Picklex 20 (Google Search) or Must for Rust (Home Depot) will prevent rust for months if applied to clean bare steel and kept inside and dry. Must For Rust costs a fraction of Picklex and does about the same thing. Both are a version of phosphoric acid. I live in a dry climate and have no problems with rust. You can use epoxy primer which is waterproof, but after 3 days to a week, depending on the brand it has to be scuffed and reapplied before painting. In that case the Picklex, etc is easier to apply and can be scuffed and treated with wax and grease remover as the last step before painting, which will remove most of it. The instructions say it does not need to be removed, but I don't like painting over any kind of residue. To my cleaned and sanded parts, I do nothing at present, I used to use Picklex. If you do nothing just keep an eye on them.
This post was edited by CNKS at 16:04:30 12/09/12.
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