Let’s talk rust removal …
Rust is the product of a chemical reaction between iron and oxygen. When an oxygen molecule comes into contact with an iron molecule, it forms iron oxide (aka rust), and it’s more than just an eyesore. If left untreated it can ultimately ruin whatever object it affects.
As the corrosion process continues, more metal is exposed and subjected to rusting; eventually weakening the metal to the point where it is no longer useful. If you discover a rusty area on an item or tool that’s important to you, be sure to remove it as quickly as possible.
WD-40 greatly helps to remove rusted areas by breaking down the bonds between metal and the rusted parts.
How to remove rust using WD-40:
- Spray the surface or item affected by rust with WD-40; be sure to spray enough to thoroughly soak the area. Allow it to soak in…
- A toothbrush or wire brush/wool is great to loosen the rust. Once the rust has loosened, the brush should clean away most of the corrosion. We’ve had some WD-40 users tell us that sandpaper is also a helpful material to use for this!
- Repeat this process until you are happy that the area is clear; be mindful that any rusted areas you leave will contribute to further growth, so remove as much as you can.
Did you know that WD-40 stands for “Water Displacement – 40th Attempt.” ? The creator of the product sought to concoct a formula designed to prevent corrosion, and he perfected it, https://wd40.co.uk/multi-use-product/original/ as you may have guessed, on his 40th attempt.
WD-40 performs five basic functions: it cleans, displaces moisture, penetrates, lubricates, and protects, but it doesn’t end there – WD-40 has thousands of uses and to find out more of them you need to regularly check out our blog!