VCI RUST PREVENTION FAQ'S

What is VCI?

VCI stands for Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor and prevents metals from rusting.  Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor or VCI is a proprietary chemical formulation that is concentrated in pellet form in a polyolefin base resin that is blended & manufactured with durable Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) and/or Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) resins to make Victory's VCI Rust Prevention Packaging.   

  

What type of VCI Packaging does Victory Plastic manufacture?

Victory Plastic manufactures VCI Bags, VCI Sheeting, VCI Liners and VCI Tubing.  Victory's Rust Inhibiting Bags and Film can be custom manufactured to meet your industry specific standards.

 

VCI is commonly used in which industries?

Victory VCI is used in numerous industries including Oil & Gas, Automotive, Marine Equipment, Electronics, Export Transportation, Freight Forwarding, Warehouse Management/Storage, Packaging, Guns & Ammunition, Overseas Shipping, Metal Engineering, Military and Aerospace.  Victory’s VCI Packaging is an easy application for optimum protection against rust. 

 

What type of metals are protected by Victory VCI?

Victory’s VCI Packaging protects both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.  Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron and are usually more resistant to corrosion than ferrous metals.  Non-ferrous metals include aluminum, brass, copper, nickel, tin, lead, bronze, fully galvanized steel, zinc, aluminum alloys containing copper and/or manganese as well as precious metals like gold and silver.  Ferrous metals include mild steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, cast iron, and wrought iron. 

 

Why should I use Victory VCI Packaging to protect stainless steel?

Stainless steel does not readily corrode, rust or stain with water as ordinary steel does, but despite the name it is not fully stain-proof, most notably under low oxygen, high salinity, or poor circulation environments.

 

Why should I use Victory VCI Packaging to protect galvanized steel?

Although galvanizing will inhibit attack of the underlying steel, rusting will be inevitable, especially if exposed to the natural acidity of rain. For example, marine and salty environments lower the lifetime of galvanized iron because the high electrical conductivity of sea water increases the rate of corrosion.

 

How does Victory VCI save time and cut costs?

Corrosion is very costly and can be avoided by using Victory's VCI Packaging.  The direct cost of atmospheric corrosion initiative of oxygen, moisture, and acid type compounds in metals and alloys is estimated over $200 billion.  Victory's VCI eliminates the use of oils and greases; therefore, there is no need to wash your components. Metals are ready for immediate use.  No Sprays, No Cleaning, No Pickling, No Sandblasting, No Repairs, No Grease, No Rust Removal and No Messy Liquids are necessary.  

 

A 2002 federal study, initiated by NACE, remains an influential industry template on costs and control of corrosion in the U.S. Corrosion Costs and Preventive Strategies in the United States, backed by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, estimated annual costs at the time of $276 billion. To learn more about the costs of corrosion go to:  http://www.nace.org/Publications/Cost-of-Corrosion-Study/​ or download the Corrosion Costs and Preventative Strategies in the USA Supplement: http://www.nace.org/uploadedFiles/Publications/ccsupp.pdf.  

 

How does Victory VCI Packaging prevent corrosion?

Victory VCI Packaging creates a shell against corrosion, preventing corrosive acid gas pollutants such as sulfur dioxide or hydrogen sulfide from coming into contact with the enclosed metal surface. Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor or VCI is a proprietary chemical formulation that is concentrated in pellet form in a polyolefin base resin that is blended & manufactured with durable Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) and/or Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) resins to make Victory's VCI Packaging.  

 

The VCI Packaging releases the corrosion inhibiting vapor that diffuses throughout the entire enclosure also penetrating into inaccessible areas of the metal product that are difficult to reach.  The VCI vapor adheres to the metal surface to form a microscopic corrosion inhibiting layer.  The VCI passivate the electron flow between the anodic and cathodic areas on metal surfaces and interrupt the electro-chemical corrosion process. The VCI Vapor condenses on the metal surfaces where ions dissolve in the moisture layer or water electrolytes. Protective ions are attracted to the metal surfaces forming a molecular protective layer which self-replenishes through further condensation of the vapor.  This protective layer will remain on the surface of the metal as long as there is no substantial exchange of air within the enclosure.

 

VCI Packaging can be repeatedly opened or closed, ideally one time per day for inspection, removal or adding to the VCI packaging.  Enclose parts & reseal the VCI packaging as soon as possible after each use for optimum protection.  Do not leave the VCI packaging open for an extended amount of time. There is no need to remove the invisible layer from the protected metals before use.  

 

How long will Victory VCI Packaging protect products?

When Victory VCI Packaging is properly used, the in-service life of protecting your products is for at least 2 years. VCI Packaging and parts should be securely closed and stored at room temperature, away from moisture and out of sunlight at all times.  VCI Packaging works best for storing or shipping.  It can be opened and closed, ideally one time per day for inspection, removal or adding to the VCI Packaging.  Enclose parts & reseal the VCI Packaging as soon as possible after each use for optimum protection.  Do no leave the VCI Packaging open for extended amount of time.  Victory VCI Packaging will protect the metal as long as it is securely enclosed in the package and there are no openings or tears in the package.  Once the part is removed from the VCI packaging, the part will no longer be protected.  When storing your metal product inside the VCI Packaging, it is not necessary to remove all of the air inside the package.  The VCI Packaging releases the corrosion inhibiting vapor that diffuses throughout the entire enclosure even inaccessible areas of the metal product that are difficult to reach. 

 

How should I store unused Victory VCI Packaging?

Store Victory VCI Packaging in its original shipping cardboard box at room temperature and out of sunlight.  Keep the box away from moisture and closed to protect the VCI Packaging from dust or dirt. 

 

How long can I store Victory VCI Packaging before using it? 

Victory VCI Packaging has a 2-year shelf life when it is stored correctly.

 

How fast does VCI Packaging start working?

Once the metal is properly enclosed in the VCI Packaging, the corrosion inhibiting vapor immediately diffuses throughout the entire enclosure even penetrating into inaccessible areas of the metal product that are difficult to reach.  Protection begins as soon as the VCI vapor adheres to the metal surface forming a microscopic corrosion inhibiting layer. 

 

How long will metals remain corrosion free after removing from VCI Packaging?

Once the metal is removed from the VCI Packaging, the VCI vapor dissipates and no longer protects the metal surface from corrosion causing elements.  The metal part is clean and ready for immediate use.

 

Can Victory VCI Packaging be reused?

Victory VCI Packaging can be reused only if it does not have any damage such as holes or tears in the film.  If the VCI packaging is torn, the corrosion inhibiting molecules are allowed to escape, preventing the protective corrosion inhibiting molecular layer from forming on the surface of the metal.  

 

Are oil coatings still necessary when using Victory VCI Packaging?

The use of oil coatings is no longer necessary if Victory VCI Packaging is protecting your metal products.  It is okay to use a light oil coating, but a heavy oil coating will defeat the purpose of Victory VCI Packaging from protecting your products because it will not allow the VCI vapor from coming into contact with the metal surface to form a protection layer.

 

Is Victory VCI Packaging recyclable?

Victory’s VCI Packaging is 100% recyclable.  The VCI packaging is made of Virgin Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) and/or Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) which both are recyclable.  

 

Does Victory VCI Packaging prevent moisture penetration?

Victory VCI is blended & manufactured with durable LDPE and/or LLDPE resins to make Victory's VCI Packaging which are moisture resistant but not 100% moisture penetration proof.  Victory’s VCI Packaging still inhibits corrosion despite moisture being inside of the VCI packaging; however, when the VCI packaging is not used correctly or has a tear, the corrosion inhibiting vapor will escape and prevent the vapor from protecting the metal.

 

Does Victory VCI contain any harmful substances?

Victory's VCI Packaging does not contain any harmful substances and is Nitrite Free, Lead (PB) Free, Cadmium (Cd) Free, Mercury (Hg) Free, Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+) Free, PBB (Polybrominated biphenyls) Free, PBDE (Polybrominated diphenyl ethers) Free, Deca BDE (Decabromo diphenyl ether) Free, HBCD (Hexabromocyclo dodecane) Free, PFOS (Perfluorooctane sulfonates) Free, Asbestos Free & DMF (Dimethylfumarate) Free.

Is Victory VCI RoHS Compliant?

Victory's Vapor Corrosion Inhibiting Packaging is RoHS Compliant.  RoHS (Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances) regulations limit or ban specific substances -- lead, cadmium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), mercury, hexavalent chromium, and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants – in new electronic and electric equipment.

 

Is Victory VCI GRAS Approved?

Victory's Vapor Corrosion Inhibiting Packaging is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).  GRAS is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements.

 

Is Victory VCI TSCA Approved? 

Victory's Vapor Corrosion Inhibiting Packaging is TSCA Approved.  The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is a United States law, passed by the United States Congress in 1976 that regulates the introduction of new or already existing chemicals.

 

What type of parts does Victory VCI Packaging protect?

Victory VCI Packaging protects Adaptors, Ball Valves, Bearings, Brakes, Bushings, Chassis Systems, Crank Shafts, Drill Bits, Drivelines, Electrical, Engines, Fasteners, Fittings, Flanges, Frames, Gears, Hammer Lug Unions, Hose Couplings, Motors, Pipes, Pistons, Pumps, Service Parts, Steel Clamps, Swivel Ranges, Transmissions, Tubes, Valves, Guns and Ammo.

 

What is the proper way of using Victory VCI Packaging?

Wear clean and dry gloves during handling or shipping and keep parts from touching sources that attract moisture such as wood, cardboard boxes and paper.

 

Pack dry and clean parts at or near room temperature to avoid trapping moisture in the VCI packaging and allow the VCI corrosion inhibiting molecules to saturate inside the package to form a corrosion inhibiting layer on the metal surface. 

 

Victory VCI Packaging can be heat sealed with a hand held heat gun, bar sealers, or shrink tunnels; however, bags or sheets can be tied, folded, taped or stapled for protection equivalent to a heat sealable enclosure.  The VCI film does not have to be in direct contact with the metal to protect because the vapors travel to all portions of the enclosure.  Anti-corrosion properties are activated immediately after the production of the film. 

 

Optimum protection is best when objects are completely sealed within the film.  VCI Packaging can be repeatedly opened or closed, ideally one time per day for inspection, removal or adding to the VCI packaging.  Enclose parts & reseal the VCI packaging as soon as possible after each use for optimum protection.  Do not leave the VCI packaging open for an extended amount of time.

 

Once the Parts are removed from the VCI packaging, they are ready for immediate use. No cleaning, no grease, and no messy liquids are required.

 

How do I know Victory’s VCI will work?

As part of Victory Plastic’s continuing Quality Assurance / Quality Control procedures to ensure our products and services meet the expectations of our customers, we test the VCI Packaging & Film we manufacture using Test Method APL10 (BFSV) Testing of Corrosion Protection Effect in Accordance with TL 8135-0043 and APL04 (Long Test). These tests are highly accepted in the industry to check corrosion performance on VCI film for packaging applications. Victory VCI is constantly proven to protect both ferrous and non-ferrous metals from rusting. 

 

Please call or email Victory Plastic, Inc. to receive our technical data sheets for Victory’s VCI Packaging.  Victory Plastic's attention to detail, high quality service, and consistent quality in our products has resulted in our company’s continuous growth.  

 

What are VCI Bags and How Do VCI Bags Work?

VCI Bag Definition: Victory VCI Bags continuously protect & insulate metal surfaces from corrosion-causing contaminants by emitting a vapor that adheres to the surface of the metal and forming a corrosion inhibiting layer. There is no need to clean the part and it is immediately ready for use once it is removed from the VCI Bag.

 

Victory manufactures VCI Bags to protect metals from rusting. Victory’s VCI Bags are eco-friendly, recyclable and re-usable. Custom VCI Poly Bags are available including VCI Poly Bags on Rolls and Gusseted VCI Poly Bags. Victory VCI Bags can be heat sealed, tied, folded, stapled or taped. Victory VCI Bags can be repeatedly opened and closed and optimum protection is best when objects are completely sealed within the bag. 

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