You already know that rust affects your farming or ranch property. But before you can solve the rust issue on your land, you need to know the enemy
At Nyalic®, we know that not all rust is the same. Rust comes in many forms, varying in color and the metal it affects. That’s why it’s important to choose a solution that’s tailored to your unique needs. Our team would be happy to help you create a plan to combat rust forming on your equipment, machinery, and structures. To get started, review the types of rust you might face.
What types of rust are there?
Pitting and cavity corrosion
Pitting and cavity corrosion form on unprotected steel, specifically steel used in infrastructure. When this rust pits it breaks down metal, deteriorating both thickness and strength. It can create damage in two ways: narrow and deep, or wide and shallow. On farms and ranches, this can damage and eventually weaken structures, and cause key components to crack, break and fail on machinery, and equipment.
Contact corrosion, aka Galvanic Corrosion
Contact corrosion forms when a metal of one type comes into contact with a vastly different type of metal. This difference in the chemical composition of the metals causes electrons to flow between the metals. Starting at the point of contact, this type of rust forms oxide deposits that can spread further and create substantial damage. Even when you choose stainless steel equipment, it’s essential to protect it with a trustworthy rust prevention solution.
Crevice corrosion forms between two metals, or a metal adjacent to a non-metallic element. This type of rust occurs in confined spaces, like the gap between nuts and bolt. Because crevice corrosion is difficult to see it can be extremely dangerous if undetected in metal structures, and automated mechanical equipment.
Red rust forms when metal is exposed to moisture and salt. This type of rust appears in uniform corrosion near faucets and on metal equipment like wheel loaders, skid steers, and spreaders and tractors.
Yellow rust forms most often in recessed areas of metal equipment that tend to retain rainwater. Yellow rust is caused by puddles of water and appears to run and drip.
Brown rust is caused by the combination of high oxygen and low moisture. However, it can also be caused by contamination during manufacturing stages like cleaning, fabrication, treating, or machining.
Black rust is caused by oxidation and low moisture. This rust appears in a think film, affecting covered metals that have limited oxygen such as tools or equipment stored in sheds.
Why are farms and ranches so susceptible to rust?
Many factors increase the likelihood (and acceleration) of rust formation on farms and ranches. As you can see from the types of rust discussed above, moisture and oxygen are the two primary culprits of rust. Though in addition to humidity and oxygen in the atmosphere, contaminants like salt, chemicals like fertilizers, harsh weather and animal waste all contribute to the formation of rust.
How much damage can rust really cause?
If rust isn’t stopped, it can damage machinery, equipment, and tools beyond repair. This leads to expensive replacements and a lengthy downtime — meaning less revenue. In addition to high expenses, rust (especially types like crevice corrosion) can create safety issues for workers and livestock. Investing in proper rust prevention is one of the most important decisions a farmer or rancher can make.
How can I prevent rust formation?
With so many types and causes of rust, protecting your farm or ranch can seem daunting. However, you can ensure your metals are safe from corrosion by utilizing prevention solutions and engaging in regular maintenance. Nyalic offers a wide range of options to prevent and battle rust on everything metal found on a farm or ranch.
Need a few ideas about ways to prevent rust? Here are a few products that you can use yourself for permanent corrosion protection:
Nyalic Simple Prep is a degreaser that prepares bare metal and painted surfaces of machines and equipment for a coating of Nyalic protection. By using this product early on, you can prevent rust from forming in the first place.
Nyalic Right Rinse is a neutralizing cleanser that removes corrosive chemicals and neutralizes any residual water. With a little aerosol touchup maintenance after this cleaning solution, you can to keep your investment safe, and prolong your protection for years to come.
Nyalic Tough Prep is perfect for deep cleaning mildly oxidized painted surfaces, and oxidized fiberglass. This is the first step in preparing painted surfaces for a Nyalic coating that both restores gloss and provides corrosion protection at the same time.
Nyalic Clear Coat
Nyalic Clear Coat was originally created to protect the interior of the Apollo space capsule from extreme environmental conditions. Today, farmers and ranchers use this solution for permanent protection against rust. By properly prepping your bare metals and painted surfaces before and applying this clear coat, you can avoid huge expenses, machine downtime, and unnecessary safety hazards.
Nyalic Aerosol Tractor Kit provides corrosion protection while it also restores the color and paint s gloss on your tractors. Specially designed for the agriculture industry, this kit includes it all: eight Nyalic aerosols, one quart of Simple Prep degreaser, two quarts of Right Rinse cleanser, one jar of Tuff Prep, three scrub pads and a hand brush. Don’t need all eight aerosols? Choose our Nyalic Tractor Kit with just liquid Nyalic in quart cans, but also includes aerosols just for touchup.
To learn more about solutions for corrosion, call 770-690-1480 and talk with one of our team members today. We’d be happy to advise tell you about the best ways to protect your farm or ranch.