Let’s examine a method for rusting steel, which involves cleaning the steel with a degreaser, removing millscale by soaking or spraying with muriatic acid, and then rinsing the steel with clean water. The steel is then wet down with chlorine bleach, sprinkled lightly with salt, and allowed to dry before spraying a mixture of fresh hydrogen peroxide and muriatic acid.
The piece is then rinsed with clean water, and the rust is allowed to set in for a few days. The piece is then neutralized with baking soda, wiped with paint thinner, and heated with a torch to drive out any water in the metal.
The steel can then be left outside to continue to rust, waxed while hot, or painted once the metal has cooled down. The use of hydrogen peroxide is also discussed as a finish for steel, which involves cleaning the metal completely, warming it up, and spraying it with hydrogen peroxide until the desired coloration is achieved.
Now, by examining the issue of rust on metal tools and how to prevent and treat it a lot of interesting facts are apparent. Rust is a chemical reaction between metal and oxygen, and it can be accelerated by factors such as water, heat, and dissimilar metals. Various commercial rust prevention products, including WD-40, are highly suggested. It seems that some products, such as Boeshield T9, are better than others. The author also provides several do-it-yourself methods for rust prevention, such as using automobile paste wax or creating a rust protection coating by mixing Anhydrous Lanolin with Paint Thinner.