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The Long Lasting Effects of Old Man Winter on Metal

The Long Lasting Effects of Old Man Winter on Metal

What Is Rust? In short, it's a combination of iron and oxygen known as iron oxide. A chemical reaction forms this unbalance which takes place as iron (or alloys containing iron, like steel) is exposed to water and air. H2O and CO2 from the air (moisture and carbon dioxide) creates a weak form of acid which dissolves the iron. Independent hydrogen and oxygen atoms meet and bond with the iron atoms and create this previously mentioned iron oxide. Road salts and other products for melting ice (calcium / magnesium chlorides) speed up this chemical reaction.  While surface rust in itself is not the most aesthetically pleasing, there is a deeper concern. Despite iron’s impressive strength, iron oxide (rust) is exceedingly brittle. Think about the ease of crumbling rust between your fingers. Consider this condition in the chassis / frame of your vehicle. Rust and rot in automobile underbodies is becoming a far larger issue in our community, and it affects the safety of our fa ... read more

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