner into the surface and removes loose rust or paint. Rinse the surface with water to remove contamination, loose rust and paint from the surface.  If you have a pressure washer, you can rinse the surface using the pressure washer to skip the wire brushing process.  Always check the surface and make sure you have removed all the loose material. Make sure the cleaned surface is dry before treating it with Rust Doctor. Q:  Can I apply a galvanized paint to the Rust Doctor treated surface? A: There are so many different formulations of galvanized paint; we can only advise that you check with the manufacturer of the galvanized paint to insure that their product can be applied over a latex primer. Rust Doctor leaves a latex primer on the surface as well as converting the rust. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ As a Springtime reminder- Rust Doctor is non-toxic, bio-degradable  and non-flammable which is good for all of us and the environment.

NontoxicWe invite you to contact us with your questions about Rust Doctor products and how to best use them.

On the home page you will also see our Rust Doctor video showing you how to use the Rust Doctor

We love to feature projects from our customers who have had success with their rust metal projects.

Send us you before and after pictures and we will feature them on our Rust Doctor Blog.

Here is a picture of Martin’s John Deere Tractor.

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What Paint Product to Use to Get Rid of Rust?

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COLOR FIRST?

When you get that inkling that you are going to “make new what is now old”…..it is easy to start thinking what color should I paint my project?  You may have a large scale project like a car restoration or perhaps something smaller like outdoor furniture or a child’s Tonka truck. It’s fun to imagine how it will look when you finish your project. In order to make it a lasting thing of beauty, it’s important to use the right steps to get there. If you have rusty metal present on this project, it is important to take care to remove rust permanently to insure lasting results. When you go to the paint store or big box store, you will see rows and rows of paint products. Which one will help you with that rust removal? It’s overwhelming! Some paint products may have the word “rust or rusty” in their name. Don’t assume that it means it will take care of removing rust on that precious 1956 Chevy you are restoring.

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1956 Chevy restored using Rust Doctor products

How does a consumer pick the right product for their project? How do you remove rust? What about safety and environmental concerns? The Rust Doctor hopes to unravel some of these questions about the best way to attack rusting metal by introducing you to the various paint product to remove rust.

Rust Encapsulation

There are a few paints on the market that advertise the ability to seal or encapsulate rust. They claim to have chemical structures that have very tight molecules that will not allow moisture or oxygen to reach the rusted metal surface. The effectiveness of these products varies, depending on application and surface preparation. Because of the strong chemical nature of these products (toxic), gloves should be worn and adequate ventilation is important. Spraying requires special thinning solvents and specialized breathing equipment. In addition to being highly toxic, most rust paints are EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE and should be handled with caution.

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Many solvent based rust removers require special safety equipment

Acids

Use of acids to dissolve rust is another method for rust control. A number of products on the market that deal with rust contain phosphoric acid. Acids dissolve the rust and leave behind a thin oxide coating on the surface. Because this coating is thin, it needs to be protected by topcoating with a quality exterior paint. When using acids, it is important rinse off the metal before the acid begins attacking the solid metal that remains after the rust is dissolved. Gloves should be worn and adequate ventilation is required when using acids. Because of the strong fumes associated with acids, spraying requires special breathing equipment and eye protection.

Another process similar to the acid removal process is commercial stripping. In this process, metal (even an entire car frame) is dipped in a large tank of caustic soda at an elevated temperature. After the paint is dissolved, the metal is removed and rinsed with water and then put in another tank of alkaline solution and the rust removed electrolytically. This is an effective process, but requires a topcoating within a few days or rust will start. Because of the cost of this type of operation, these facilities are usually only available in large metropolitan areas.

Chemical Conversion

A very old method of protecting metal from rusting is through chemical conversion. Blacksmiths were probably the first to discover this procedure when they coated their tools with oil and then heated them in a forge. This process created a very hard coating on the tool’s surface, protecting it from rust. Known later as “magnetite,” this very hard form of iron oxide is one of the most effective means of eliminating rust. And because magnetite is chemically inert, it does not react with oxygen or moisture.

Rust Doctor is a paint that uses the chemical conversion process. Two factors make Rust Doctor unique as a rust control system. The paint is a water based latex product, allowing brushes and spray equipment to be cleaned up with soap and water. In addition, because there are no strong acids or solvents in Rust Doctor, it is non-flammable and can be used in an enclosed environment without fear of dangerous fumes. This is especially useful when spraying Rust Doctor in a shop or garage. A second advantage of Rust Doctor is the fact it includes a clear primer that creates an excellent base for topcoating with any kind of paint. Once the conversion process is complete, the surface is left with a heavy coating of this latex primer. In one step, the rust is converted to magnetite and surface is primed. This primed surface will accept sanding primers, making it possible to create as smooth a surface as desired. You can also weld or use fillers if desired on a Rust Doctor treated surface.

Rust Doctor is non-toxic, non-flammable and biodegradable. Water clean-up makes it a breeze to use.

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Be sure to visit our web site for a short video on how to use Rust Doctor. Get started on that rusty metal project you have been waiting to restore. The color? That’s up to you!

If you need help with your project or need technical assistance, contact us, the Rust Doctor Team is ready to assist you. Be sure to check out our other articles on this blog to see how easy it is to use Rust Doctor on your  rusty metal restoration projects.

BEFORE RUST

Before Rust Doctor and some elbow grease

AFTER

After…a nice project well done to last!

Rust Doctor comes in three convenient sizes for your use. Check out our product page to see what we offer to make rust removal easy for you.Rust Doctor and Grease Doctor is proudly made in the USA.

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Remove Rust from Your Door Jambs

Here’s a solution for a customer who has a problem with rust on his door jambs and wheel wells.

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Help! I have a 2003 GMC Sierra and this winter has been hell on my truck. The jamb under the doors and body around the wheel wells are being eaten away with rust. This spring I am thinking of cutting it all out but am afraid of doing more harm then good…. Any recommendations?  

Mike

Hi Mike,

It sounds like winter has wreaked havoc on your truck.  This winter has been hard on many of our customers. You are wise to think twice about cutting out any metal. You do not need to cut out the rusted metal, we have any easier option for you.  Rust Doctor will convert all the rust to a hard non-rusting black iron oxide which will never rust again and leave a clear primer on the surface so you can top coat with any kind or color of paint.  Here are the steps to fixing your problem:

  1. Apply our Grease Doctor cleaner/degreaser to the rusty surface and brush with a wire brush to remove loose rust and paint.  Rinse the surface thoroughly with water.  Check the surface to be sure there is not loose rust or paint on the surface.  If there is, remove it with the wire brush.
  1. Apply Rust Doctor with a brush, applying enough so that there is no rust showing through the surface.  On areas where the rust is particularly heavy, you may want to apply a second coat of Rust Doctor while the first coat is still tacky which is usually about 10 minutes after you applied the first coat.  You can wash your brush under the water faucet for future use.
  1. After the Rust Doctor has cured for 24 hours, you can use body filler/putty or fiberglass on any areas you feel are too this or weak or have small holes or to create a smoother surface for top coating.  You can weld on a Rust Doctor treated surface if you need to.  
  1. As is done in body shops, you can spray sanding primer on the surface and sand with 200 grit wet and dry paper, applying one or more coats until you have the surface as smooth as you need.  The advantage of wet and dry paper is you can sand dip and sand and dip in water and wash off the paint particles as you sand the primed surface. This would be along the door jams as you can see these areas.  Since the fender wells are out of site it could be painted as is. 
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Rust Doctor come in 3 sizes

 

 

 

 

 

 

One quart of Rust Doctor and a quart of Grease Doctor should be enough for the amount of surface area you are treating. The beauty of Rust Doctor for rust removal is it is non-toxic, non-flammable and biodegradable.  Many of the solvent based product require special ventilation  and strongly suggest the use of respirators . Rust Doctor is a safe and easy to use product to remove rust. Be sure you watch the video on using Rust Doctor on our web site.

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Example of before,during and after using Rust Doctor.

If you have more questions on using Rust Doctor, please email or call us here. Our team is always happy to assist our customers with their questions or concerns about their projects.

The Rust Doctor Team

 

 

 

Remove Rust from Horse Corrals

Clint Eastwood 

“Sometimes if you want to see changes for the better, you have to take things in you’re your own hands.”  – Clint Eastwood

I’m not sure Clint Eastwood  ever had to restore a corral, but the quote fits for all of you that need to remove rusty metal from your rusted out corrals or fencing.  Most animal lovers like to provide a clean and safe environment for their horses or other animals. The extra bonus is to have a nice looking corral as well. Corrals come in all shapes, sizes and materials. We are focusing on getting metal corrals looking new again with the Rust Doctor.

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Don’t let your rusty old metal corral panels get so bad that they rust through. Time and the environment can ruin your corrals and your investment.

Here are the steps needed to paint your corrals and breathe new life into them. You can make them look new again and get more life from them. Follow our “Tips & tricks”to prepare the rusty panels or fencing for rust removal and painting . The Rust Doctor gets rid of rust forever. With that in mind, here are some tips that will make removing rust from old metal panels easier and more effective.

1. Get Rid of Rust – Forever

Before you can paint your metal corral panels, you need to make sure that they are free of rust. In order to remove rust buildup on the panels, use a wire brush to scrub areas where rust damage appears. It is important that you brush off loose paint flakes as well. Some customers find it useful to use a power washer to loosen the rust and paint flakes. Spray horizontally if you decide to use this method to keep mud from splashing up. You may find that you need to brush off the bottom rails by hand with a wire brush.

2. Clean the Rusty Metal

Use a water based cleaner/degreaser like the Grease Doctor. This is an important step to remove dirt, grime and other contaminants that may be present. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with water. You can hose it off or use a bucket with water and rag.

4. Apply the Rust Doctor

Once your rusty metal surface is clean and dry, you are ready to paint the rusty corral surfaces.  While you can use a paint brush, many customers prefer to use painting mitts. Paint mittens work best as they are lined with plastic to keep your hands free of paint. The illustration below shows a man using latex gloves under his cotton gloves. This may work for you, but the mitts hold paint better. Paint mittens can be found on-line, at most paint and home improvement stores, such as Home Depot.  We recommend covering the whole surface both painted and rusted metal. As the Rust Doctor dries, it will turn black.  This coating also has a clear primer over the areas you have painted with the Rust Doctor product.

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Good example of a rusty metal transformation

5. Painting Your Corral

Now comes the fun part of your project –  choosing a color of paint. We recommend that you top coat your panels with a good quality paint for a maximum benefit. Check with your local paint store which paint would work best in this type of environment.

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Example of restored corral panels. This looks like a great place for horses to run and train.

6. Clean Up & More

The Rust Doctor makes the use and clean up a breeze.  It is non-toxic, non-flammable and biodegradable and safe to use. You do not need special respirators and ventilation systems as many solvent based products recommend. Clean up? Just use water for cleaning your brushes, or sprayers.

 

We are proud to say that the Rust Doctor products are made in the USA. If you have any questions or need assistance with your rusty metal projects, give us a call or email here.

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Happy Trails,

The Rust Doctor Team

 

Remove Rust From BBQ Grills & Smokers

As weather warms up, we get calls and emails about how to remove rust from BBQ grills and smokers. We can almost smell the wonderful aromas as the grilling and smokin’ begins.It’s always nice to start the BBQ season with clean, good looking equipment. There is no need for your BBQ and tank to join the “rust bone-yard”! You can remove the rust with out fear of toxic or flammable applications.

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You can remove rust from this Trager brand smoker.

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Don’t forget your propane tank.

You can use Rust Doctor on your grills and smokers without any problem. After you wire brush the loose rust, we suggest you use Grease Doctor degreaser/cleaner to prep the rusty metal. With the Grease Doctor, you dilute it depending on the level of grease, dirt or oily grime on the surface.  Suggested dilutions are on the label. Rinse thoroughly with water. Once dried, you are ready to remove the rust – permanently. Paint the surfaces with the Rust Doctor. It will be dry to touch in 30 minutes.  Once the Rust Doctor starts to work, you will see the rust converting to a black iron oxide. The rust that is converted to a black iron oxide is not affected by heat; in fact you can weld on the black iron oxide. When you apply Rust Doctor, there is a layer of clear primer. The clear latex primer can withstand temperatures up to 300 degrees at which point the primer will burn off (just light smoke  and non toxic).  After you have treated your grill with Rust Doctor and it has cured for 24 – 48 hours (don’t use the grill while it cures), you can fire up the grill and the spots above 300 degrees will burn off the primer coating.  The converted rust (black iron oxide) will be unaffected and will not rust. After COMPLETELY cooled, we recommend that you  use a high temp paint that is designed for surfaces like your BBQ’s and smokers. One of the great bonuses of using Rust Doctor to remove rust is the water clean up. Rust Doctor is  non-toxic, non-flammable, and biodegradable. If you have left over Rust Doctor, consider other uses on this page from our web site.

And be kind to your propane tank if you are using propane for cooking. It is a given when grilling, the crowd gathers around the grill – each offering their own tips and tricks for the grill and smoker. Happy Grilling ya’all!

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BBQ food

ENJOY!

BONUS: We have added our company’s  favorite recipe for homemade BBQ sauce. It is “sweet & spicy”. You may want to triple the recipe, as it goes fast.

The Rust Doctor Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup of onion chopped fine
  • 2 cups of catchup
  • 8 TBLS brown sugar
  • 4 TBLS regular yellow mustard
  • 4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • Some grated ginger to taste
  • Wine vinegar to taste

Sauté onions until translucent. Add the next 6 ingredients and cook down until rich and thick. Add wine vinegar and ginger to taste. You can leave chunky, or whirl up in the food processor.  If tripled, you will get 3+ pints. Enjoy!

Rusty Frame & Guarantee

 Here is an email from Ken regarding a rusted frame & more.

I am writing to get some more information on your product, Rust Doctor. As I searched the internet, I could not find many video’s that demonstrated clear use (step by step) of their products to remove rust. These products were also solvent based, which is a safety concern to me. I did notice that your video on your web site and YouTube does demonstrate the use of Rust Doctor on rusty metal . Do you have any testimonials for your product?  I have several car enthusiast friends who are also interested, but they wanted to see some non-biased results from other Rust Doctor customers.   I have a 1997  Chevy Suburban that has a very rusted  frame. Would your Rust Doctor product convert this rust into a surface that could be directly primed and painted without the rust returning ? What is the warranty for your product?

Thanks for all the info,

Ken

Hi Ken.

Thanks for you questions regarding the use of Rust Doctor products. We are glad you caught our video on our site and on YouTube. Our product differs greatly from the solvent based products that you find out on the market. Safety is a concern for both home use and industry customers. Our product is water-based. It is non-toxic, non-flammable and biodegradable. This should address your concern about safe use of our products to remove rust. It also makes clean up a breeze, especially if you are using airless sprayers.

Our guarantee: We will return your purchase price if our product does not perform as stated and you carefully follow the directions on the bottle.

 Regarding your other question. Rust Doctor works by converting the rust, while most solvent based products cover or encapsulate the rust.

Once the rust has converted, it leaves a clear primer on the surface. We recommend painting with Rust Doctor over the entire surface you are working on. Then both the converted rust and the paint will now be primed. The rusty areas will turn black which means the rust is permanently gone and is now protecting the base metal underneath. If there is any rust in the bare metal (even down in the pores of the metal which you can’t see), it will turn black. You can paint the surface after it has cured in 24 hours. It is dry to touch in 30 minutes, which helps prevent dust collecting on the surface.  If the surface is exposed to a lot of long term moisture, we recommend top coating.  However, if the surface is on the interior of a vehicle or building, you can skip the top coating phase.

 You will need to clean the surface with a water based cleaner/degreaser such as our Grease Doctor before treating the surface. Apply the cleaner to the surface and brush it lightly with a wire brush. The brushing will remove loose rust and paint. Rinse the surface with water to remove contaminants, loose rust and loose paint. Now the surface is ready for a Rust Doctor treatment. Wash your brush or clean your spray gun with water. Rust Doctor dries to touch in 20 to 30 minutes. Allow 24 hours for complete cure.

You can use body filler, fiberglass on a Rust Doctor treated surface (scuff lightly before application). Also, you can weld on a Rust Doctor treated surface.

Testimonials: Check out our blog to see how our customers have successfully used Rust Doctor to remove rust. You can also check out some testimonials the Rust Doctor web page.

 

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Follow-Up: Ken contacted us later to order Rust Doctor products for his frame work on his Chevy Suburban. He was impressed with the level of customer service the Rust Doctor offered. It is our goal to provide the quality “customer centered” service to help you with your project, large or small. If you have before or after pictures of your projects, we would like to feature them on our blog . Just forward them to us and we will do the rest. Have a question? Call or email us.

Rust Doctor Team

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Types of Rust Removal Options – You Decide

We love the challenges our customers take on when it comes to their car, home improvements, equipment and other projects. Many of them want to know if they can remove rust on a variety of metal items. There are lots of ways to approach and remove rust. What you have to evaluate is safety, ability, costs, reliability of the product or  system you are choosing. Here are several ways to remove rust. You be the judge of what will work for you to for rust removal.

Mechanical Removal
One of the most common methods to remove rust is by the use of grinders, wire brushes, sandpaper and sand blasting. These mechanical methods physically remove the rust from the metal surface. For minor rust, sandpaper will effectively remove rust. Heavy rust requires the use of power equipment that tears the rust away from the surface, exposing bare metal. Sandblasting forces large amounts of sand against the metal surface, breaking down the rust and some metal into fine particles that separate from the surface. Sand blasting is an effective process, but takes experience and specialized equipment. Additionally, if the metal is not primed immediately after sandblasting, rust will readily form on the porous metal surface. Using mechanical methods requires care because being too aggressive may damage the metal surface.

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After sandblasting, you must prime the metal immediately to keep rust from forming on the porous metal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Rust Paints
There are a few paints on the market that advertise the ability to seal or encapsulate rust. They have chemical structures that have very tight molecules that will not allow moisture or oxygen to reach the rusted metal surface. The effectiveness of these products varies, depending on application and surface preparation. Because of the strong chemical nature of these products (toxic), gloves should be worn and adequate ventilation is important. Spraying requires special thinning solvents and specialized breathing equipment. In addition to being highly toxic, most rust paints are EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE and should be handled with caution.

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No special equipment needed with Rust Doctor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acids
Use of acids to dissolve rust is another method for rust control. A number of products on the market that deal with rust contain phosphoric acid. Acids dissolve the rust and leave behind a thin oxide coating on the surface. Because this coating is thin, it needs to be protected by topcoating with a quality exterior paint. When using acids, it is important rinse off the metal before the acid begins attacking the solid metal that remains after the rust is dissolved. Gloves should be worn and adequate ventilation is required when using acids. Because of the strong fumes associated with acids, spraying requires special breathing equipment.

Another process similar to the acid removal process is commercial stripping. In this process, metal (even an entire car frame) is dipped in a large tank of caustic soda at an elevated temperature. After the paint is dissolved, the metal is removed and rinsed with water and then put in another tank of alkaline solution and the rust removed electrolytically. This is an effective process, but requires a topcoating within a few days or rust will start. Because of the cost of this type of operation, these facilities are usually only available in large metropolitan areas.

Chemical Conversion
A very old method of protecting metal from rusting is through chemical conversion. Blacksmiths were probably the first to discover this procedure when they coated their tools with oil and then heated them in a forge. This process created a very hard coating on the tool’s surface, protecting it from rust. Known later as “magnetite,” this very hard form of iron oxide is one of the most effective means of eliminating rust. And because magnetite is chemically inert, it does not react with oxygen or moisture.

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Rust Doctor is a paint that uses the chemical conversion process. Two factors make Rust Doctor unique as a rust control system. The paint is a water based latex product, allowing brushes and spray equipment to be cleaned up with soap and water. In addition, because there are no strong acids or solvents in Rust Doctor, it is non-flammable and can be used in an enclosed environment without fear of dangerous fumes. This is especially useful when spraying Rust Doctor in a shop or garage. The ease of water clean-up makes using Rust Doctor a breeze AND it is biodegradable . Another advantage of Rust Doctor for rust removal is the fact it includes a primer that creates an excellent base for topcoating with any kind of paint. Once the conversion process is complete, the surface is left with a heavy coating of this latex primer. In one step, the rust is converted to magnetite and surface is primed. This primed surface will accept sanding primers, making it possible to create as smooth a surface as desired.

Today we have posted an interesting project of removing rust from a large heavy duty spring for a car. Rust Doctor comes in several sizes. Call us or email if you are not sure how much product you will need.

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Ready for the rust removal job.

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Spring converted &  completed

Rust removal is complete. Rust Doctor leaves a black coating with a clear primer. You can leave it black or paint it any color.

Rust Removal & Body Fillers

Hi. I have purchased the Rust Doctor to remove rust from my car hood. Not only is the hood rust covered, it needs body work. Is it okay to spread body plastic over it and/or will it hold up without any problems chemical or other wise?

Thank you,

Joe

That’s a great question Joe! You can apply body filler/putty on the Rust Doctor treated surface. Slightly scuff the surface with some 200 or 300 grit sand paper so you can get a “good bite” in the already treated Rust Doctor surface. You can apply virtually any product over a Rust Doctor treated surface, including fiberglass, bed liner and sound deadening coatings.

The Rust Doctor team had a real challenge when they decided to restore their own project – A 1969 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance. Talk about rust removal! There was plenty of body work to be done as well, which included using body plastic. Then there was the painting, cleaning up chrome, and reclaiming the whole interior.

The ambulance had been used  at the Bonneville Salt Flat Time trials for several years in the early 70’s. The environmental conditions were rough and took its’ toll on the Bonneville. It was eventually was bought by a private party in Arizona and then the Rust Doctor team found it on Ebay and brought it home to Oregon. It was a “love of labor” as most car projects are. It took time to gather parts, prepare the ambulance for rust removal with Grease Doctor and then converting the rust permanently with Rust Doctor. It has now been restored to the beauty it once was. As many of you do, we named our car. She is now called “Bonne”. We take her to car shows, parades, and sometime take her to trade shows we attend. Maybe someday we will see Joe or some of our other customers in a show with their projects. Feel free to send us your success story and pictures. We would like to feature them on our blog. Just contact us at the Rust Doctor. Here are some pictures of the Rust Doctor 1969 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance.

The Rust Doctor Team

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This is the 1969 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance before work is done.

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Power washing under carriage of “Bonne” picture by Graham Lewis Fine Photography.

Car putty on back rear after rust removal.

Car putty on back rear after rust removal.

 

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Here is an after shot of the same area. We decided to paint the majority of the ambulance red.

The interior of "Bonne". Hard to imagine such a small space for patients.

The interior of “Bonne”. Hard to imagine such a small space for patients.

This is Bonne in Reno's Hot August Nights cruise. Photo courtesy of Graham Lewis Photography.

This is Bonne in Reno’s Hot August Nights cruise. Photo courtesy of Graham Lewis Fine Photography.

 

 

Remove Rust from a 2 Horse Trailer

I have a 2 horse trailer and it has surface rust almost everywhere.  How much Rust Doctor do you think I will need? I plan to remove rust from all over the trailer. This includes inside, outside, above, below, and the tongue. We are located in Colorado and want to know about applying Rust Doctor in an outdoor environment, as we do not have a indoor space to apply Rust Doctor for rust removal. Enclosed are pictures of our horse trailer.

Thanks. 

Keith

Trailer Front Left Side

Trailer Back

 

Hi Keith,

The total square footage of surface area of your trailer is approximately 1,000 square feet.  That is two sides, the front, back and floor plus the tongue.  That calculation includes treating booth sides of the surfaces we discussed previously to remove rust.  Because you can paint Rust Doctor over rust and paint, you will permanently stop all rust on the surface and prime the converted rust and the paint. You can then apply a top coat of any color or any kind of paint. We would recommend a good quality industrial grade paint. Your local paint store can advise you on the best paint for strong wear.

The five gallon pail of Rust Doctor will cover a little over a 1,000 square feet, which is all of the surface needing treatment.  With each 5 gallon pail of Rust Doctor, we provide a free gallon of Grease Doctor cleaner/degreaser to clean the surfaces before you apply the Rust Doctor. You mix water with the Grease Doctor according to what area you are cleaning.  As you add water, you change Grease Doctor from a pure degreaser to a strong cleaner to a mild cleaner.  For lower surfaces on the trailer, use Grease Doctor fairly strong mixture to remove any road oil that is on the surfaces.  Higher up on the trailer you can use a weaker mixture.  I would use a fairly strong mixture on the floor and lower side walls.  Be sure and rinse the surface with plenty of water after using Grease Doctor to remove dirt, oil and any other contaminants that release from the surface by the Grease Doctor.  You will need to remove any loose rust or paint before you apply Rust Doctor.  You can use a pressure washer, wire wheel, Scotch Bright Pads or any system the works for you. 

Applying Rust Doctor in direct sunlight is not a problem unless the temperature is in the high 80’s and above because the metal would be so hot the Rust Doctor may dry too fast.  The temperature range for applying Rust Doctor is 40° to 100°.  Because Rust Doctor is water based, you don’t want to apply it when the temperature may drop into the low thirties.  You can apply it outside but I would put it under cover when you are done as you don’t want moisture collecting on the surface for 16 to 24 hours.  Rust Doctor will feel dry in about 30 minutes but it works on the rust for up to 20 hours until all the moisture in the paint has evaporated.  If moisture collects on the surface, it keeps the paint from drying properly. 

UPDATE FROM OUR  CUSTOMER:

First I would like to thank you for taking the time to correspond over the past couple of days. I believe my approach will be applying Rust Doctor to remove rust when the weather breaks a bit.  There is still snow and it is not the best weather.  I think I will power spray the entire trailer after removing what I can (internal components of the trailer, the wood inside the trailer, windows, etc) and hopefully some of the loose rust.  Then I’ll allow the trailer to completely dry, pick three days where it looks like the weather will cooperate and follow your process.  Apply following your instructions and if I do it right, I will not have to worry about rust anymore.

Keith

We know you will be happy with how easy the rust removal will be with the Rust Doctor products. Your horse trailer appears to have “good bones” and will make it worth the time to remove rust from your horse trailer.  The Rust Doctor strives for quality “customer centered” service, so if  you have more questions about rust removal, please contact us.  We would enjoy seeing pictures of your completed rust free project when you are done. Good luck and happy riding!

The Rust Doctor Team.

Tips & Tricks for Those “Hard to Reach Places”

Our customer Tom inquired about using a Hudson garden sprayer to apply Rust Doctor to repair rust on his truck.

Thanks Tom, for your question on how to approach rust removal. You can apply Rust Doctor with a Hudson Sprayer or any type of garden sprayer on rusty metal. However, the sprayer does not atomize the paint very well because there isn’t enough pressure in the tank. Consequently you don’t get a nice even spray as you would with a spray gun with a latex tip (19-22) or with an airless spray gun. The Hudson Sprayer works great for places that are hard to reach on your rusty metal as you can use the long wand to reach down into the bottom of a door or areas on the undercarriage. Painting with a brush will give you a smoother surface on rusty metal. Here is a link to our “how to” page  to make your rusty metal project look great.

Here are more “TIPS & TRICKS” on how to repair rust on your projects.

 Rust Doctor is a very versatile product. Here are various ways you can use Rust Doctor to treat and seal rusty metal.

  •  One of the most difficult problems in treating rust is access to the rusted area. In car restoration, for example, inside doors it is difficult to get at seams and welds that contain rust. One solution is to use a spray bottle to squirt Rust Doctor into hard to get at places. By setting the spray adjustment to a stream, you can direct Rust Doctor at the elusive welds and seams. Follow-up by using a spray gun to spray the remainder of the inside of the door to completely stop any rust that is present and seal the metal.
  •  Another method for getting at difficult places is to use a syringe to squirt Rust Doctor into tight locations where you need more control that the spray bottle provides. The syringe will shoot a stream of Rust Doctor into a tight location. You can easily control the force and quantity of the spray by varying how hard you push on the plunger.
  •  To clean large areas of rusty metal, pressure washing will effectively remove dirt, rust, grease and loose paint in one operation. For storage tanks, car frames and bodies, metal structures and etc., high pressure washing will effectively prepare the surface for Rust Doctor treatment. If grease is present, add a cleaner/degreaser such as Grease Doctor to the wash water. Be sure to rinse the surface before moving on to the next step of using the Rust Doctor.
  •  Before you treat metal with Rust Doctor, you must remove any grease or oil that might be present on the rusted surface. On very old metal, oil down in the rust is difficult to see. One way to check for oil or grease in the rust is to spray the surface with a fine mist of water. If oil is present, the mist will lay on the surface. Without the presence of oil in the rust, the mist will soak into the rust, indicating that you will not need to worry about a cleaner/degreaser. Try several areas to be sure oil or grease in not present. The Grease Doctor is a very effective cleaner/degreaser. Since it is a concentrate, you can decide how many parts of water to Grease Doctor parts you would need.
  •  When treating metal with Rust Doctor, it is important to force Rust Doctor into places where metal is welded or riveted. Rust builds up where the two pieces of metal are attached. Foam brushes work very effectively at forcing the paint between the metal pieces. Even if you can’t force Rust Doctor completely between the metal, it will create a barrier along the outside edges to keep moisture and oxygen from reaching whatever rust could not be treated. This is important because the rust will continue to grow if it is not sealed off. If the surface is painted, rust stains will appear along the edges of the seam where the metal is connected if that connection is not sealed off.
  • On automobile bodies, it is important to treat the front and back of metal body panels. If you only treat the front of a panel and then paint it, rust will migrate around the edges from the back side of the panel and stain the paint or create bubbles that eventually cause the paint to release. In some cases additional panels cover the backside of body panels, making it difficult to treat rust. It may be necessary to drill holes in these covering panels (this is inside the body and not visible) and spray Rust Doctor between the panels to stop the rust. This is the only way this rust can be stopped. The holes can then be welded or filled with rubber plugs.
  • Clean-up is a snap with our Rust Doctor products. Many of our competitors rust products require using solvents to clean tools such as  brushes and sprayers. The water clean up of our products is not only a time saver when working on your rust repair, it is also much safer.  Rust Doctor is non-toxic, non-flammable and biodegradable.

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Remember, if you have any questions about how to stop rust, don’t hesitate to call or email us. The Rust Doctor team will help you with your rust repair questions.

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A garden sprayer like this can be your best friend when trying to reach those hard to reach area on your rusty metal project.