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Rust Converter or Rust Remover – What’s the difference?

Rust Converter or Rust Remover – What’s the difference?

Interstate Products Inc. (IPI) provides tips and advice on the best way their customers can handle rust problems.

The first thing to consider about a rusted object is “How you will use it?” 

A rust converter is the best choice if you don’t need a bare metal finish, such as on an old wrench.  If you will eventually paint the object – such as the outside of a storage tank, an automotive body part or frame, a fence railing – a rust converter and primer all-in-one is probably best, such as  “1” Step (The Rust Killer) rust converter.

"1" Step (The Rust Killer) rust converter neutralizes existing rust and acts as a smooth long lasting primer on both rusted metal and previously painted surfaces.  "1" Step (The Rust Killer) rust converter can be sanded, top-coated, body puttied or left as is.  “1” Step (The Rust Killer) rust converter eliminates sand blasting and heavy wire brushing.  “1” Step (The Rust Killer) rust converter quickly kills the rust and neutralizes it completely, converting the rust to a non-ferrous substance so the rust is gone. The primer like surface that remains cannot rust again.

“1” Step (The Rust Killer) rust converter products has been an extremely effective rust killer for more than 20 years; it is one of our most popular products with through the roof ratings!  Prep time is minimal and it dries in about 30 minutes.    Water based "1" Step (The Rust Killer) rust converter works by a chemical reaction to eliminate rust and covers up to 500 sq. ft. per gallon.  It is non-toxic, easy to apply, easy to clean and contains zero VOC or HAP.

  • Safer to use then latex paint.
  • Dries in 30 minutes into a black* protective coating.
  • Gives 2 to 4 times the rust protection of acrylic or enamel paint without a top coat.
  • “1” Step (The Rust Killer) rust converter can be applied with brush, roller or sprayer (follow label instructions)
  • Easy cleanup with just soap and water

*The final color of black may vary depending on the stage of rust the “1” Step (The Rust Killer) is used on.

Use “1” Step (The Rust Killer) rust converter on: structures, machinery, equipment, vehicles, railings, marine applications, and more. There have been tens of thousands of successful applications.

Not for use on very hot parts like engines, exhaust pipes, tail pipes. Not for use on the inside of liquid containers like fuel or water tanks.


“1” Step (The Rust Killer) rust converter is available in 1 gallon, 5 gallon, 30 gallon and 55 gallon containers.

Bare Metal:

If you want the end result to be exposed, bare metal, then a rust remover is better suited for the task. For example; an old hand tool, like a wrench or screwdriver. 

For a bare metal finish you can use acids, a wire brush, a power drill grinder or brush or a sand-blaster.  Caution – most acids are extremely corrosive and hazardous – consult local and federal regulations, as well safety requirements for storage and handling.  Also, acids take longer because they need to soak in to eat away at the rust.

IPI’s new Rust Remover Concentrate is a true breakthrough cleaner. With a pH of 1, this multipurpose cleaner generates the high cleaning power of an acid, yet it is safer and mild to skin like liquid dish soap. The remarkable Rust Remover Concentrate formula contains a special blend of surfactants, organic salts and proprietary additives to create an acid-replacement cleaner that is biodegradable and safer for the environment.

The Rust Remover Concentrate is highly effective against rust, calcium, scale and lime deposits, soap scum, stains and soils, hard water stains, beer stone/milk stone, scuff marks, and grease.

The Rust Remover Concentrate formula may be diluted with up to 25 parts of water or used full strength. Always rinse with water.  UPC: 051497021337


About Us:
Since 1996, Interstate Products, Inc. has become a global multi-brand supplier of quality environmental, maintenance and safety product solutions to industrial, commercial, institutional, military, and various government organizations. Since its inception, IPI has experienced tremendous growth fueled by our commitment to continuously add innovative new products to meet the demands of a rapidly expanding and diverse customer base. In addition to being a leading provider of spill containment berms and flexible storage tanks – available in both standard and custom sizes, we also supply safety cabinets, absorbents, environmentally friendly chemicals, material handling and other safety products. Information about these and other quality products can be obtained by visiting our company website at https://store.interstateproducts.com/

For more information, please contact Interstate Products at 6561 Palmer Park Circle Suite A

Sarasota, FL 34238 or call toll free1-800-474-7294 for domestic inquiries and 941-377-8610 if outside the United States.

The company’s email address is services@interstateproducts.com and the website location for Rust Killer is https://store.interstateproducts.com/products/Rust_Converter

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Aug 21st 2020 @ 1:49 PM Rich Eisenberg - 800-474-7294

About the Author: Richard Eisenberg


Born in the early 1960s, Richard Eisenberg grew up in the age of the Apollo program and spent his youth following his father's notions of Environmental happenings going on in the Northeast United States. In 1969 the Cuyahoga River Fire captured Rich's attention; his understanding that water puts out a fire, how can fire exist in or on-top of the water? This question got Rich on a path of curiosity and Environmental awareness at a very early age.


"News about a burning river was a signal that something had gone very wrong with the environment."

William Kovarik, environmental policy historian and communications professor, Radford University


Since the early 1980's, Rich has worked in the Environmental Safety Solutions industry. Providing Environmental Solutions for Railroads, Shipping yards, Government & Civilian for Secondary Containment and Oil Leak Prevention throughout US, Canada, Mexico and many countries abroad.


"My experience in dealing with tens of thousands of applications of Spill Containment, Facility Protection, Safety & Storage as well as supervising a staff of individuals providing a multitude of product solutions allows me the ability to draw on a vast amount of projects to find the right products for the clients applications. As an added value for IPI Clients, we are able to draw upon our partners and network of brand name and experienced manufacturer's."

Rich Eisenberg, Founder / Owner Interstate Products, Inc.



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