We often hear from customers about their success in using Metal Rescue® Rust Remover Bath/CONCENTRATE to remove rust from old metal toys. While some of them are collectors, more often I hear from someone who wants to bring a toy “back to life” because they are inspired by memories from their childhood. Some customers use Metal Rescue to revive toys from their parents or even their grandparents era, while others actually are the parent or grandparent and they want to restore a toy from their youth to share with family. Whatever the reason, the results speak for themselves.
Why Metal Rescue is Ideal for Removing Rust From Metal Toys
Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath is a water-based rust remover designed for iron and steel. It is non-toxic, easy to use and easy to clean up and dispose of. We like to say “Metal Rescue is safe on everything except rust,” because while it removes rust from metal it will not harm other materials that may be found on a vintage metal toy such as wood, glass, rubber, vinyl or plastic and it is safe enough you can put your hands in it. There are a host of additional features and benefits that make Metal Rescue ideal for use when removing rust from vintage metal toys:
- Non-toxic, contains no hazardous ingredients, biodegradable
- Easy to use, clean up, and dispose of
- Uses chelation technology to lift iron oxide (rust) from metal surface – no chemicals or acids
- Does not etch or remove properties of the metal
- Works on all levels of rust – light to heavy
How Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath Works
Metal Rescue removes rust with chelation technology — its rust removal ability is due to the chelation’s attraction to iron oxide (otherwise known as rust). Chelation technology works by surrounding the iron oxide particles (during the bath or soak time) and lifting them from the metal surface. Use of chelation technology to lift iron oxide (rust) from the metal’s surface eliminates the use of chemicals or acids. Metal Rescue removes rust and holds it in suspension of the liquid.
How To Remove Rust from a Metal Toy
Before starting the rust removal process, closely assess the metal toy with a critical eye. Even with Metal Rescue’s safe, water-based formula there are some vintage metal toys that are not stable enough to tolerate the rust removal process. Examples include toys with flaking or cracking surfaces, the age/pigment composition of paint, or chipping/deteriorating paint or coatings. Exercise caution if the vintage toy exhibits any of these types of conditions and proceed with a “when in doubt, test it out” tactic. If there is any question or concern regarding the stability or surface condition of the metal toy, test a small, unseen area before proceeding.
Special Considerations for Rust Removal from a Vintage Painted Metal Toy
It is important to note, that while Metal Rescue is safe on most paints, there are special considerations that apply when working with vintage painted toys:
- If a layer of rust has formed underneath the paint, some of the paint will be lost as Metal Rescue lifts the rust from the metal.
- Some paints (and inks) may use iron oxide pigment (usually orange or red). Since Metal Rescue has been designed to remove iron oxide, it may dissolve the pigment in these types of paints. Always test a small section or hidden area prior to use.
- Soaking any item too long in a liquid (whether it is Metal Rescue or even water), especially an old/vintage item, can loosen or damage the paint.
- For optimal results, check toy each hour while soaking and promptly remove once it has reached desired results.
Photo Proof of Metal Rescue’s Effectiveness in Removing Rust From Old Metal Toys
There is an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words – so let these customer before and after photos do the talking. Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath is the clean, safe and easy way to remove rust from vintage metal toys and to take the work out of your workshop.
Recently, while driving, I had a rock hit the front of my JEEP. The impact of the rock created a dent just deep enough to rip the paint off without really damaging the hood. Upon close inspection of the dime-sized spot of exposed metal, I decided to do what many of us do when it comes to immediately fixing a car problem before it gets out of hand — absolutely nothing.
How To Stop a Rust Spot
Even as a “trained rust professional,” who knows what rust loves best is to be left alone to corrode, I turned a blind eye. With the assistance of water, air and time, my lovely dime-sized spot started to fester and it started to bother me. While it was purely cosmetic and it would hit me at ridiculous moments like waiting for my kids in the school pick up line, my car started to feel junky and old.
So I decided it was time to “practice what I preach” and tackle my little spot of rust on my own. While Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL is sold at AutoZone, I am not the typical AutoZone customer. I am NOT a ‘car girl’. I might classify myself as doing little-to-none when it comes to working on my own car–I even take it in to be detailed instead of cleaning my car myself. But not this time – I was ready to show rust who is boss with the help of Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL of course.
How To Get Rid of Rust on a Jeep
Using a cup of water I ‘washed’ off the hood of my car. Next, I found a stencil brush in my house to apply Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL to the rusty spot. According to the label, Metal Rescue® GEL is safe on paint, which is good news because I ended up getting Metal Rescue® GEL on the paint in addition to the rust spot on the hood of my car. The top of the Metal Rescue® GEL bottle says ‘keep GEL from Drying, wrap after applying’. I went inside grabbed a piece of saran wrap and taped the saran wrap in place with masking tape. I left the car outside in the sun all day. By evening, I took the saran wrap off, grabbed my hose and just sprayed the front of my car. It looked 99% complete so I did the entire process again over night. Applied, wrapped in saran wrap, and then rinsed the gel off in the morning. The rust was removed from my car and I was pumped!
After removing the rust from the hood of my car with Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL, I now had a bare metal, I bought a stick of touch-up paint that matched my JEEP. Viola! Good as new.
Jeep Before and After Rust Removal
I would highly recommend using Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL for all of your on-the-spot rust removal needs. In particular, Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL is a perfect solution for removing rust spots from your car. Metal Rescue® Rust Remover GEL was safe, clean and easy to use.
Farm Collector Magazine has chosen Metal Rescue and Dry Coat as a “New Idea For Old Iron” in their July 2015 issue. Check out how you can restore and reuse old iron for yourself! Continue reading “Farm Collector Magazine New Ideas for Old Iron”
“Here are more parts I de-rusted with the help of Metal Rescue. These parts are from an early 1970’s motorcycle I’m restoring.” – Jeff Stevens
To read entire testimonial download the pdf below: Continue reading “Motorcycle Shocks”