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Is rusty metal infectious??

This may be the worlds most stupid question....

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Is rusty metal infectious? For example if I have a bit of chain where the galvanising has completely gone and the chain is rusty and I twist it with a bit of new chain so its touching, will the new chain rust faster?


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Re: Is rusty metal infectious??

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Re: Is rusty metal infectious??

shouldnt, unless it is pooped on by a hoorse then it will get tetanus.
rust5 no dont spread.
i vinegar my chain after it is out of sea water.. then fresh rinse, even when i stuff it into anchor chain locker... then i havent the stink fresh dying sea life makes and not the rust... seems to be working....
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Re: Is rusty metal infectious??

No more so than throwing (cold) ashes on a tree would cause it to catch fire. This is literally true -- FeO2 (iron(III) oxide aka rust) is just burned iron. But it's a slow burn man, a slow burn.
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Re: Is rusty metal infectious??

Rust never sleeps, so i'd say it is highly contagious. Better get WHO on that chain pdq.
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Seems to me rust spreads pretty easy...


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Re: Is rusty metal infectious??

The rusting is not "contagious"
The rusted links are almost certainly more abrasive than clean galvinized links--so, working back & forth against the new links, they could wear off some of the galvinized coating on the new links and thus allow faster rusting to occur.

Solution: "polish" up the connecting old link. If you're concerned about it.
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Re: Is rusty metal infectious??

Contrary to poplar belief, rust cannot cause any disease. You could eat rust and nothing would happen, but I'd bet it's not real tasty.

When I worked in medicine the fear was that if you were cut with a piece of metal, you would contract tetanus - nope, never happen. However, during my 15 year tenure in the field I saw three cases of tetanus. One was caused by a rose thorn, another by a trash collector being cut with a shard of glass, and the third, we never knew the origin. All three died within two weeks.

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Re: Is rusty metal infectious??

I actually feel that if the chains are in contact and wet that corrosion will be faster as the zinc in the good chain tries to protect the old chain.
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