Rust is cancer for metals. It gradually spreads and eats the material away. Hence, it is essential to protect your cars, metal doors, window frames, and other metal-made equipment from the risk of corrosion. To help you with this objective, below are the three rust control methods you should know.
If you can prevent rust from the get go, do it. According to corrosion control specialists like Euro-Blast NZ Ltd, some of the common materials in construction, like steel, are prone to rust. So if you can, pick a material that is inherently resistant to corrosion, such as stainless steel, copper and platinum.
Coatings and Linings
For materials that are not innately resistant to rust, coatings and linings are their best defence. If you are purchasing a steel or metal product, make sure that it has the appropriate protective coating and lining. In addition, include re-coating and re-lining in the maintenance plan of your metal-made equipment to ensure long-lasting protection from rust.
When combined with a technology called cathodic protection, the defensive qualities of coatings and linings become stronger. Cathodic protection involves using a direct electrical current to convert anodic sites of the metal surface to cathodic or passive sites. The anodic sites have properties that are prone to corrosion. So with a new product or structure, the cathodic protection technology lowers the risk of rust formation. In a structure that has existing rust, this technology can help stop the corrosion from spreading further.
If not addressed immediately, rust can end the life of a metal-made product. So if you want your metal structures and products to last longer, make sure that you know these three corrosion control methods. Like cancer or any fatal illnesses in humans, it is better to prevent rust than to cure it.