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Remove Rust All Around the House

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Not all rust removal projects are large and take months or even years to complete. Some projects are just not worth the time and work it takes to remove rust. In other words, they are ready to R.I.P.

ships of the desert


But as you look around your home, you may see that some of your possessions or collections may need some rust removal and a little sprucing up.  Take the yard and garage as an example.  Sometimes it seems like rust has grown overnight on your garden bench and wheel barrel. As metal is exposed to the elements, it makes for a friendly environment for rust to develop. Rust Doctor makes this job easier.

wheel barrel

This could be anybody’s wheel barrel


Factory items made from metal need to be protected right away in the factory. What you can’t see is the rust developing in the pores of the metal if a protective coating is not applied. The amount of time for the product to rust depends on moisture and humidity in the air. This rusting process can start from a few hours to perhaps 24 hours.  While the paint may look all shiny and new, it is only a matter of time before the rust breaks through.  An example might be a wheel barrel.  A wheel barrel is made to “work”. You will haul dirt, sand, rocks etc in it. How about mixing cement in your wheel barrel? It doesn’t take much time and that rusty metal is coming through, especially when the paint gets scratched and nicked.  Of course it is human nature to let it go sometime before you tackle a re-do on your wheel barrel to remove rust.  But if you let is go long enough, your wheel barrel will develop holes in it and eventually become useless. But you can remove rust before it gets to that breaking point with the Rust Doctor and have your wheel barrel hauling materials once again.

Remove Rust from Your Outdoor Furniture

There are many wonderful styles of outdoor furniture. There are the very ornate cast iron chairs, gliders, benches and tables.  Retro-style tables and chairs have made it back into porches and yards.  While there are some companies that are trying to copy the old style, you can beat the sturdy quality of the truly old metal pieces.  We researched some of the history on this style of furniture, and some of the gliders we discovered were made in the 1920’s. Some companies specialize in the restoration of old metal furniture. A single restored chair can sell for $275 while an old style glider can fetch close to $2,000. Unless you want to part with a lot of money, you may want to restore these beauties yourself. There is a real satisfaction if completing a project where you do the rust removal and painting yourself.

retro chairs rusty

A real find to restore

glider set

Save money – Do it yourself

five chairs retro

Color them beautiful

Remove Rust from Postal Mail Boxes

If you look high and low, you can see where rust removal will  preserve  old treasures.  There are many charming old postal boxes in mostly older homes and buildings that have rusted.  When rust is allowed to progress, you can loose the detail in the mail boxes. This is why it is important to remove rust early on.  We happen to have the newer version and very common style of mail box that sits out by the curb. It is amazing how quickly it can rust. The amount of road dirt and grime that gets sprayed on the row of boxes is amazing. But removing rust from a mailbox is a week-end project you can accomplish.  Removing a box and installing a new one is more difficult than rust removal. Whether you are restoring or replacing a mailbox, check here to the USPS guidelines for installing a mail box.

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A classic


Who hasn’t gone down a street or boulevard and noticed city poles and street signs that are covered in rust? You may not be able to have a say in the maintenance of these poles or street lamppost, but you can control what you have on your property. You can keep them fresh and sharp looking with little effort with Rust Doctor products.



Weather-vanes seem to really take the brunt of the weather elements. Many historical weather-vanes eventually will rust through and loose the ability to work or may fall apart all together. It would be a shame to loose these old treasures. There is no reason to not save these beauties with a little time and effort in a couple of days. Remember – safety first. Check out this web site for 10 safety tips if you are going up on a roof to work on a weather-vane.


Remove Rust from Old Tool Boxes

Some folks say you can’t trust a home baker who has a shiny new looking cookie sheet.  You could almost apply that saying to a tool box. Unless you have a brand new tool box, more than likely the tool box will get beat up over the years and start to rust. What a great surprise for the “do-it-yourselfer” if you could restore that old tool box for someone.  There are some great vintage boxes out there that are sturdy and solid and have many years left in them Consider gifting a restoration of a old  tool box for  a good friend or a family member who values their tool box and would appreciate an updated look. Perhaps you could add a special look to the box. Maybe pin striping, flame job, or their initials?

vintage tool box


General Rust Removal Directions with Rust Doctor

We invite you to visit our video on the Rust Doctor web for general directions of  Rust Doctor products and how to remove rust.  We value customer centered service. If you have questions about rust removal from your project, call or email us at the Rust Doctor. We also invite you tell us about your project.  We would like to share it with other DIY’ers , so send us some pictures of your successes here.

Remember this about the Rust Doctor

Rust Doctor products are:

  • Non-Toxic
  • Non-flammable
  • Biodegradable
  • Made in the USA

Best Wishes,

The Rust Doctor Team

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