Rust Prevention for Your Gardening Tools
Much of the world is aware that Rust Bullet’s rust prevention and rust repair products are outstanding at stopping rust on cars. Many are also taking advantage of Rust Bullet’s DuraGrade Concrete for a garage floor paint that seals and protects while maintaining aesthetic appeal. One use for Rust Bullet that you might not otherwise consider is applying it to your gardening tools. We’re not sure about you guys, but our gardening tools have been in our family for years. Older models of these seldom-considered tools are often made of iron and steel, and they’re prone to rusting. In this article we look at how Rust Bullet’s rust prevention can help families maintain gardening tools across generations.
From What Materials Are Gardening Tools Made?
The latest and greatest gardening tools are often made from materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, carbon steel and powder-coated aluminum. Some of these materials are more corrosion-prone than others. Although some of these materials corrode, they do not rust.
The tools that do rust are your older garden tools, the ones your parents, grandparents and great grandparents gave you when you first broke out into the world. Rust forms on iron and steel when the metal reacts with oxygen and moisture. Oxygen and moisture just so happen to be critical to the plants in your garden, so the issue is obvious.
Here is quick breakdown of some of the gardening tools in your arsenal that are prone to rusting.
- Pruning shears
- Hedge shears
- Utility cart
Why Should I Seek Rust Prevention for My Gardening Tools?
According to the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Rusting has a number of effects on metal objects. It makes them look orange and rough. It makes them weaker, by replacing the strong iron or steel with flaky powder.”
Weak tools are no good, especially when you need to till rough soil as we have in Nevada. The problem of rusting tools gets magnified when you live in a moisture-prone climate such as the Pacific Northwest. Gardens in Oregon and Washington benefit from all the moisture in the air, but sodium-laden fog and increased humidity can weaken the integrity of metal surfaces.
Iron oxide, aka rust, is not directly harmful to plants as it isn’t water soluble. That said, rust will make your gardening tools weaker and unattractive.
A rusty trowel may be of little concern to you, but a rusty utility cart or wheelbarrow can be a safety hazard. These garden aids have bare metal surfaces that are prone to rust and corrosion. If a gardener is transporting heavy or sharp objects such as paving stones or shearers, an unexpected collapse of the gardening aid can result in serious injury.
Which Rust Bullet Product Can Stop Rust on My Gardening Tools?
We recommend Rust Bullet Industrial to stop rust and prevent its return on all your tools, including your gardening tools. This patented coating has some outstanding features. Here is a quick recap of those features.
- 2-coat minimum application protects all iron and steel-containing metals, both indoors or outdoors, for years. The product is easy to apply via spray, roller or brush.
- This product does not require a primer or top coat, and it can be used as a stand-alone protective coating for your iron or steel.
- You can apply Rust Bullet Industrial directly over painted, unpainted or rusty surfaces.
- This tough product provides UV resistance, resistance to scratches and chips and it comes with a 10-year warranty.
To better protect your gardening tools during long-term storage, consider our Metal Jacket Parts Protector. This is a revolutionary, removable, non-greasy, non-dirt collecting, dust retardant, continuous flexible film that will not crack, peel, or flake with a temperature range of -40˚F to +125˚F.
Metal Jacket protects all iron and steel-containing metals against atmospheric rust and corrosion, salt spray, high humidity, chemical fumes, abrasive matter, fingerprinting and fingerprint corrosion. This product will not harm or damage equipment, and it can be easily removed. Do not apply over existing rust or corrosion. Metal Jacket Parts Protector dries to a transparent, amber colored film and can be applied by spray, dip, or brush.
Note that any tools coated in Metal Jacket Parts Protector will be rendered inoperable until the coating is removed. Removal of the coating is easy using Rust Bullet Solvent.
Additional uses for Metal Jacket beyond gardening tools includes:
- Machinery and metal parts, especially those in storage or traveling overseas
- Marine equipment
- Automotive tools
- Mining tools
- Drilling operations
- Farm and road machinery
- Finished or fabricated castings
- Housings, especially in packaged equipment or parts during transit and during domestic or overseas shipments.
To stop rust on your tools and prevent its return, use Rust Bullet Industrial. For long-term storage of your tools or for transporting your tools overseas, use Metal Jacket Parts Protector. To remove Metal Jacket once you are ready to use your tools again, use Rust Bullet Solvent.