2021 - Volume #BFS, Issue #21, Page #50[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Product “Converts” Rust To Solid Coating
That’s what Black Star Rust Converter does according to Steve Cotsalas, president of MROCHEM.com, which manufactures Black Star and other chemical products for maintenance, repair and operations (MRO).
“Black Star chemically reacts with iron oxide to form a hard, black polymer resin that can be used as a final coat or as a primer,” Cotsalas says. Black Star was developed in 1989 for the marine industry on Long Island. Since then it has been used by the Coast Guard, for undercoating salt spreaders, on bridges, cruise ships, and more.
“In the agriculture market, many farmers and ranchers use Black Star on fences, grain bins, propane tanks, barn and shed roofs and on the inside and underside of stock trailers,” he says. “It also works in farrowing pens and chicken coops. Vets use Black Star in areas where there is animal waste.”
Cotsalas notes that there are other less expensive rust converter products on the market. But Black Star stands out in a couple of ways.
“The difference is Black Star is a very stable conversion that won’t reoxidize. You don’t need to do it again in 12 months. We guarantee our product will never reoxidize,” he says. “Also, it is water-based, so there are no fumes.”
Black Star eliminates the need for excessive grinding.
“We recommend power washing to remove the flaky rust, let it dry and then apply Black Star,” Cotsalas says. The “tight” rust will convert.
The resin-like material can be left alone or covered with oil or solvent-based paint, stain or epoxies. They bond better than water-based paints, he notes.
MROCHEM.com sells Black Star Rust Converter in large containers popular with municipalities and companies, but also has aerosol cans ($27.95) and gallon jugs ($89.95). Check out the website or call to order.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, MROCHEM.com, P.O. Box 11056, Hauppauge, N.Y. 11788 (ph 800 788-9195; www.mrochem.com;
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