How to Prevent Metal Erosion

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How to Prevent Metal Erosion
Metals left exposed to chemicals and environmental elements will corrode and rust. (PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Objects made of various types of metals typically encounter a type of erosion known as corrosion. Corrosion often occurs when metal is exposed to certain types of chemicals or elements from the surrounding environment that causes metals to rust or become worn and damaged. Some forms of mild, minor corrosion can be repaired, but more severe cases of corrosion result in permanent damage. There are a few steps you can take to avoid corrosion of your metals.

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    Keep all of your metal surfaces and objects clean and away from harsh chemicals. Keep your vehicle washed and clean as much as possible so that you can keep chemicals and salts from roadways off the surface and avoid rust damage. Make sure to put other types of metal in airtight containers that will prevent oxygen from causing rust and to prevent rain water from causing damage.

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    Get your metals galvanised to prevent corrosion. The process of galvanisation involves having a thin layer of zinc that is bonded to the metal surface of the object. This adds protection to your metal that will help it to avoid corrosion for a longer stretch of time.

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    Paint your metals with colour paint or with clear coat to help avoid corrosion and erosion. The paint acts as a type of barrier that prevents chemicals and environmental elements from eating away at the metal underneath the paint. Over time as your paint begins to wear, you should get touch-ups done and new coats added to help ensure your metals are protected.

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    Keep the blades of all garden tools clean and make sure to keep them dry after use. Thoroughly wash all of your tools after use and make sure they are completely dry. This will extend the lifespan of your tools and ensure that corrosion does not set in.

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