Frequently Asked Questions

Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RUST CONVERTER, A RUST INHIBITOR, AND AN IRON PHOSPHATING COMPOUND?

A: RUST CONVERTERS AND RUST INHIBITERS ARE COATINGS. AN IRON PHOSPHATING COMPOUND IS A CHEMICAL COMPOUND WHICH FIRSTLY REACTS WITH RUST CONSUMING ITS OXYGEN MOLECULES. SECONDLY, A REACTION CONTINUES WITH THE IRON IONS AND A SURFACE OF MICRO-CRYSTALLINE IRON PHOSPHATE IS STRUCTURED ON THE SUBSTRATE. THIS STRUCTURE INSULATES BOTH THE ANODE AND CATHODE SITES ON THE METAL SUBSTRATE, STOPPING ALL ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY WHICH CAUSES IRON TO OXIDIZE, CREATING RUST.

 

Q: MOST RUST TREATMENT PRODUCTS REQUIRE RINSING. DOES SKUNK RUST REQUIRE RINSING?

A: NO. ANY PRODUCT THAT REQUIRES RINSING MAKES NO SENSE TO USE. FLASH RUSTING WILL OCCUR AND YOU ARE BACK WHERE YOU STARTED.

 

Q: I NOTICE THAT SKUNK RUST CARRIES A HAZARDOUS RATING. HOW MUCH OF A CONCERN IS THAT?

A: NOT MUCH. ITS’ pH OF 1 IS DUE TO ITS PHOSPHORIC ACID COMPONENT. THE REPORTABLE SPILL QUANTITY FOR PHOSPHORIC ACID IN ANY 24-HOUR PERIOD IS 5,000 LBS. OR 715 GALLONS OF CONCENTRATE.

Q: WHAT DOES PASSIVATE MEAN?

A: IN THIS CASE, STOPPING ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY ON THE SURFACE, RENDERING THE SUBSTRATE ELECTRICALLY NEUTRAL.

 

Q: HOW CAN I APPLY SKUNK RUST?

A: BY BRUSH, ROLLER, OR PUMP-UP TANK SPRAYER

Q: I WAS INSTRUCTED IN PAINT INSPECTOR SCHOOL THAT A SURFACE SHOULD BE LEFT AS CLOSE TO A NEUTRAL pH AS POSSIBLE BEFORE PAINTING?

A: YOUR INSTRUCTOR WAS WRONG. VOLUME ONE OF THE STEEL STRUCTURES PAINTING MANUAL TELLS YOU THAT “PAINT ADHERES BETTER TO AN ACIDIC SURFACE.”

Q: CAN I USE SKUNK RUST IN LIEU OF SANDBLASTING?

A: SURE. BUT, LAMINATE RUST, FAILING PAINT, AND MILL SCALE HAVE TO BE REMOVED FOR THE MOST SATISFACTORY SURFACE PREPARATION. IDEALLY, AN ABRASIVE BLAST FOLLOWED BY AN APPLICATION OF SKUNK RUST WILL DEAL WITH IMPINGED CORROSION PRODUCT, PASSIVATE, AND INSOLUBILIZE CHLORIDES AND SULFIDES.

Q: HISTORICALLY, THE COATINGS INDUSTRY HAS HAD PROBLEMS WITH WELDS, INSIDE CORNERS, OURSIDE EDGES, AND JOINS. HOW DOES SKUNK RUST OFFER A SOLUTION TO THESE PROBLEMS?

A: SHRINKAGE OF COATINGS, HOLIDAYS, AND PINHOLING ARE ADDRESSED BY THE INSOLUBLE, PASSIVATING, AND SCRATCH-RESISTANT PROPERTIES OF SKUNK RUST. SKUNK RUST’S CHEMICAL AND PENETRATING CHARACTERISTICS ADDRESS POROSITIES IN WELDS AND BLIND AREAS IN JOINS. CORROSION IS ARRESTED AT THE METAL INTERFACE.

Q: I PURCHASED SKUNK RUST, PREPARED SOME COUPONS, AND LEFT THEM IN MY OFFICE OVER THE WEEKEND. MONDAY, THEY WERE JUST AS RUSTY AS THEY WERE THE PREVIOUS FRIDAY. WHAT GIVES?

A: YOU DIDN’T READ THE “USE DIRECTIONS.” SKUNK RUST WAS DESIGNED TO WORK OUTSIDE IN HIGH-HUMIDITY ENVIRONMENTS, NOT IN A LOW-HUMIDITY INDOOR ENVIRONMENT.

Q: CHLORIDE CONTAMINATION IS A CONCERN. I WAS DOING A NAVY VESSEL CALLING FOR PRESSURE-WASHING TO REMOVE CHLORIDES. THE CHLORIDES WERE WORSE AFTERWARDS. CAN YOU TELL MY WHY?

A: IT HAD TO BE YOUR WATER SOURCE. SKUNK RUST INSOLUBLIZES CHLORIDES. YOU CAN SOLVE THE WATER-SOURCE PROBLEM BY FOLLOWING YOUR PRESSURE-WASH WITH AN APPLICATION OF SKUNK RUST.

Q: IS SKUNK RUST SUITABLE FOR STEAM PIPING?

A: SKUNK RUST IS HEAT-RESISTANT TO 2,450 DEGREES F.

Q: WHAT VISUAL STANDARD ALLOWS ME TO KNOW WHEN SKUNK RUST IS READY TO OVERCOAT?

A: BLACK INDICATES SKUNK RUST IS STILL REACTING. A CHALKY-WHITE, RUST-FREE, AND DRY SURFACE IS READY TO BE PAINTED.

Q: CAN I USE SKUNK RUST TO PREP NON-FERROUS METALS FOR PAINTING?

A: SURE. THE ETCHED AND ACIDIC SURFACE CONDITIONS INCREASES PAINT ADHESION.

Q: WHAT HAZARDS SHOULD I AVOID?

A: BREATHING HIGHLY ATOMIZED MISTS, CONTACT WITH NYLON, AND DRIPPAGE ONTO CONCRETE.

Q: WHAT IS THE ACTUAL COST PER SQUARE FOOT WHEN USING SKUNK RUST?

A: ALLOWING 50% FOR OVER-SPRAY AND OVER-APPLICATION, READY-TO-USE CONCENTRATIONS OF SKUNK RUST COSTS A NICKLE PER SQUARE FOOT.