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  1. The Best Way to Refinish a Rusty Truck Frame If you have a rusty car or truck frame that you want to refinish and restore, you might be wondering what is the best way to go about doing the restoration. Customers contact us all day long with just that question. RustSeal or KBS Rust Converter? They wonder what the difference is between the RustSeal or KBS Rust Converter and which option would be the best way to refinish a rusty truck frame. What is RustSeal? RustSeal is a rust preventive coating with a finish quality that is smooth and looks a lot like a ceramic coating. RustSeal is extremely hard and durable yet is flexible to avoid chips, scratches, cracks, and peeling. RustSeal is available in many color options. RustSeal is an incredible permanent solution for rust prevention. How Does RustSeal Work? Exposed metal + moisture + oxygen = rust. RustSeal works by separating metal from moisture and oxygen. RustSeal can be applied to bare, rust-free metal or be applied directly to treated rust to encapsulate and stop rust. RustSeal is a coating that is made to grab onto the metal and stay put to form a permanent and non-porous barrier against moisture and oxygen. This strong adhesion combined with RustSeal’s flexibility allows RustSeal to take severe impacts without chipping and cracking, which preserves the barrier against moisture and oxygen. These qualities make RustSeal a great coating to refinish a rusty truck frame that might see hard off-road use. How Do You Apply RustSeal? Proper preparation is the key to getting the best adhesion of RustSeal when refinishing a rusty truck frame. KBS Coatings has put together an all-inclusive, three-step system to clean, prep, and seal the metal for the best results. Step 1: KBS Klean After removing loose, flaky rust with sandpaper, scotch brite pad, or a wire wheel, the next step in refinishing a rusty truck frame is to use KBS Klean to clean the surface. KBS Klean is mixed with warm water and the surface is washed down with the KBS Klean solution. Using a scrub pad or bristle brush gives the best results. When finished the cleaner is rinsed off with water. KBS Klean is a powerful, concentrated cleaner that works great to remove dirt, grease, and grime. Details for using KBS Klean can be found HERE. Step 2: RustBlast Next RustBlast is used to neutralize any remaining rust, and to provide the best adhesion for RustSeal, RustBlast etches the surface and leaves a dusting of zinc phosphate. RustBlast is sprayed directly on room temperature or above metal and kept wet for at least 30 minutes, or longer depending on the extent of existing rust. During this time the surface can be scrubbed with a scrub pad. Keep in mind when refinishing a rusty truck frame that RustSeal can encapsulate treated rust, so it’s not necessary to remove every bit of rust. When done, the metal is rinsed with water and thoroughly dried. Details for using RustBlast can be found HERE. Step 3: RustSeal Now that metal is prepped it is time for RustSeal. Keep in mind, RustSeal can be brushed or rolled on, as well as be applied with simple spray equipment. Whatever the method of application, it is important to apply RustSeal in thin covering coats allowing approximately 2-6 hours dry time between each. This is so RustSeal cures properly. RustSeal is moisture cured, meaning moisture in the air helps it cure. The higher the humidity, the quicker it cures. Detail Directions for using RustSeal can be found HERE. What is Rust Converter? KBS Rust Converter is a convenient aerosol spray compromised of tannic acid that transforms iron oxide (rust) into a bluish-black ferric tannate inert primer layer that is resistant to moisture. KBS Rust Converter kills existing rust and stops new rust from forming. How Do You Apply Rust Converter? KBS Rust Converter is designed for use on rust, but not on non-rusty surfaces or surfaces where there is a mix of rusty areas and non-rusty areas. Surface Preparation for Rust Converter Remove as much loose flaky rust as possible with a wire wheel or sandpaper. If needed, wash the surface with KBS Klean mixed with warm water and the surface is washed down with solution. Using a scrub pad or bristle brush gives the best results. Rinse the surface with water and dry thoroughly. Rust Converter Application Spray KBS Rust Converter with steady even strokes 8 to 12 inches from the surface. A chemical reaction will cause the rust to turn black. KBS Rust Converter will be dry to the touch in about 10 minutes, and a full cure takes place in about 24 hours. Thick coats may take a little longer. If a second coat needs to be applied, wait 24 hours for the first coat to dry. Details for using KBS Rust Converter can be found HERE. Top Coating Rust Converter While KBS Rust Converter can stand alone, KBS Rust Converter also acts as an excellent primer for oil, acrylic, and epoxy-based paints. If our customer chose to use KBS Rust Converter to refinish their rusted truck frame, they can top coat KBS Rust Converter with something like BlackTop for a better appearance. What’s BlackTop? BlackTop is a single stage, high performance, moisture cured, one-part UV stable coating with a beautiful black finish. BlackTop is a high-performance protective coating that is ideal for top coating surfaces previously sealed with any paint or primer system. Also, BlackTop can also be applied directly to bare metal without need for primer. Surface Prep for BlackTop If KBS Rust Converter is fully cured and hasn’t collected any dirt or dust, BlackTop can be applied directly to the KBS Rust Converter without any preparation. If there is dirt, grease, or grime on the KBS Rust Converter, wash the surface with KBS Klean mixed with warm water. If KBS Klean was used, rinse the surface with water and dry thoroughly. BlackTop Application BlackTop can be applied with a brush, roller, or simple spray equipment. Apply 1-2 thin coats. Re-coating can be done once the previous coat of BlackTop is dry-to-touch and does not leave a fingerprint and prior to 24 hours. If you go more than 24 hours, it is best to lightly scuff the previous cured coat of BlackTop with 320 grit or a green scotch-brite pad. Full cure for BlackTop is 48 hours. Details for using BlackTop can be found HERE. What’s Better: Rust Converter or RustSeal? Benefits of Using KBS Rust Converter When Refinishing a Rusty Truck Frame Saves labor time since preparation is minimal and application is quick. Transforms rust into a hard and paint-able primer layer. Stops rust. Convenience of Aerosol. (That said, RustSeal can be reduced and sprayed with the Preval Sprayer Kit.) Benefits of Using RustSeal When Refinishing a Rusty Truck Frame Longer lasting permanent protection than Rust Converter. Designed to last the life of the vehicle. Extremely durable, flexible, and keeps metal sealed. Encapsulates and permanently stops rust. Works on lightly rusted and non-rusty bare surfaces. Can be used for preemptive rust protection. Beautiful smooth finish as compared to Rust Converter’s coarse surface texture. Looks like powder-coating but with ultimate durability and flexibility unlike powder-coating. So, what is the Best Option for Refinishing a Rusty Truck Frame? For the ultimate longest lasting rust protection, we always recommend RustSeal and first preparing the surface with KBS Klean and RustBlast. KBS Rust Converter is good for use on completely rusted surfaces and will stop the existing rust, but RustSeal will provide the longest lasting protection when refinishing a rusty truck frame.
  2. Snowplows receive a lot of hard use during a busy season and wear and tear can take their toll. Maintaining a snowplow is much less expensive than replacing it or making significant repairs. So, it’s important to take time to inspect and service the mechanical parts of your plow as well as refinish rusty components. General Snowplow Maintenance Check to be sure all fasteners are properly tightened. Inspect electrical connections to be sure they’re not loose or corroded. Be sure all the moving contact points are properly greased. The plows cutting edge must be in proper condition to cut through snow, as well as it needs to be able to protect the moldboard. If a cutting edge is worn down to four inches or less, it’s typically ready for replacement. If your snowplow has plow shoes check to be sure they can keep your blade off the ground. If they can’t, be sure to replace them. Inspect the plow and vehicle mounts for cracks. Keep Rust from Forming on the Snowplow Blade The best way to avoid rust damage is to keep rust from forming in the first place. After use, especially after being in contact with salt, wash the snowplow blade, frame and other components to remove dirt and corrosives. Steps to Refinish a Rusty Snowplow If you find the moldboard, frame or attachment components have been scratched down to bare metal, you can be sure rust will begin to form. Spot damage repairs, as well as complete piece refinishing can be done with RustSeal. RustSeal is a very hard and durable coating that stops rust. It can handle the rigors of snowplow duty and is able to be brushed, rolled, or sprayed on. The coating flows out well, so if it’s brushed or rolled on it won’t leave brush marks. BlackTop is a UV stable (does not chalk or fade in sunlight) topcoat that goes over RustSeal well and is ideal for the moldboard, frame or attachment components. BlackTop comes in Gloss, OEM Satin Black, or Flat allowing you to pick your desired sheen. The first step to refinish a rusty snowplow is thoroughly cleaning the area to be painted of any dirt, grease, salt, or other contaminants that could interfere with the adhesion of RustSeal. KBS Klean is recommended. KBS Klean is a powerful, water-based, and biodegradable cleaner. Next, remove any loose, scaling rust with sandpaper or a wire brush or wheel. If the paint or coating is loose and peeling or bubbling it will need to be removed before painting as the bond of RustSeal is only as strong as the surface to that which it’s adhered. If you are going to be applying RustSeal on top of an existing paint or coating, you’ll first need to scuff it, so RustSeal has a surface to bite to. This can be done with 320 grit sandpaper. Sand just enough so that the surface has a dulled appearance. If it’s shiny the RustSeal won’t adhere as well as it could. Wash the surface again with KBS Klean to be sure all debris and residues are removed. Next use RustBlast to prepare the metal for RustSeal. RustBlast is a powerful rust remover, zinc phosphate pre-primer, and metal etch that treats the metal to provide a surface to which RustSeal can strongly bond. Next, apply RustSeal to the treated area. For this application it’s recommended to apply a minimum of 3 thin covering coats. Detailed information on use of KBS Klean, RustBlast, and RustSeal can be found HERE. Lastly, finish off the snow plow with KBS MAXX which comes in plenty of colors and can be brushed or rolled to give an incredibly durable finish that will not chalk or fade. KBS MAXX is the ideal snow plow paint because of its brillance and long term durability. Maintaining a snowplow is much less expensive than replacing it or making significant repairs. It’s important to take time to inspect and service the mechanical parts of your plow and refinish a rusty snowplow as necessary.
  3. How to Stop Rust and Prevent Rust Rust can quickly damage metal if not stopped right away. It has ruined countless automobiles over the years. Back in the day, I experienced the rusty death of my 1973 Camaro due to road salt. That was a hard lesson and made me realize rust is the enemy. It damages so many things made of ferrous metal like fasteners, wrought iron fences, storage tanks, and construction equipment just to name a few. But the enemy can be defeated. Let’s talk about how to stop rust. Stop Rust from Forming The best way to stop rust is to keep it from developing in the first place. That means keeping the metal separated from air, moisture, and corrosives like the previously mentioned evil road salt. With a little attention rust can often be avoided. Keep the metal coated with paint, oil, or rust preventative coatings that will keep air, moisture, and corrosives from reaching it. Keep surfaces clean. Wash off dirt, debris, road salt, and other contaminants. Be sure moisture holding debris is removed from where it can build up like nooks, recesses, and inside rocker panels. Be sure drain holes, designed to keep water from collecting in cavities and recesses, are not plugged. Touch up chips and scratches in the paint or protective coating right away before rust can take hold. Can You Stop Rust Once It Starts? A common question is “will rust stop if kept dry?”. In real world conditions keeping metal dry will slow down rust, but it won’t completely stop it. Think of those old, abandoned cars sitting exposed in the desert. They’re bone dry most all the time, but they do rust albeit very slowly. As previously mentioned, rust forms due to a chemical reaction between metal, oxygen, and water. Unless ALL water vapor in the air is removed, there will still be moisture to react with oxygen and the metal, causing rust. “Can you stop rust from spreading?” Once rust sets in it can be hard to stop. There are stopgap measures to slow it down a bit, like spraying on a rust penetrant like WD-40 to dissolve the rust down to bare metal. But it needs to be resprayed often to prevent further rust, as it can quickly wear off leaving the metal exposed to further rusting. Immediately and properly using touch-up paint to fix chips and scratches which have begun to rust is important to keep it from spreading. Since rust starts forming as soon as metal is exposed, care must be taken to ensure any rust within the chip or scratch is removed before using touch-up paint. For the most effective results the repair should be made as soon as the damage is noticed. The traditional way to stop rust on metal that has not been weakened or perforated is to sand, sandblast, or use rust remover to eliminate rust down to bare metal, and then follow up with an application of primer and top coat. However, there are those who seek other options to stop rust without sanding and refinishing, as it can be a labor intensive and skill intensive process especially if the area to be repaired is large. A measure to stop rust once it has started, without sanding and refinishing the metal, is to use rust converter which is a chemical solution that can be directly applied to the rusted metal surface. KBS Rust Converter is formulated with phosphoric acid to convert rust into a ferric phosphate inert layer. Tannic acid in the converter then produces a protective bluish-black ferric tannate inert primer layer. The result is a tough coating that prevents further rusting. It can stand alone to protect against exterior weather conditions or be painted over for a better appearance. Another simple way to stop rust while also getting an excellent finish is to use the KBS 3-Step Rust Prevention System. A major benefit is that rust does not have to be completely eliminated for the system to completely stop further rusting. The 3-Step System includes KBS Klean to thoroughly remove dirt, grease, grime, and other contaminants. Only loose, flaky rust needs to be removed before washing with KBS Klean. Removal can be done with sandpaper or a wire wheel or brush. Next the surface is scrubbed down with RustBlast which effectively dissolves rust and corrosion from most metal surfaces. RustBlast also etches the metal for best adhesion of RustSeal rust preventative coating, which is the third step. It should also be noted RustBlast leaves a zinc phosphate coating that stops new rust from forming for up to 7 days, depending on environmental conditions. So, within that time period flash rusting won’t happen and the surface remains properly prepared for RustSeal. RustSeal is impervious to road salts and most every chemical. It flows out to a beautiful, smooth, rock-hard, and tough ceramic-like coating that is hard to chip or scratch and will not crack or peel. What stops rust is that RustSeal seals the metal from moisture and oxygen, and without those present metal can’t rust. How you choose to stop rust depends on how effectively you want to stop the rust in the long-term, the amount of labor you want to put into the project, and the quality of the final finish you want to achieve. The KBS 3-Step Rust Prevention System stops rust, is easy to use, and provides a beautiful final finish.
  4. RustSeal - Showing the Insane Durability and Flexibility of this Rust Preventive Paint This video shows the durability and flexibility of RustSeal by KBS Coatings. RustSeal is a superior single part, ready-to-use, rust preventive coating. RustSeal is impervious to road salts and most every chemical. RustSeal flows out to a beautiful, rock-hard, tough ceramic-like coating that is tough to chip or scratch, and will not crack or peel. Get some RustSeal for your project today and take your rust prevention to the next level!
  5. How To Attach The Cavity Wand to KBS Cavity Coater Aerosol In this video from KBS Coatings, we show you how to properly attach the easy-to-use Cavity Wand to the Cavity Coater Aerosol Can. The keys to your success are to shake the Cavity Coater Aerosol well before use, gently push straight down the spray tip while giving a slight twist, and applying when it is between 65-80F for ideal results. Cavity Coater Aerosol sprays the best when the Cavity Coater Aerosol is between 65-80F. Cavity Coater is the Perfect Solution for hard-to-reach areas that are prone to rusting! Cavity Coater is a single step, super-penetrating corrosion inhibiting coating (CIC) designed for long term protection on all metal surfaces. KBS Cavity Coater provides a self-healing film which provides insane rust protection on hard to reach areas.
  6. Rust Prevention Products Used To Stop and Prevent Rust on Car Surfaces In the video, Stacey David shows how easy it is to prep and coat surfaces of your car or vehicle to stop rust and prevent rust from destroying the metal surfaces. The rust prevention system from KBS Coatings, that features KBS Klean, RustBlast, and RustSeal, is used to stop rust and prevent rust on all of these surfaces and more: suspension mounts, strut towers, control arms, Shocks and struts, sway bars, backend exhaust, exhaust pipes, catalytic converters, mufflers, rocker panels, floor boards, trunk floors, front fenders, rear fenders, doors, battery compartment, engine compartments, and engine bays. RustSeal is a superior one part, completely non-porous, ready-to-use, high-solid content, rust preventive coating, that is actually strengthened by exposure to moisture. It is impervious to road salts and most every chemical. RustSeal flows out to a beautiful, rock-hard, tough coating that is tough to chip or scratch. These exceptional properties make RustSeal specifically formulated to prevent corrosion and stop rust. RustSeal completely seals metal surfaces, blocking all the pores and preventing penetration of moisture, oxygen, and water vapor. Unlike other corrosion treatments, RustSeal is an enhancement and investment that lasts. Water and air are locked out, therefore oxidation, the precursor to rust, cannot take hold on the metal surfaces of your vehicle.
  7. Marine Paint Needs to Have Toughness, Flexibility, and Durability Marine environments can wreak havoc on metal and the paints they are finished with. Things like boat trailers, decks, hulls, masts, and storage lockers are susceptible to the moist and often salty conditions. Wear and tear can damage paint, exposing metal, and soon rust sets in. Without stopping rust, it causes damage that can be costly to repair or require replacement of the rusted part. To avoid damage the metal needs to be refinished immediately with marine paint. However, rust usually sets in before the job can be completed. So, what is the best way to refinish metal that is rusted? What needs to be considered when choosing a rustproof paint for marine use? Marine paint needs to separate air and moisture from the metal to avoid oxidation, the precursor to rust. To keep air and moisture away from metal the paint must bond strongly and be hard to avoid damage from wear and tear. Flexibility is another important quality marine paint needs to address. Flexibility allows the paint to remain bonded to the metal if it is dented, as well as when the metal expands and contracts. Durability is critical also to reduce the frequency of the metal needing to be refinished. UV stability is a primary concern as the paint will most likely have high exposure to the sun. To maintain an impenetrable barrier that will seal the metal away from air and moisture, marine paint ultimately must have toughness, flexibility and durability to remain uncompromised by dings and dents to the metal, as well as the elements. KBS Coatings RustSeal performs well as a marine paint as it has the necessary toughness, flexibility and durability needed to maintain an air and moisture proof seal with the metal. RustSeal is a single part, moisture cured rust preventive coating. The formulation of the paint makes it non-porous and impervious to air, water, sea salt and chemicals. RustSeal is for use above or below the waterline and will protect metal that is underwater or exposed to constant high humidity. KBS Coatings Advanced Cross-Linked Coatings Technology makes RustSeal both highly-durable and flexible. Its hardness helps to avoid damage from wear and tear, while its flexibility allows it to remain bonded to metal during expansion and contraction, or if it is dented. RustSeal won’t crack, flake or peel in marine environments. Check out this video demonstrating RustSeal's durability and flexibility. RustSeal is user-friendly and can be brushed on, rolled on, or sprayed on. It flows out well and is self-leveling to provide a beautiful, smooth finish without brush marks. The paint is available in at least 10 colors. To achieve the best bond of RustSeal to metal, the surface needs to be properly prepared. Corrosion and organic contaminants need to be removed so that RustSeal can deeply penetrate and permanently adhere. This includes removing dirt, oil, grease and other contaminants. The surface also needs to have a texture, or etch, that allows the RustSeal to take hold. This preparation can be achieved by sand blasting. However, blasting with plastic, bead or soda media will not provide the amount of abrasion needed for direct RustSeal application. If the metal is not being sandblasted, KBS offers KBS Klean and RustBlast for proper surface preparation. KBS Klean is a concentrated, water-based, biodegradable, and non-flammable formula that cleans the surface by removing dirt, grime, oils, lubricants, grease, waxes, scum, algae, and other contaminants. KBS Klean is applied after using 320 grit sandpaper, or a wire brush or wheel to remove any loose flakey rust. After the KBS Klean procedure is complete, it is time for RustBlast. RustBlast is a powerful rust remover, zinc phosphate pre-primer, and metal etch. RustBlast dissolves rust, corrosion, metal oxides, and tarnish from most metal surfaces. Prior use of KBS Klean is important as the cleaner the surface is, the more effective RustBlast will be. RustBlast ultimately allows RustSeal to penetrate more deeply into pores in the metal to permanently seal and protect the surface. RustSeal is not intended for use as a final marine paint finish as long-term exposure to direct UV light will cause fading of the color and sheen. RustSeal’s guaranteed rust protective properties, however, will not degrade. To protect against unwanted cosmetic changes, RustSeal can be top coated with any opaque (solid color) paint system. A popular choice is KBS Coatings Top Coater, which is included in the KBS All-In-One Kit. This user-friendly all-inclusive kit consists of KBS Klean, RustBlast, RustSeal, Top Coater and KBS #1 Thinner. KBS Top Coater is a single part, high solids paint that does not run or sag, and gives at least twice the coverage of conventional single part marine paint. Like RustSeal, KBS Top Coater can be brushed, rolled or sprayed on. Its self-leveling properties allow it flow out well, not show brush marks and provide professional looking results. KBS Top Coater is available in at least 16 colors. Marine environments can wreak havoc on metal and the marine paint it is finished with. KBS Coatings provides a solution to avoid rust with a tough, long lasting and durable barrier, while providing a beautiful and professional appearing finish. For more information on the KBS Coatings All-In-One Kit click HERE.
  8. Cavity Wax Provides Rust Protection in Hard-to-Reach Areas Cavity wax is an excellent solution for providing rust protection in hard-to-reach areas. Rust develops when steel or iron is exposed to exposed to moisture and oxygen. To avoid rust it is necessary to seal the metal from these elements. While many areas of a car or truck can be easily reached to apply a rustproof paint or coating, other places are often difficult to reach, leaving the metal bare and exposed. Examples of these areas are inside frame rails, rocker panels, fenders, doors, tailgates, windshield cowls, and posts. Cavity wax can be used to provide a barrier against salt, dirt, and moisture in these areas as well as seal the welds and seams that rustproof paint or coating can’t reach. Cavity wax, also called rustproof wax, is a solvent-based water repellant wax that doesn’t completely harden but remains soft and pliable and therefore doesn’t crack, chip or peel. As well, it is self-healing if scratched. Because of its nature, cavity wax wicks into welds and seams. Cavity wax is often used when restoring vehicles and is important to use in body areas that have been repaired after an accident. Cavity wax is applied by spraying and is available in aerosol can versions as well as in paint cans for use in compressor driven wax spraying equipment like an auto body Schutz applicator type gun. The surface is coated with about a millimeter of cavity wax for proper coverage. In some cases where the wax cannot reach the area to be protected by the nozzle of the spray gun or aerosol can a piece of flexible hose, commonly called a spray wand, can be attached and to reach the cavities. The hose can be fed or snaked around corners and into areas that were previously out of reach. Spray wand inserted into cavity A cone-shaped nozzle disburses a stream of cavity wax perpendicular to the hose to help fully coat the cavity. Spraying while pulling the wand from the cavity at a rate of about two inches per second works best. Also, as the extension cavity wax wand is pulled from a cavity, individuals using the spray-gun should release the spray-gun trigger to avoid overspray. Close Up of spray wand tip Before the wax is applied the surface should be as free as possible of grease, wax, and readily accessible loose scaly rust. When applying inside cavities, make sure that all drain holes remain open. Cavity wax should not be applied to exhaust systems as it will produce smoke and can be flammable. It’s important to know that any grinding, cutting, or heating with a torch can cause the cavity wax to run. Any work which raises a part’s temperature above 160°F should be done before cavity wax is applied. KBS Coatings offers Cavity Coater as a solution for providing rust protection in hard-to-reach areas. Cavity Coater is a single step, super-penetrating corrosion inhibiting coating (CIC) designed for long term protection of all metal surfaces. It provides a self-healing cavity wax film tested to render more than four thousand hours of salt spray protection; over 4 times the protection of conventional cavity waxes. Cavity Coater resists road salt, alkaline solutions, and chemicals and for especially hard to-reach-areas the Cavity Wand is offered to extend the reach of aerosol Cavity Coater with a reusable 48” hose that features a 360-degree spray tip. The Cavity Wand requires only a 1/8” hole to insert and is easily cleaned. Cavity Coater is available in quart, gallon, and aerosol versions. Cavity wax is an excellent solution for providing rust protection in hard-to-reach areas and is perfect for brand new and older vehicles. KBS Coatings Cavity Coater product information is available HERE. Videos demonstrating use of Cavity Coater and the Cavity Wand can be seen HERE.
  9. Rust Converter versus Removing Rust and Sealing Metal – Which Protects Metal Longest? Most everyone knows that once metal starts to rust it will continue to rust until the metal is completely eaten away. So, it’s important to stop rust as soon as it’s discovered. Here we will discuss two methods used to stop rust. The first is using rust converter to convert the rust to an inert primed layer that can stand alone or be painted over. The second is to completely remove the rust from the metal, and then apply a rust preventive paint or coating to protect the metal. Both techniques will stop rust and seal the metal from moisture and oxygen to keep it from rusting in the future. However, results will vary when it comes to how long the metal can be kept free from future rust and what the quality and appearance of the finish will be. Method – Using Rust Converter Rust converter will stop rust, however the finish quality is rough Rust converter, also known as rust reformer, is a chemical solution or primer that can be directly applied to the metal surface to convert iron oxide (rust) to a protective chemical barrier that is resistant to moisture and protects the surface from further corrosion. Rust converter is comprised of phosphoric acid or tannic acid or a blend of both. Phosphoric acid rust converter turns the iron oxide into a ferric phosphate inert layer. It can be used on metal parts that are exposed to exterior weather conditions if it is top coated with a quality paint or coating. Tannic acid produces a protective bluish-black ferric tannate inert primer layer, which can stand alone to protect against exterior weather conditions or be painted over for better appearance. The layer acts as an excellent primer for both oil and epoxy-based paints. Rust converter can be used on any rusty iron or steel object; however, it will not work on aluminum, copper, stainless steel, or galvanized metal. Benefits of Using Rust Converter With the rust stop techniques being discussed here it is necessary to first remove any loose or flaking rust with a stiff bristle brush, wire wheel, or sandpaper before using rust converter. This is done to provide a stable surface. It’s important to not remove all rust since it would defeat the purpose of rust converter which chemically bonds to rust and seals it in. Application of rust converter is a simple and quick procedure compared to eliminating rust and sealing the metal with a rust preventive coating. This is especially advantageous when time to complete the project is limited or the object is large and thorough rust removal would be highly labor-intensive. Drawbacks of Using Rust Converter When done properly, eliminating rust, and sealing the metal with a rust preventive paint or coating can provide a longer lasting solution than rust converter. While time and labor are reduced on the front end with rust converter, the procedure will have to be repeated before too long. In some cases, a good rust elimination and metal seal job can provide protection from future rust four to five times longer than using rust converter. Another consideration is that finish quality can be compromised when using rust converter. Eliminating rust typically provides a smoother surface for rust preventative paints and coatings, which allows for a smoother and better appearing final finish. Also, rust converter is designed to bond to rust. So, it won’t work on non-rusty surfaces or surfaces where there are a mix of rusty and non-rusty areas. KBS Rust Converter KBS coatings offers Rust Converter that easily converts a rusty surface in to a black, inert primed surface that is ready for paint and is compatible with most topcoats. It is offered in aerosol form for easy application and is fast drying. More information is available here. Method - Remove rust and seal the metal with a paint or coating Rust removed, and metal sealed with a coating For stopping rust, the best and longest lasting result is achieved by eliminating rust and then using a primer to seal the metal from moisture and oxygen and then applying a top coating with paint or other coating. It’s important that the rust is thoroughly removed and a strong bonding and durable paint or coating is applied. Rust Removal Rust can be removed with chemicals, solvents, and abrasives. As when using a rust converter, the initial step is to remove loose flaking rust with a stiff bristled brush or sandpaper. The following are examples of rust removal methods. Chemicals and Solvents White Vinegar - White vinegar will dissolve rust when the metal is soaked in the for a few hours. This leaves a “rusty paste” which can be scrubbed off with a stiff brush. For objects too large to directly soak in white vinegar a layer of vinegar can be poured on and after allowing time to set the metal can be scrubbed off. Oxalic Acid – Oxalic acid is a compound that is odorless and appears as a white crystalline solid. When mixed with water it produces a colorless and odorless solution. As it is an acid, care must be taken during handling, including gloves, a mask, and safety goggles. The metal object is then soaked in the solution. Results can be seen within 20 minutes, though in cases of heavy rust, it can be soaked for up to 24 hours. Petroleum-Based Solvents - Products like WD-40 can be used to remove rust and are not as corrosive or toxic as acids. Expect to wait up to 24 hours for petroleum-based solvents to take full effect. Water Based Rust Removers - Acid-free, water-based rust removers lift the rust from the metal through a process called chelation. Chelation causes molecules within the rust removal solution to bond with rust and draw it away from the underlying metal and into a substrate. The rusty object is typically immersed in the solution, or the rust remover is sprayed on. The rusted object is then left for 30 minutes to remove light rust, or up to overnight for extremely heavy rust. Abrasives Using abrasives is a mechanical form of rust removal which easily removes rust. Examples are sanding by hand or use of power tools like an angle grinder, sander, or a drill fitted with a surface finishing disc, cup brushes, or wire wheels. Sandblasting is also a popular and easy way to remove rust and it provides the metal with a surface texture that allows paint to firmly bond. Painting/Coating After rust has been removed the metal needs to be sealed to prevent it from rusting in the future. A primer is applied and then is usually top coated with a paint or coating. Of note, some paints include a primer in their formulation. Primer While metal paint primer is not always a requirement, it is always recommended, especially if the metal will be in contact with moisture. Depending on the type of paint or coating used as a top coat, the metal may or may not require primer to seal it before the top coat is applied. There are a variety of primers available and most popular are self-etching primer and epoxy primer. Self-Etching Primer - provides a strong bond to the surface and prepares and seals metal from air and moisture. Self-etching primer uses an acid to micro-etch the metal for a slightly rough “anchor pattern” surface profile (like that achieved by sandblasting) that provides increased grip for the primer which in turn provides a strong base for the top coat for best overall adhesion. Some self-etching primers deposit a layer of zinc phosphate for increased adhesion. Self-etching primer cures quickly, which helps reduce project times. Epoxy primer provides excellent adhesion when priming metal but because it doesn’t etch the metal like self-etching primer. The proper surface profile must be created manually by sanding the surface with 80 to 180-grit sandpaper, or by sandblasting. Of note, epoxy primers take longer to cure than self-etching primer. Paint or Coating When top coating the primer it is important that the top coat is compatible with the primer. No type of paint will bond to unprepared epoxy paint. Because epoxy painted surfaces don’t allow adhesion, they must be abraded before they will accept new paint. Sanding the old epoxy finish with a 120 to 220 grit sandpaper will promote adhesion. Once the epoxy has been abraded, any type of paint will bond to it. Benefits of removing rust and seal the metal with a paint or coating As long as the job is done effectively, the best and longest lasting result for stopping rust is achieved by eliminating the rust and then sealing the metal from moisture and oxygen. Also, the finish quality is better than using rust converter. Drawbacks of removing rust and seal the metal with a paint or coating One drawback of removing rust and sealing the metal with a paint or coating are that it the procedure is labor intensive compared to using a rust converter. Also, the cost of materials will usually be higher. However, in this case you certainly get what you pay for. KBS Coatings 3-Step System KBS Coatings offers the user-friendly 3-Step System to stop rust. It performs all the functions necessary to properly remove rust and seal the metal for the best long-term protection against rust. After removing any loose or flaking with a stiff bristled brush, or sandpaper KBS Klean, a biodegradable cleaner that removes dirt, oil, grease, and other contaminants is applied and scrubbed with a scrub brush or scouring pad. Next RustBlast, a water based and biodegradable solution is applied to dissolve and neutralize rust. As well, it acts as a pre-paint primer, and provides the metal with an etched surface profile for solid paint adhesion. After spraying on it is left to sit (while keeping wet) for about 30 minutes and then is rinsed off with water. Finally, RustSeal, a single part coating that seals metal away from moisture and oxygen is brushed, sprayed, or rolled on to form an attractive, tough, ceramic-like coating that is hard to chip or scratch, and won’t crack or peel. More information on the KBS 3-Step System can found here. So, what’s best for stopping rust? Ultimately, it will come down to your goal for protection longevity and visual appeal. KBS Rust Converter will do a good job of stopping rust and is a relatively quick process compared to eliminating rust and sealing the metal with a paint or coating. However, it won’t protect metal as long and the finish quality won’t be as smooth and attractive.
  10. Car Frame Repair is Kept Free of Future Corrosion Using the KBS Ultimate Frame Coater Kit During an automotive restoration car frame repair is often necessary. During the life of the car, or truck, the frame may have been damaged by rust or a collision. Since a damaged frame affects safety, it is important to be sure the frame is repaired properly. The first step of a car frame repair is a thorough inspection of the frame to determine if it has any damage. In cases of collision a frame may be visibly bent, however, there are times when the damage may not be visible. This might be noticed if the vehicle is pulling to one side as it is being driven. If an alignment is performed and the car is still pulling, there is a good chance the frame is bent. Uneven tire wear is also an indicator of a bent frame. Again, if after an alignment is performed and the condition persists, the frame may be bent. Another sign of a bent frame are shocks and suspension that are worn unevenly. These components will wear faster on the side of the vehicle where more weight is being distributed by the bent frame. Uneven gaps in the body can also be a telltale sign of a tweaked frame and need for car frame repair. To straighten the frame, autobody shops use powerful hydraulic machines to push and pull the frame back into shape. That is, if the car or truck hasn’t been too badly damaged. In this case, car frame repair may be possible by cutting out the bent portions of the frame and weld in replacement pieces. Another consideration are cracks in the frame that have formed due to collision, or stress from long-time use. Cracks can be visible to the naked eye, however, some are hard to see or are hidden just below the surface of the metal. Also, visible cracks may have ends that are so narrow that it is difficult to see how far they extend. There are methods to find these small cracks in the metal. The first is visible dye penetrant testing where dye is applied to the metal surface. After a period, the dye is wiped off the surface, which leaves dye that has settled into the crack. Therefore, making the crack visible as a bright red line. The only drawback is that the test will only show cracks that have reached the surface. It won’t show internal cracking of the metal. Dye penetrant testing indicates cracked metal A different and more accurate way to test metal for cracks is magnetic particle inspection, which is commonly known as Magnaflux. This process detects cracks that are on the surface as well as defects in the subsurface of the metal. The way it works is magnetic particles, suspended in oil, are applied to the surface of the metal. The metal then receives a magnetic charge causing the magnetic particles in the oil to concentrate where cracks or defects in the metal are and indicate where they are located. Of note, Magnaflux is significantly more expensive than visible dye penetrant testing for car frame repair. Magnetic Particle Inspection reveals crack Cracks in frames must be expertly repaired. Common car frame repair methods for flat surfaces include reinforcing the crack with a square shaped plate with the square edges of the plate placed 45° to the crack, which spreads the stress forces out. Another method is to “stop drill”, or drill holes at ends of the crack to keep the crack from migrating, and then installing a sleeve over the cracked area and welding it in place. Rust is common cause for significant frame damage. Especially with cars driven in the midwest and northeast US, where road salt eats away at metal. Rust damage is usually easily spotted with a visual inspection of the frame. However, frames can rust from the inside out, with little evidence of rust on the exterior of the frame. So, it’s important to inspect inside frame rails to be sure this isn’t happening. Also, the welds throughout the frame, including joints of mounting tabs welded onto the frame, need to be carefully inspected for rust damage that may have compromised the integrity of the metal. The rust needs to be removed physically, or chemically, and perforated or significantly damaged metal needs to be replaced. Welded-in steel plate patches may work in some cases while in more extreme situations new frame sections can be purchased or obtained from donor cars. Once a frame has been inspected, and any needed car frame repair made, it should receive a coating that will keep it protected from rusting in the future. KBS Coatings offers the Ultimate Frame Coater Kit to remove rust, prepare the metal for coating, and seal it away from future corrosion. The first step in the process is to remove any loose, flaking rust with a wire brush or wheel, or sandpaper. KBS Klean is then used to clean the metal. This high-strength non-toxic cleaner removes dirt, grime, grease, and other contaminants from the surface of the metal. KBS Klean can also be used to clean the frame during frame inspection and car frame repair. The next step is RustBlast, which removes rust and is applied with a scrub brush and allowed to soak for at least 30 minutes. RustBlast contains zinc phosphate pre-primer and etches metal to prepare it for coating with RustSeal. RustSeal is then applied with a brush, roller, or spray-gun. RustSeal is a single part coating that is hard and durable, yet flexible to handle impacts and dings. It effectively seals the metal away from air moisture and therefore keeps it from rusting. RustSeal provides a beautiful finish, and if flows out well. Which means it smooths out when applied and doesn’t show brush marks. RustSeal looks great and compliments any show car or restoration. A final, yet crucial step is to protect the inside of frame rails from rust. To do so, the kit includes Cavity Coater, which is a cavity wax and corrosion inhibiting coating. Cavity Coater penetrates deeply to provide protection in hard-to-reach areas. Cavity Coater is applied with the Cavity Wand, which has a 360 degree spray tip for complete coverage. For a demonstration of Cavity Coater being applied click here. Proper frame inspection, car frame repair, and corrosion protection are an important part of an auto restoration. The KBS Ultimate Frame Coater Kit ensures the frame will stay in rust-free condition, and looking great, for years to come. For more information on the Ultimate Frame Coater Kit click HERE.
  11. Because RustSeal and KBS MAXX are incredibly durable coatings, there are thousands of applications for these incredible coatings. One of our customers used RustSeal and KBS MAXX to protect the lift in his garage. After prepping the surface, he applied both RustSeal and KBS MAXX with a brush and ended up with an incredible looking lift that will withstand the abuse that garage lifts have to endure!
  12. “1925 Essex. First, primed the frame with your Red Oxide RustSeal. Then he used your Buick Red Motor Coater for the color. Then clear coated the Motor Coater with DiamondFinish Clear.” -Melba C.
  13. “RustSeal/BlackTop are easy to use and directions are clear. Coatings go on easy and look great!” -Daren A prepped surface coated with RustSeal and then top coated with BlackTop is is the ideal solution to painting a new staircase or even a rusty old fire escape that needs to be restored. RustSeal provides the rust protection and durability while BlackTop provides the durability and UV stability needed for exterior applications. BlackTop also comes in three sheens: Gloss, Satin Black and Flat Black. Grab some today!
  14. "I couldn't be happier with your product. I used BlackTop on my 1955 Chevelle frame and it looks amazing. The finish and durability are amazing." -David L. BlackTop is a permanent, moisture-cured, 1K single component UV stable coating primarily used for topcoating surfaces previously sealed with RustSeal or any other paint/primer application. BlackTop is a high performance protective coating specifically formulated to withstand dulling and fading caused by prolonged sunlight exposure.
  15. The Frame Coater Kit is a quart size 3-Step System Kit that includes enough products to Klean, Blast & Seal a full-size car or truck frame, or any 50 sq. ft. area with 2 coats of paint coverage. You get Top Quality Protection at a tremendous value! Detailed instructions included. KBS Coatings’ 3 Step System of RustSeal (a rust preventive coatings), KBS Klean (an industrial strength water-based cleaner / degreaser) and KBS RustBlast (a powerful rust remover / metal etch) is the most effective rust and corrosion prevention system available today. RustSeal is a paint or coating that chemically bonds to bare metal to form a permanent, moisture resistant finish that is flexible yet won't crack, chip, or peel. Because RustSeal is moisture-cured, this superior coating is made even stronger by continued exposure to moisture. RustSeal is also highly resistant to some of the most aggressive chemicals such as acids, alkalis, salts, abrasive materials, fertilizers, coal dusts, solvents, oils, and other refined petroleum products.
  16. This video describes the use of KBS Coatings Undercoats to protect cars and trucks from rust. The KBS UnderCoat product line can be used to protect the undersides of a vehicle from being damaged by debris and rust, as well as act as a sound deadener to reduce noise transmitted into the vehicle. Rust often ends the life of vehicles. Road salt collected moisture and other factors can contribute to rust developing and eating away at metal. Rust not only looks bad but can be a danger. Weakening metal and making vehicles unsafe. To remain rust free, metal surfaces of the underside of the vehicle need to be separated from corrosion causing elements. Automotive undercoat provides a protective layer that keeps debris from scratching metal and possibly creating the potential for rust. Automotive undercoat also provides sound deadening properties and reduces or eliminates the sound of gravel and debris pinging off the underside of the vehicle. KBS Undercoat line provides protection for wheel wells, gas tanks, frames, and floor pans. KBS UnderCoat produces a very tough, yet flexible film with excellent adhesion, and helps prevent road salt from eating away at your car's metal and fiberglass. All KBS UnderCoats offer excellent adhesion to metal or painted surfaces and come in a matte black finish. The KBS UnderCoat product line consists of three different formulations to meet different requirements. (all products group shot). Solvent-based asphalt undercoating, solvent-based rubberized undercoating, and VOC friendly Water-Based Asphalt undercoat. Use of Solvent-Based Asphalt Undercoat is a personal preference: Some people believe Asphalt-Based is best, saying it has superior longevity. Others prefer Solvent-Based Rubberized UnderCoat. With Solvent-Based Rubberized UnderCoat, rubber is used in the formulation rather than asphalt. This type of undercoating can be painted over and has a smoother texture than asphalt based. While Asphalt-Based UnderCoat cannot. Some people feel the somewhat smoother texture is easier to clean. VOC friendly Water-Based Asphalt UnderCoat is available for professionals and for those in areas that must adhere to strict VOC requirements. Water-Based Asphalt has the same performance as Solvent-Based Asphalt but takes a little longer to cure than Solvent-Based. At KBS Coatings we are rust removal and prevention experts. KBS Coatings specializes in not only protecting metal from the initial development of rust, but has high-performance systems to remove rust, prepare the metal and then encapsulate it from harmful elements with high-quality coatings. As part of the automotive undercoat application process we first recommend properly prepping the metal surfaces and then applying KBS RustSeal. RustSeal is a rust preventative paint that chemically bonds to metal to form a flexible yet rock-hard, and non-porous barrier that will not crack, chip or peel. This will thoroughly seal metal away from moisture before undercoating is applied. This system of RustSeal and KBS UnderCoats provide ultimate protection. KBS UnderCoats are applied with a Shutz gun with a large orifice which allows you to adjust pressure and dictate the amount of texture. The quart-sized can be directly attached to the spray gun. One gallon and larger containers are available as well. KBS UnderCoats are a great way to protect the undersides of a vehicle from being damaged by debris and rust, as well as act as a sound deadener to reduce noise transmitted into the vehicle.
  17. The KBS 3 Step Rust Prevention System of KBS Klean, RustBlast and RustSeal is ideal for restoring rusty truck frames making the frames look better than new and protecting your investment for a lifetime. Unlike other corrosion treatments, RustSeal is a stop rust paint and rust prevention that lasts. Water and air are locked out, therefore oxidation, the precursor to rust, cannot take hold on your car or truck frame. RustSeal is protection that lasts a lifetime.
  18. Over the years, utility trailers are very prone to rusting and corrosion because utility trailers are used out in the elements and then are also stored in the elements. On top of that, the powder coating that is applied by the manufacturers of the utility trailers does not last against rust and usually starts to chip off on sheets. Many of our customers have used the proven KBS Rust Prevention System to restore utility trailers preventing rust and corrosion making them last a lifetime. Below is a picture from one of our customers who restored a utility trailer over the course of a weekend. RustSeal is a superior single part, ready-to-use, rust preventive coating. RustSeal is impervious to road salts and most every chemical. RustSeal flows out to a beautiful, rock-hard, tough ceramic-like coating that is tough to chip or scratch, and will not crack or peel protecting your valuable assets like a utility trailer. BlackTop is a permanent, moisture-cured, UV stable coating primarily used for topcoating surfaces previously sealed with RustSeal or any other paint/primer application. BlackTop is a high performance protective coating specifically formulated to withstand dulling and fading caused by prolonged sunlight exposure ideal for protecing utility trailers.
  19. "Want to give a shout out to KBS Coatings on their 3 step under coating paint - RustSeal. I was able to do this after their KBS Klean and RustBlast products." -Pat C.
  20. "Using KBS Klean, RustBlast & RustSeal and BlackTop made this trailer restoration job much easier and virtually less time consuming verses the traditional practice of grinding rust, priming and spray painting. As reflected in the pictures, KBS will exceed your expectations." -Randy P.
  21. “1987 Chevy R10. Used RustSeal on underside of cab and applied KBS UnderCoat Rubberized as a top coat.” - Jeff R. RustSeal: https://www.kbs-coatings.com/RustSeal.html KBS UnderCoat: https://www.kbs-coatings.com/UnderCoat-Solvent-Rubberized.html
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