Q: What is electronic rust prevention?
A: Electronic rust protection is the use of electricity to prevent or control rust on steel. There are various forms of electronic rust protection, some technologies have been in daily use protecting ocean going vessels, underground pipelines, offshore oil rigs, bridges and other large capital investments for over forty years.
Q: How does RustStop® RS-5 work?
A: Rust is basically an electrochemical process. Rust needs free-electrons to form. The strong positive charge on the Rust Magnets™ attract the negative free-electrons away from the vehicle and they now corrode rather than the vehicle. See "How does RS-5 Work" for more details.
Q: How difficult is it to install a RustStop® RS-5 unit? Can I do it myself?
A: Yes. It is quick and simple to install DIY. If you prefer not to install it yourself, you can take it to your local auto electrician.
Q: I have heard that cathodic protection will only be effective if the metal is submerged in water and is ineffective in dry conditions?
A: That is true for "classical cathodic protection" systems. RustStop® RS-5 uses an advanced dual protection enabling protection in atmospheric (open air) conditions. Instead of relying on the electrolyte (water) to surround the anodes and vehicle, a current is impressed onto the vehicle through the special graphite based, open-cell, partially conductive tape, forcing the electrons to flow though the metal and towards strategically placed positively charged Rust Magnets™. The Rust Magnets™ corrode and the corrosion process is interfered with. See "Why RS-5 works" for more details.
Q: What makes RustStop® RS-5 any different than other electronic systems on the market?
A: Certified engineers developed RustStop® RS-5 and are continually taking advantage of cutting edge technology to keep it a leader in this field. RustStop® RS-5 is the only system that successfully combines 2 proven technologies. The Rust Magnets™ give customers visual proof that the system is working and due to a stepped up output voltage 50 times greater than the charges with steel that cause rust, protection is provided to 100% of the vehicle. See "RS-5 vs Others" for more details.
Q: Will RustStop® RS-5 cause electrical shocks if a person touches the vehicle.
A: No. RustStop® RS-5 is as safe as any other electrical device on your vehicle and will not cause any electrical shocks by merely touching the vehicle.
Q: Will RustStop® RS-5 interfere with any electronic devices that are already on my vehicle, such as the computer or car alarm?
A: No. RustStop® RS-5 works like any other electronic device on your vehicle and will not affect any other electronics or on-board computers.
Q: Will RustStop® RS-5 be effective on a vehicle that has existing rust?
A: Yes. Independent test results show that RustStop® RS-5 is very effective in controlling formed rust from spreading and increased protection can be obtained by the use of RustStop® Rx100.
Q: Is it really necessary to install RustStop® RS-5 onto a brand new vehicle that has an existing factory warranty?
A: Definitely. It is best to have protection from day one and even though new vehicles come with a factory warranty, rust usually forms from the inside out and so there could be a large amount of rust present during your warranty period that only become visible when your warranty expires. Also, the exhaust system gets the best protection when it's new.
Q: What if my vehicle already has spray-on rustproofing or undercoating?
A: RustStop® RS-5 electronic rust protection compliments any undercoating or spray-on type rustproofing application giving maximum effectiveness.
Q: Is it practical to install RustStop® RS-5 if I'm only keeping my vehicle for a couple of years?
A: Yes. What if your plans change? Wouldn't it be nice if your vehicle held up longer when times are tough? Let's say you do only keep your vehicle for a couple of years, are you one of the few people that aren't concerned about the resale value? When you show a potential buyer or dealer that you have taken extra measures to protect your vehicle from the inside out, don't you think that in itself would increase the value? Even if you decide none of the points made above are of concern to you, RustStop® RS-5 electronic rust protection can be easily transferred to your next vehicle.
Q: Will RustStop® RS-5 drain my battery?
A: No. RustStop® RS-5 draws less current than most vehicle alarm systems and uses latest technology to enable a voltage step-up to 45V without overloading the battery. If your battery voltage drops by other means, e.g. leaving your lights on, then the electronic unit has a smart censor that automatically shuts the unit off, so as not to damage your battery, and switches back on when the voltage returns to normal.
Q: Will RustStop® RS-5 be effective on larger vehicles such as full size pick-up trucks?
A: Yes. On even larger vehicles you can use 6 anodes. Each 12V RS-5 command module can operate up to 6 anodes, and each 24V RS-5 can operate up to 8 anodes.
Q: Can I fit RustStop® RS-5 to a truck with a 24 volt battery?
A: Yes. RustStop® RS-5 comes in a standard 12 volt system for cars, a 24 volt for trucks, busses etc., as well as a 6 volt units for vintage cars and motorcycles.
Q. Will RustStop actually help protect the value of my vehicle?
A. Absolutely, and that means money back in your hands.