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Rust Bandit™


Appearance: Light Amber Liquid
Odor: Slight musty
pH: 9 - 10.5
Specific Gravity: 1.0 - 1.01

IMPROVED! DOUBLE THE POWER! Rust Bandit is a water based liquid rust inhibitor that inhibits rust on all ferrous metals. It is designed for use on parts that are stored indoors.

Protection is provided immediately upon exposure to Rust Bandit with no stress change in the metal. Rust Bandit is great for protecting parts after de-rusting with Evapo-Rust rust remover. It dries fast with a clean, non-tacky feel and will not damage any polymers, plastics, coatings, and most paints.

Rust Bandit prevents rust up to 12 months, depending on dilution and has an indefinite shelf life prior to use. Rust Bandit is not based on amine or nitrates, but rather the most recent advancements in rust protection chemistry which combines sebacic acids and salts.


  • Rapidly coats and inhibits corrosion on all ferrous metals
  • Dries fast with a clean, non-tacky feel
  • Non-corrosive
  • Non-flammable
  • Biodegradable
  • No HAP’s
  • No DOT restrictions
  • Easy and safe to use
  • Safe on soft metals, plastic, rubber, PVC and other surfaces unharmed by water alone
  • Can use filters down to 10 micron 


Internal tests using the ASTM D 1748-83 method (~130 degrees Fahrenheit and ~100% Relative Humidity) indicate Rust Bandit will inhibit rust from forming for up to 12 months. However, many factors will impact the length of protection time for any rust inhibitor. If the item treated is smooth machined steel, then the protection can last longer than 12 months. Conversely, if the item has an irregular shape with high energy points, then the protection will be closer to the 6 month period. Other factors such as temperature and humidity will also affect the lifespan of any rust inhibitor. Rust is less likely to form below an ambient temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit. If the storage facility is near the ocean, a salt fog or high humidity can impact the life of the protective coating.


Clean parts to allow Rust Bandit to fully contact the metal surface being treated. Immerse, spray, wipe or brush parts in Rust Bandit then allow parts to dry. The protection will be provided immediately upon exposure to Rust Bandit.

Straight for 6 to 12 months
Dilution 1:1 with water for 6 months protection
Dilution 1:4 with water for 6 weeks protection
Dilution 1:7 with water for 3 days protection

Rust Bandit should be removed prior to treating the metal with any other coating. Rust Bandit can leave a thicker coating in areas where there are angles or corners. This buildup of Rust Bandit could break down any paint or other coating that is applied on top of it. Therefore, we recommend that the Rust Bandit be rinsed off with water prior to another coating or paint being applied to the metal. Rust Bandit is extremely water soluble, and does not need much rinsing to remove it from an object. In general, a 5 second rinse with tap water above 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) is all that is required.