Who is Rusty Von Rust?


My name is Dr. Rusty Von Rust. And I love corrosion! What’s not to love? It’s a beautiful, natural process. Just beautiful. All it takes is metal, oxygen, and a little time. With the power of corrosion I can take down whole cities. There are people out there who think they can stop me. It’s pathetic. Coatings? Please. Cathodic Protection?…

Goodbye for now!


It’s been a wild ride, minions and fellow corrosion lovers. I had a blast crashing the CORROSION conference back in March, where I was swarmed by hordes of adoring fans, aspiring minions, and a few haters. It was a great chance to bring some attention to my raison d’etre: Corrode The World! That said, I’ve decided it’s time to hang…

My rise to world domination!


Minions, loyal followers, and fellow corrosion lovers, lend me your ears! It is time! I’ve spent years awaiting this moment– years spent diligently honing my skills of corrosion and decay, as skill turned to power, power turned to superpower. I’m feeling pretty great as I get ready to crash the CORROSION conference next week (new business cards, check; travel-size mustachio wax, check) .…

Mission: Infiltration


It’s come to my attention over the past few months that a particular institution is planning a certain… event… with the sole purpose of destroying me and my life’s work! That event is known as CORROSION 2017, and it is a blatant show of aggression against yours truly. They must be truly threatened by my powers and desperate to think…

A setback!


Hello, dear fans and followers. It’s with a disappointed heart that I welcomed the new year, as I’ve recently undergone a bit of a setback. Last month, the U.S. Congress passed a bill– the Water Resources Development Act. I admit, this news flew under my radar a bit since I was busy shopping for holiday gifts for my various minions,…

A Rusty Update


A few words on what’s been keeping me busy lately. The Davis Enterprise: “The infrastructure is aging in that particular part of the street; the water main is about 55 years old and enduring some corrosion,” Public Works Director Bob Clarke told The Enterprise on Tuesday.”  For anyone keeping score, that’s the third consecutive night in which a water main had…

The rusty reason barns are red


Have you ever wondered why barns are traditionally painted red? The reason… is rust. Farmers Almanac: Many years ago, choices for paints, sealers and other building materials did not exist. Farmers had to be resourceful in finding or making a paint that would protect and seal the wood on their barns. Hundreds of years ago, many farmers would seal their…

What I’m Up Against


As I’m sure you know by now, I am a supervillain (I embrace the term) and my archenemy is a small, insignificant group of corrosion nerds known as NACE International. Well, there are almost 40,000 of them, and I guess they’re not ALL nerds, but I have it on good authority that at least 14% of them own a pocket protector.…

Planes, trains, and automobiles


Just a quick update on what I’ve been up to lately. Popular Mechanics: “Microorganisms can eat away at surface materials, and some of the worst areas affected are tight, hard-to-reach areas that maintainers have difficulty disinfecting,” said AFRL Biological Materials and Processing team leader Wendy Goodson. Yep, this one keeps me busy. The DOD Corrosion Oversight Office is like,”Oooh let’s wash the…

Why NACE is my nemesis


You know, for a long time, I just did my thing. Corrosion, a little here, a lot there.  I spent years working on my masterpieces, uninterrupted. Metal was mine for the taking. Your tools, your water pipes, your rebar, even concrete from time to time… whatever I had a taste for. It was tremendous. But then NACE came along. At first I…