rust

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Paul Wheaton, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. Paul Wheaton

    Paul Wheaton Well-Known Member

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    If I have a rusty bit of steel, and I then I keep it indoors forever more, will it continue to decompose?
     
  2. silosounds

    silosounds Well-Known Member

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    I would think if its exposed to any kind of humidity inside or out that it would still
    rust unless you apply some kind of oil to it to stop the process.
    terry
     

  3. BCR

    BCR Well-Known Member

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    What is the bit of steel you want to preserve?

    You might simply soak the rust off with one of various products and then seal it with an oil based product. As long as there is still rust on it it will continue to rust in my experience.
     
  4. Windy in Kansas

    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

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    Yes it will continue to rust unless all rust is removed, or a product like rust converter is used to halt it. Rust, which is oxidation, holds moisture which leads to more oxidation.

    As stated a coating of oil will stop rust. A friend of mine uses polyurethane to prevent rust on a number of things such as woodworking tools.