Sadly, it is all too easy for our tools, furniture and many other belongings to succumb to the damaging effects of rust.
To protect your things from the elements, we recommend you use a rust inhibiting oil. But first, what creates rust in the first place?
What exactly is rust?
Rust, other wise known as iron oxide, is a chemical reaction that is brownish – red in colour and course in texture. It weakens bonds within iron / iron alloys which damages the very fabric of the metal itself. Without attention, rust can cause irreversible damage.
What causes rust?
If an environment contains too much oxygen and moisture for a long period of time, iron / iron alloys will oxidise and rust will form. This is because oxygen slowly combines with the iron at an atomic level destroying it from within.
Can rust be removed?
We have a few products that can be used to remove rust. Our more commonly used product for rust removal from patio tiles and concrete is Net-Trol. If you have metal surfaces that have a small amount of rust, we also have a product named Polytrol that can help to remove it and restore any tarnishing.
What can I do if I want the look of rust but without the damaging effects?
If you have a metal feature in your garden, such as a clock mounted on a wall or a statue for example, that has rusted to a state that you like but you are now concerned that the rust will continue to progress and damage your feature, you could try using Owatrol Oil.
Owatrol Oil is a rust inhibitor that saturated into the rust, displacing the moisture and air and stopping rust dead in its tracks. Applying Owatrol Oil will keep the aesthetic you are after whilst also preventing any further rusting.
How to stop rust from happening / returning
You may have managed to removed rust and want to stop it from returning, or perhaps you just want to prevent it from occurring in the first place and so for this we recommend using our rust inhibiting and releasing oil Transyl.
What does Transyl do?
Transyl leaves a thin film on the surface that shields metal from the damaging effects of rust.
Not only that but it is also a lubricating and self-spreading oil that has premium spreading and climbing properties – meaning it is able to reach even what seem like completely inaccessible areas.
Transyl is a multi-purpose product:
Releases – Frees and loosens fixings seized due to rust or corrosion and deposits lubricating film between seized parts, allowing them to be dismantled.
Penetrates – Excellent ‘wetting’ properties allow Transyl to spread quickly and penetrate deeply.
Lubricates – Allows easy movement of stiff and seized parts (ideal for machining).
Cleans – Dissolves and removes dirt, grease, and grime.
Protects – Leaves a thin protective film on metal surfaces to shield against damage caused by moisture and oxidation (rust).
Moisture – Displaces moisture and quickly dries out electrical circuits – prevents moisture induced short circuits.
Self-spreading – Very low surface tension and natural capillary action – climbs vertical metal surfaces and penetrates hard to reach areas.
Machining – Prevents wear and tear on cutting heads
It can also be safely used on a wide variety of other surfaces such as rubber and plastic because it does not contain any caustic or acidic substances.
Transyl can be used internally and externally and is the perfect product to keep your metal surfaces safe and protected from rust.
We hope you found this post helpful. If you have any other tips, tricks or advice, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
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2 thoughts on “What is rust preventative oil?”
Hi I am a joiner. I’m looking for a product to protect my woodworking machines from rust.
Thinking of using transyl oil but am concerned it may seep into bearings & dissolve the grease inside? Could this be an issue, if so is there any other product that won’t do this?
Hi there Ronan,
If you want to protect against rust only, then Owatrol Oil is probably a better option for you: https://www.owatrol.ie/product/owatrol-oil/
I would only suggest using Transyl if you could guarantee that you can cover any areas that you don’t want treated, as you correctly mention, it can dissolve grease if agitated.
I hope this was helpful – please do get in touch again if you require any further assistance.
All the best,
The Owatrol Team