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Rust Patrol FAQs
How does Rust Patrol work?
Surface active moieties that physisorb to the oxide layer. In more simple terms, Rust Patrol is attracted to the metal surface & creates a strong bond.

What kind of barrier is formed?
Rust Patrol forms a multi-molecular layer.  The film thickness is likely greater than 10 microns upon a dip-coat, so 10,000 times thicker than the 1 nanometer thickness of a self-assembled monolayer.  In coating terms, it is approximately a 0.4-0.5 mil film as compared to most thinner epoxy coatings that are 5-6 mils thick. Thus, Rust Patrol is approximately 12 times thinner than a standard epoxy.

On what kind of metals does Rust Patrol work?
Depending on external conditions, Rust Patrol can prevent rust from forming for up to 3 months outside.  Rust Patrol Lubricating Oil lasts approximately 85-90% as long as Multi-Purpose (depending on environment).  If Rust Patrol is being used in an application with considerable wear and tear, more frequent application is recommended. Rust Patrol products can last even longer when protecting equipment stored in a covered area or warehouse.

Does weather affect the performance?
Yes, eventually heavy, pounding rain will wear down the Rust Patrol coating on the surface of the metal.  Where there is regular, extreme weather, more frequent application is recommended.

Can you paint over a surface that has been coated with Rust Patrol?
For best results, we recommend removing Rust Patrol first.  Rust Patrol is attracted to metal surfaces, so your paint would not be able to penetrate the Rust Patrol barrier in order to adhere to the metal surface. We do suggest applying Rust Patrol over paint to use as a sacrificial coating. This works well, particularly at weld points.

Is it safe to use Rust Patrol on electrical parts?
Yes, all Rust Patrol products can be used to coat electrical components.

Is Rust Patrol an anti-seize product?
Rust Patrol products are oils rather than greases and thus are not ideal for anti-seize applications.

Is Rust Patrol compatible with rubber?
It depends on the type of rubber. Test with a sample first to be sure. Higher quality rubbers are less likely to be affected by Rust Patrol.

What is the impact of Rust Patrol on the environment?
Rust Patrol does have some environmental impact, like any similar product. All Rust Patrol products are non-toxic and we offer a variation with no volatile organic compounds (or VOCs), helping companies reduce their air emissions.

Do any Rust Patrol products violate California Prop 65?
No. Rust Patrol products are non-carcinogenic and are not known to create any problems with pregnancy.

Does Rust Patrol contain any zinc, heavy metals, or silicone?
No. Rust Patrol products do not contain any zinc, heavy metals, or silicone.

What about any other harmful chemicals?
Rust Patrol does not contain any phenols, PCs, PCBs, arsenic, or TCDDs.

Is Rust Patrol biodegradable?
No, it should be contained during application & removal.

How do I dispose of excess Rust Patrol products?
  • Users should comply with federal, state, and local laws regarding disposal.
  • If washing Rust Patrol off outside, prevent wastewater from entering storm drains and exiting the site.
  • Example: Put a boom around the storm drain and wash area or using tarps to prevent the material from soaking into the ground. The wastewater can be suctioned into a tote and removed by a waste company.
  • If washing Rust Patrol off inside, follow the same procedure for any drains inside the building.
  • If users get permission from their sanitary sewer provider, they may be allowed to clean inside.
  • Many industrial sites require a storm water permit. If they have not used preventative measures, the runoff could contaminate their samples, which can be a violation.

What size products are available?
  • 2 oz. pump spray
  • 7 oz. aerosol
  • 1 gallon can
  • 5 gallon pail
  • 55 gallon drum
  • 350 gallon stainless steel tote

What is the lead time for an order?
Based on current inventory, an order should be filled immediately.  If a production run is required, an order can be filled in approximately 4-6 weeks.

How do I place an order?
You can reach out to your local sales representative or contact us at or call (803) 396-8400