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One of the key differences between a rust converter versus rust remover

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The onset of corrosion affects both the visual appearance of an object and, more critically, it can cause structural weakening. It is therefore important that rust is treated as soon as possible using the most appropriate type of product. Knowing the difference between a rust converter and a rust remover and how each product works will help in the decision process.

What is a rust converter?

These products convert rather than remove rust from an object.

It is a water-based chemical solution and contains two main active ingredients. These differ between products available commercially containing either phosphoric acid or tannic acid, or a combination of both. The other ingredient added is an organic polymer, which serves to provide a protective primer layer to the object it is applied to. Phosphoric acid converts iron oxide (rust) into an inert layer of ferric phosphate, which is black in colour. This inert layer then acts as a barrier layer or protective coating against future rusting.

A rust converter eliminates the need to sandblast rust therefore less time and energy is involved in the process. These products can be used for a wide range of applications: vehicles, trailers, industrial equipment and machinery, farming equipment and domestic outdoor fittings and fixtures.

What is a rust remover?

There is no chemical process involved. Instead a rust remover is applied to the affected area to help in the process to banish rust from the object being treated. Rust removal products contain oxalic acid as the main ingredient. Sanding away as much of the rust as possible is advisable before the rust remover is applied.

The purpose of these products is to help speed up the process of removing rust from a metal surface. The oxalic acid reacts with iron oxide (rust) causing it to separate away from the metal surface. Once the rust has disappeared you are left with a stable surface for priming and painting.

Jenolite Rust Remover liquid formulation can be used to remove light films of rust left after sandblasting. It can be used to re-rust by immersion and wiped dry immediately afterwards. Good quality primers are recommended afterwards.

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