In our labs, we tested 17 of the most popular rust remover and rust inhibitor products on the market today. All products were tested under identical conditions in a salt/fog chamber for 30 days initially to see which of these products prevented rust the best.
The testing was personally supervised by Franklin G. Reick, chemist and inventor of HinderRUST to investigate claims made by other products, and to see if HinderRUST was a viable product to bring to market.
A note about rust removers vs. rust inhibitors
At the end of the day, there are only a couple of ways to remove rust from a metal surface:
- Sand it off, chisel it off, or blast it off with high pressure.
- Use a chemical converter (acid) to dissolve it without dissolving the metal. Chemical converters typically only work on small amounts of surface rust. Almost everyone ends up sanding, chiseling, and wiping off rust by hand at some point in the process anyway, even after acids are used.
If you’re going through the trouble and mess of removing rust, most likely the next step would be preventing it from coming back, right? Because these operations go hand-in-hand, the distinction between a rust remover and a rust inhibitor is often confusing to people. What is important to remember is that a product that makes a good rust remover is not necessarily a good rust inhibitor. The chemistry of these products is different and as our testing shows, solvent-based rust inhibitors tend to evaporate more readily and have more difficulty providing long-term protection against rust.