Dry Coat FAQs
Dry Coat Rust Preventative is a water-based rust preventative liquid for ferrous metals (such as steel and iron). It is easily applied using spray or dip and upon drying Dry Coat leaves a clear, protective coating that protects against rust and corrosion. Dry Coat will dry-to-touch within 30 minutes at ambient condition and it does not attract dirt or dust on metal parts such as other sticky or tacky products. It is non-hazardous and easily washes off using mild detergents or common metal cleaning solutions. Dry Coat is safe to use on stainless steel and chrome and will not harm most elastomers or plastics. Dry Coat protects for up to one year for items stored indoors.
Dry Coat prevents rust from forming on ferrous metals in two ways. #1. Once Dry Coat is physically applied, it adheres to the surface of the metal leaving a protective film. Upon drying, Dry Coat forms a hydrophobic layer that provides a barrier to water and other rust-causing substances. #2. One component of the Dry Coat formula is Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors (VCI), a class of rust-preventing compounds that release molecules from the compound into the air. The VCI molecules attach themselves to the metal’s surface to form an invisible, thin film that works to protect metal from rust. If metal parts are kept enclosed during storage (e.g. using a bag, box, storage tub), the VCI vapor is kept contained and able to attach to any non-coated metal surface.
- A superb and safe water-based rust preventative
- Dries to the touch – no sticky, messy liquids to clean up
- Keeps metal parts clean and free from corrosion
- Displaces water and oil from metal surfaces
- Saves time and money compared to other messy rust preventative methods
- Replaces hazardous oils, flammable solvents and sticky rust preventatives
- Formulation is non-toxic and environmentally friendly
- Ready to use product, VOC free
- If necessary, can be removed easily with mild detergents or cleaners
Dry Coat is most often applied in one of two ways:
If using spray application, entire surface of metal must be covered. If applying via dip or submersion, allow excess Dry Coat to drain or “flow off” of metal part leaving the correct amount of Dry Coat on the metal surface. While it is always best to use Dry Coat on a clean, metal surface to ensure the optimal rust prevention protection, it is not a requirement for product to work.
Dry Coat will protect metal items stored indoors for one year.
Dry time depends on ambient conditions such as temperature, humidity and airflow. When conditions are ideal, dry time is approximately 30 minutes. If needed, the use of a fan on a low setting or heat (recommended temperature and exposure limit for Dry Coat is 180˚ F (82˚ C) are suggested options to help to accelerate the drying process.
Dry Coat should be stored in temperatures below 180°F. Once applied and dry, Dry Coat will withstand temperatures up to 300°F for short durations (30 minutes or less). For longer durations, a maximum temperature of 180°F is recommended.
Dry Coat was designed to dry-to-the-touch, however, dry time is directly affected by how fast the water portion of Dry Coat’s water-based formula is able to evaporate into the air. The more humid the conditions the longer this will take. Dry time depends on ambient conditions such as temperature, humidity and airflow. When conditions are ideal, dry time is approximately 30 minutes. If needed, the use of a fan on a low setting or heat (recommended temperature and exposure limit for Dry Coat is 180˚ F (82˚ C) are suggested options to help to accelerate the drying process.
Dry Coat provides a protective coating that is approx. 0.5–0.8 microns, or 0.02–0.03 mils thick. For comparison a human hair is 40-50 microns or a piece of photocopy paper is approximately 80 microns thick.
Dry Coat offers two forms of rust protection to help eliminate the need for concern as to whether your application method was precise in covering the entire metal part. The first is the physical barrier provided through the application of Dry Coat to the metal’s surface. The second is the release of a Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor (VCI) that is a component of the Dry Coat formula.When your Dry Coat-covered metal part is stored inside a container (bag, box, storage tub), the VCI vapor that is a part of the chemistry of Dry Coat will attach to any metal surface that wasn’t physically covered and form an invisible, thin film to protect metal from rust. This combination of the physical coating on the metal’s surface and the VCI chemistry that works in vapor offer peace of mind that your metal part is protected.
Dry Coat dries to a tack-free finish that is clear and nearly undetectable and it will not interfere with advanced processing such as stamping, grinding, cutting, welding, or burnishing. If necessary, Dry Coat can be easily removed with a mild detergent, solvent-based cleaners or common metal cleaning solution.