How to Prevent Rust Without Paint, Oil or Grease: Try VCI for Dry Rust Prevention That Works

Rust has plagued manufacturers, distributors, engineers and fabricators for hundreds of years. This pesky substance breaks down all types of iron-based metals, and often seems impossible to prevent. Rust-preventing paints, oils or greases are common methods used to keep metals from rusting, but they’re not the only methods. Let’s take a look at how to prevent rust without the mess and hassle of paint, oil or grease, using a dry rust prevention method called VCI instead.

How to Prevent Rust Without Paint, Oil or Grease: Try VCI for Dry Rust Prevention That Works

Corrosion and rusting are two chemical processes that result in the breakdown and disintegration of materials, the most common of which is metal. Both are the result of a metal’s exposure to factors such as water, moisture and air. Corrosion is a term that references the gradual degradation of metal due to a chemical reaction with its environment. While rusting, on the other hand, is defined as a specific type of corrosion – one that occurs with iron-based (or sometimes referred to as ferrous) metals. More important than the semantics of these terms is the damage to metal and metal parts that they can leave behind.

But all is not lost, there are effective ways to keep metal and metal parts rust free. One way to prevent rust on ferrous metals is to cover the surface with a coating such as paint, oil or grease, to prevent moisture and air from making direct contact with the metal. However, coating metal parts is “messy business” – it is labor intensive and time-consuming to apply and to remove, and it isn’t always a feasible way to prevent rust. Sometimes items just can’t be painted. The good news? There is another way to prevent rust. The even better news? It is a clean, safe, easy-to-apply and dry rust preventative – what more could you ask for? The method behind it is VCI, or Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor.

Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor

Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors (sometimes referred to as Volatile Corrosion Inhibitors) or VCI for short, top the list as one of the best dry rust prevention methods. VCI is a class of chemical compounds that emit rust-inhibiting vapors into an enclosed air space. VCI is combined with resources like Kraft paper or polyethylene film to create packaging materials with the added benefit of rust prevention such as VCI WRAP or VCI POLY film.

How does VCI Work?

VCI protects metal in ways that paint, oil and grease can’t – instead of providing a physical barrier, VCI works on a molecular level to prevent rust. To protect metal parts, simply wrap or enclose them in VCI paper or film. VCI vapors will be released from the packaging material and they will form a clean, dry, ultra-thin and ultra-strong layer of protection on the surface of metal that is only a few molecules thick. This VCI shield of protection keeps dirt, water, moisture and corrosion-causing contaminants away from metal.

When VCI is used properly, it provides reliable, high-quality protection against rust without the need for messy paints, oils or grease. In addition, VCI is nearly undetectable; it does not change the look, weight or feel of metal parts; it does not compromise metal surface coatings or treatments; and it leaves metal parts ready for immediate use without cleaning or degreasing.

It is hard to ignore the benefits of dry rust prevention using VCI paper or poly film. It is cost effective; easy to apply; eliminates the mess and labor of paint, oil or grease that is required to apply; does not require removal; and it can provide years of protection. Wash your hands of the mess and work of using paint, oil or grease to prevent rust, VCI rust-prevention products are the clean, safe and dry alternative.

ARMOR SEA Film™ is “Tough Stuff” Rust Prevention

ARMOR SEA FILM Solutions

There’s no sugar-coating here, instead we get straight to the point in this video on ARMOR SEA Film™.  In just 3 minutes we explain how traditional rust prevention methods aren’t tough enough to withstand harsh, outdoor conditions, while ARMOR SEA Film is made to do just that – because this film is “tough stuff.”

It’s the unique, advanced construction process used to manufacture SEA Film that is the secret sauce behind this rust-preventing VCI paper.  We combine the strongest characteristics of three films into one to offer a heavy-duty barrier against the elements; a UV light inhibitor to combat the damage of ultra violet light; and ARMOR’s proprietary VCI Nanotechnology™ to keep the surface of metal rust-free.

Click the video link below and let us show you how to outsmart Mother Nature to keep your metal parts rust-free during outdoor storage using ARMOR SEA Film.

For more information on Armor Protective Packaging and its full line of packaging products, visit the ARMOR website or contact your ARMOR sales representative.

ARMOR SEA FILM™: Extreme Protection for Extreme Conditions

ARMOR SEA Film

If you manufacture metal parts that will be exposed to the elements during outdoor storage or overseas transport, rust and corrosion are a very real threat.  ARMOR VCI SEA Film™ is formulated to withstand Mother Nature’s most threatening outdoor conditions while protecting metal and metal parts from the damaging effects of rust and corrosion that could form as a result.

If you’re wondering how SEA Film is able to keep metal parts rust-free in extreme conditions when other VCI films can’t, we’ll let you in on the secret – three-layer construction.  We combine the strongest characteristics of three different films to manufacture this holy grail of rust-preventing VCI film and we aren’t shy about touting that ARMOR SEA Film is even more amazing when you consider that it gives high performance without high cost.

ARMOR SEA FILM Benefits

3-LAYER DESIGN=TRIPLE-STRENGTH PROTECTION

OUTSIDE LAYER:  manufactured in white exterior to reflect sunlight and contains an Ultra Violet (UV) light inhibitor to stabilize film from breaking down due to extended UV exposure and its damaging heat.

CENTER LAYER:  provides a heavy-duty physical barrier that protects metal/metal parts from moisture, contaminates and the harshest of outdoor conditions.

INSIDE LAYER:  strategically places ARMOR’s rust-preventing VCI Nanotechnology™ (a.k.a., our “secret recipe” for vapor corrosion inhibitor) closest to metal/metal parts to maximize protection.

The value of SEA Film’s unique multi-layer construction extends beyond its effectiveness in preventing rust, it offers opportunity for cost savings as well. Not only does SEA Film provide an ultra-strong physical barrier, it’s engineered to keep ARMOR’s rust-preventing VCI Nanotechnology™ (a.k.a., our “secret recipe” for vapor corrosion inhibitor) in the inner layer.  Positioning VCI close to metal parts, where it is needed most, often means that the film can be down-gauged to reduce cost without compromising performance.

If you’re looking for a VCI film that will protect metal parts even in extreme outdoor storage or shipping conditions; a film that offers quality, effectiveness and aggressive pricing; ARMOR SEA Film is the whole enchilada!

ARMOR SEA FILM QUICK FACTS

  • EASY-TO-USE:  rust prevention and containment/barrier
  • SAFE:  rust prevention free of oils, solvents and other harsh chemicals
  • ECONOMICAL:  reduced gauge = reduced cost
  • SUPERIOR PROTECTION:  made to withstand harsh outdoor environments
  • HEAVY DUTY:  three-layer construction for strength, barrier protection, UV-resistance
  • STRATEGIC VCI PLACEMENT:  VCI on inside — closest to metal parts
  • UV RESISTANT:  contains UV light inhibitor and white exterior to reflect sunlight
  • MULTI-METAL COMPATIBLE:  protects ferrous and non-ferrous metals
  • SEVERAL OPTIONS:  available in sheeting, bags or rolls

For additional information on ARMOR SEA Film, take a look at the ARMOR SOLUTIONS feature and the video on SEA Film, or request a sample by visiting the ARMOR website or contact your ARMOR sales representative.

What’s New: ARMOR is a Proud Vendor of B’laster Hand Sanitizer

ARMOR Employee with Hand Sanitizer

ARMOR wants to lend a hand; As Armor Protective Packaging® continues to work in partnership with the B’laster Corporation, the old saying “One Hand Washes the Other” has a whole new meaning! ARMOR is now a proud vendor of B’laster Hand Sanitizer! Available in a convenient 8.5 oz. pump spray top, B’laster Hand Sanitizer helps make the job of reducing bacteria in the workplace clean, safe and easy.

Order now! Inventory of B’laster Hand Sanitizer is now in-stock and ready-to-ship! Due to high demand, quantities may be limited. ARMOR is offering B’laster Hand Sanitizer for purchase in pallets each contains 140 cases/1680 bottles.

To get your hands on a case or a pallet, contact us at: Orders@armorvci.com

How to Prevent Rust During Work Stoppage

Prevent Shutdown Rust

With production stopped in many plants across the nation and around the world, it’s crucial to plan accordingly to protect your metal parts from rust. Preventing rust during work stoppage will make it easier to return to work and continue operations when possible. There are several ways to prevent rust during work stoppage, and exercising this preventative maintenance step will protect your parts in the future.

How to Prevent Rust During Work Stoppage

Rust occurs whenever metal is exposed to moisture and oxygen. This also includes humidity in the air. The only way to prevent rust is to prevent metal from coming into contact with moisture and oxygen, though this can be a challenge. ARMOR Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor (VCI) makes it easy.

ARMOR VCI products provide a shield against rust by preventing air and moisture from contacting the metal surface. There are several types of ARMOR VCI, so you can easily protect products of all types. ARMOR VCI is mess-free, oil free, safe, environmentally-friendly and easy to use for all types of metal components. There’s no need for messy grease or oil, or hazardous rust-removal products. With a single sheet of paper or film, you can effortlessly prevent rust during work stoppage at your manufacturing plant, warehouse, or other facility.

Worker placing part inside container with ARMOR POLY

VCI Film

VCI film creates a protective shield around metal by combining low-density polyethylene film with vapor corrosion inhibitor technology. Available in rolls, sheets, bags or tubing, VCI film is highly versatile and easy to use for small and large components. With six different types, including VCI film for outdoor use, use in harsh indoor environments, and VCI film that stretches, you can easily protect all types of metal components from rust.

Worker placing part inside ARMOR WRAP paper

VCI Paper

VCI paper combines Kraft paper with VCI technology to make a lightweight, rust-preventative paper. Simply wrap metal parts in VCI paper and the VCI ions will fill the space, creating a protective shield around the part. These ions repel moisture and prevent rust from forming, without creating any grease or residue on the part itself.

ARMOR SHIELD CF33 Emitter placed on top of parts

VCI Emitters

VCI emitters work similarly to VCI paper by producing VCI ions that displace and repel moisture. VCI emitters give off rust-preventing ions from polyether foam or chipboard hosting the VCI protective technology. By simply placing the VCI emitter into an enclosed space, such as a sealed box, crate, or bag, the VCI ions will displace moisture and prevent rust from forming on any metal parts in the enclosed space.

Worker spraying Dry Coat Rust Preventative on gear

Dry Coat Rust Preventative Spray

In most cases, ARMOR VCI rust prevention solutions will effectively stop rust on your parts or equipment. However, VCI film, paper, or emitters won’t work suit your needs, we also provide a rust prevention liquid: Dry Coat. This is not like using oil or grease. Dry Coat is sprayable, easy to apply, and dries fast, within 30 minutes, leaving no mess behind. Our water-based solution is also safe and environmentally friendly, so there are no risks to your facility or workers.

With over 140 rust prevention and rust removal products that are a part of our Stock & Ready program in which our products are in-stock and ready-to-ship, we make it easy to prevent rust during work stoppage, or get back going again if rust hits. Use these rust-preventing products to keep your parts and components safe and secure during shut-down, so you can get started again with ease.

Prevent Rust During Any Shutdown

Our free guide will help your metal remain rust free!

Prevent Work Stoppage Rust PDFWith production stopped, it’s crucial to plan accordingly to protect your metal parts from rust. When it comes to rust prevention for more than 40 years Armor Protective Packaging® has offered a full line of rust prevention and rust removal products that a re clean, safe, easy to use, and extremely effective at preventing rust on your metal parts during a work stoppage.