The Best Rust Removers For Cars – 2019 – Rust Free Rides!

Rust removers are special cleaning chemicals that are specifically for removing and sometimes preventing rust on anything made of metal. While they can remove rust, they can not reverse damages that are made by rust like weak metal or holes in the metal; not usually.

 

What are the different types of rust removers?

Soakers: soaking the metal parts in the chemicals using a bucket or some other container for a variety of time which varies depending on the product. (These are the preferred type for those who want to let the rust remover do the job while they can do another task until the rust is gone.)

Sprays: sprayed onto the areas with rust or sometimes all over the surface. (These generally work the fastest and are a simple fix.)

Paints: take the longest out of the others since it not only takes time for application, but also for drying and possibly more than one coat.

 

What are some things to think about when buying rust removers?

Time: Do you want it to take a few minutes or a few days? Think about what kind of objects you will be treating and if you will need to use them right away or not after they have been treated.

Effort: Do you want a no hassle fix that requires little energy or do you mind getting your hands nice and dirty? Some rust removers require you to use some elbow grease. If you can not or do not want to, take that into consideration.

Ingredients: All rust removers are made of chemicals. To find one without any chemicals is extremely unlikely and rare. Even so, there are many out there that have little to no effect if you do come into contact with them, and some of them are flammable. If you are a cautious person or are sensitive to certain chemicals, you may want to consider only looking for products that have few to no toxins in them.

 

Here are the ten best rust removers you can buy

 

KRUD KUTTER MR32

This product has been around for over 10 years now and it is still selling strong. Many of the great products out there do not have the spray and/or soak option that Krud Kutter has which makes it so well received. The fact that it also can protect against rust for up to a year and prepare surfaces to be painted on is a plus too.

However, it does not work well on surfaces that are already painted on as it can damage or even remove the paint. Also, it can leave behind some smudges on certain surfaces.

Size: 32 oz or 8 oz
Type: Soak and Spray (32 oz: Soak/Spray, 8 oz: Soak)
Time: Quick to Long
Effort: Easy to Difficult
Ingredients: Water-based, Not safe for eyes and skin

PROS
Has soak and spray products
Removes stains and spots quickly

CONS
Does not work well on already painted surfaces
Spray can require hard scrubbing to get deep rust

 

 

Evapo-Rust ER012

Older and more popular than the previous product, Evapo-Rust has been used on a wide variety of object but is mostly known for removing rust from automotive pieces. Many praise the fact that they can leave their rusted objects alone for a few hours or days while the Evapo-Rust does its job. The fact that there is little to no odor and it is nearly 100% safe to use wins over new and old buyers.

If it were not for the fact that you have to have the rust completely submerged in the liquid in order to get the best results, it would get the perfect rating. However, the fact that it comes in a gallon, which is more than enough to do multiple small projects or a few large ones, does make up for this downer.

Size: 1 Gallon
Type: Soak
Time: Average to Long
Effort: Easy
Ingredients: Biodegradable, Non-toxic, Non-Flammable, Safe on eyes and skin

PROS
One of the safest products out there
Has no odor
Great for automotive purposes

CONS
Must be completely submerged for optimal results
Can leave certain metals faded when soaking for long periods

 

 

VHT SP229 Rust Convertor Can

The only one on this list that comes in a can, this rust remover has a pretty unique feature. When it is applied to rust, it sprays on clear but dries black which is great for darker or metals that are already painted black. However, when it is dried it does stand out if you do not want the metal to look black.

It also prevents future rust from developing on and around the application area. A big warning to those who are sensitive to chemicals: this product is a strong irritant for the eyes, skin, and mouth. You may need to wear protective gear like gloves, goggles, and a mask when applying.

Size: 10.25 oz (1 or 6 pack)
Type: Spray Can
Time: Long
Effort: Easy to Moderate
Ingredients: Flammable, Toxic, Not safe to breathe, Not safe for skin or eyes

PROS
Is an easy spray and dry process
Available in 1 or 6 packs

CONS
Need protective gear
Only matches with black-painted or dark metal

 

 

Rust Converter ULTRA

Unlike most other rust removers, Rust Converter ULTRA is made to be able to withstand heavy weather conditions, which can be useful for anything that is being treated that will be kept outside. Despite being a paint type of rust remover, Rust Converter ULTRA can be used with a pump sprayer if you hate using paint or roller brushes.

This is one of the products that are not safe for you to use without equipment, so be prepared to break out the gloves, goggles, and masks. The plus size is that like the previous product, this one also comes in a gallon which can cover up to 500 square feet of rusty surfaces.

Size: 1 Gallon
Type: Paint
Time: Average to Long
Effort: Moderate to Difficult
Ingredients: Toxic, Not safe to inhale, Not safe for eyes or skin

PROS
Large size
Can be used with brushes or spray guns

CONS
Takes 2 days to fully dry plus application time
Need protective equipment to apply

 

 

Corroseal Water-Based Rust Converter

Probably the most popular choice out there, the Corroseal rust converter has been widely loved by many in the few years that they have been on the shelves. The treatment is water-based and water-resistant, which many boat lovers appreciate. This is also the only product on the list that comes in a size bigger than a gallon for large projects or to have some extra handy.

Size: 1 Quart, 1 Gallon, 5 Gallons
Type: Paint
Time: Average to Long
Effort: Moderate to Difficult
Ingredients: Non-flammable, Not safe for skin or eyes,

PROS
Multiple sizes available
Popular product
Works amazingly

CONS
Turns surface black
Takes extra time to apply and dry

 

 

WD-40 Specialist Rust Remover Soak

A good rust remover to just throw in a container along with whatever is covered with rust, it is hard not to hear WD-40. They have been around for many years and are one of the most used brands out there by mechanics and car buffs.

Their quality is reflected in a great rust remover like this. Just make sure to keep your eyes and skin covered since it can do damage to them just as well as it can on the rust. It has been known to stain and damage clothing as well.

Size: 1 Gallon (1 or 4 Pack)
Type: Soak
Time: Average to Long
Effort: Easy
Ingredients: Biodegradable, Not safe for eyes or skin

PROS
Popular brand
Can buy multiple gallons

CONS
Need protective gear
Can ruin clothing

 

 

Bull Frog 94236 Rust Remover Liquid Spray

A less known and popular brand, this Bull Frog rust remover is a small but surprisingly effective product. It is significantly more expensive compared to the others on this list, but it is also one of the safest.

It does work well against small amounts or thin layers of rust but is not as effective against harder and more deep-embedded rust spots. However, if you do not want to buy a gallon and do not have to treat large amounts of rust, then you might enjoy using this.

Size: 16 oz
Type: Spray
Time: Quick to Average
Effort: Easy to Difficult
Ingredients: Non-Flammable, Biodegradable, Low odor, Not safe for eyes or skin

PROS
Is environmentally friendly

CONS
More expensive
Not for deep or thick rust

 

 

Turtle Wax T280RA 12 Oz Chrome Polish & Rust Remover

Possibly the least popular one out there, it may surprise you to learn that Turtle Wax does make a rust remover. It is probably because most of the other products either remove the rust from the original surface or coats over it with a black one. This rust remover is also a chrome polish.

The reason it is probably less popular is that Turtle Wax rust remover is car treatment brand. It is unknown if it would work well on other non-automative objects. If not, you car buffs out there might enjoy this rust remover since it does what no other one does: polishes the chrome at the same time and prevents future rust.

Size: 12 oz
Type: Polish
Time: Moderate
Effort: Moderate to Difficult
Ingredients: Not safe to ingest, Not safe for eyes and skin

PROS
Popular brand
Polishes chrome

CONS
Mainly for cars
Less popular
More expensive

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