June 24, 2021
When selecting a rust preventative (RP) for your own or a customer’s application, it can be difficult to know where to start given the wide range of options. The Cortec® Technical Services Rust Preventative Product Line Guide can be a helpful tool to narrow down your choices by looking at specific rust preventative characteristics based on the following questions.
What Kind of Carrier Do You Want?
The Tech Service guide groups products according to type: bio-based, oil-based, solvent-based, and water-based.* While choosing water-based or bio-based is a great way to go to get environmental and worker benefits, some users will simply be more comfortable using a solvent-based or oil-based carrier they are already familiar with or that may be specified by their company. The guide offers several options for each category.
What Level of Protection Do You Need?
The chart includes a key to identify level of protection. For instance, if the metal parts or equipment will be exposed to harsh elements outdoors, a product with a higher level of protection will be needed than for items that remain in a sheltered warehouse or packaging environment.
Do You Want a Dry Film or an Oily Film?
Another important question to consider is whether or not you would like the protective film to be oily or dry. This can affect the overall messiness of the application and removal process and whether or not a component can be installed or used immediately. This feature is identified under “Film Type” and “Notes.”
How Easy Do You Want Removal to Be?
Removal is also a significant consideration. Cortec® rust preventatives range from those that do not need to be removed at all (or can be easily rinsed off with water) to those that are heavier duty and may need to be power washed off.
Thinking about these characteristics in relation to your application, storage, and shipping environments and the end use of the metals being protected will go a long way toward helping you select the most suitable rust preventative for your specific needs. Contact Cortec® Technical Services for a copy of the guide and for further assistance: https://www.cortecvci.com/contact-us/
*Note: Some water-based products are also bio-based.
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