How to Prevent Rust & Corrosion While Shipping Metals

There is no doubt that we have all seen rust at one point or another. Rust, also known by its chemical name of iron oxide, is a substance that is orangey-brown in colour and a result of a chemical reaction between iron and oxygen. Rust is a type of corrosion that is only found on metals that contain iron, however, other metals such as gold, silver and platinum are susceptible to another version of corrosion called tarnishing. Factors that can cause all metals to corrode (either rust or tarnish) at a quicker rate include water, moisture, salt and more.

In today’s times, companies are shipping products all around the world on a daily basis. This means that metal products are at high risk during the shipping process, especially when being shipped across the ocean. Whether you are shipping or storing metal materials it is important to provide them with the necessary protection to prevent corrosion. For the different types of metal materials, there are different products to assist with protection. Take a look at the selection of VCI’s, rust protection and tarnish protection below.

Silver Saver®

Silver Saver® was developed to protect noble metals such as silver, gold and platinum from tarnish and corrosion. It is a bleached kraft paper that has been treated with a chemical formulation that absorbs hydrogen sulphide, sulphur dioxide and other tarnish-causing particles from the surrounding air. It is not only easy to use but it is non-toxic, sulphur-free and provides protection for up to 2 years. You can find Silver Saver® available in rolls and bags, which can be used for both the shipping and storage of noble metal products and components.

Volatile Corrosion Inhibitor (VCI) Poly

VCI Poly Film was designed to protect metals that are being shipped or stored from the dangers of rust and corrosion while eliminating the need for grease or oil. They protect metals from corrosion-causing factors such as water, moisture, salt, chlorides and more. They are made from low-density polyethylene that is strong, transparent, moisture-resistant and heat sealable. You can find VCI Poly available in bags, reclosable bags, gusseted bags, tubing and sheeting.

Chemically Treated VCI Paper

VCI chemically treated paper creates a safe environment for ferrous metals (metals that contain iron) by emitting vapors that prevent rust and corrosion. It is effective for both shipping and storage as the paper blocks moisture and oxygen from reaching the metal surface. VCI Paper is perfect for wrapping and covering metal parts or components and it eliminates the need for oil or grease. It is easy to use and available in both sheets and rolls.

Volatile Corrosion Inhibitor (VCI) Stretch Wrap

VCI Stretch Wrap offers flexible and convenient corrosion protection for large and irregularly shaped metal parts. It helps block moisture and other contaminants that can cause corrosion on metal surfaces without the need for grease or oil. VCI Stretch Wrap is available in both hand film and machine film, it can be used with standard stretch wrap dispensing equipment and machines.

Are You Looking For High-Quality VCI Products For Your Business?

At The Packaging Company, we know that your products and your business are important to you. We want to help your ferrous and noble metal products and components arrive safely to your customers by providing you with reliable, high-quality corrosion prevention products. They are not only suitable for your shipping needs, but also for your warehouse storage needs! Visit The Packaging Company to take a look at our full selection of VCI & Rust Prevention products.