12 Essential Processes: Step 12- Use The Right Amount Of VCI

Sometimes, metal rust remover is simply a necessity. In the vast majority of cases, however, corrosion can be prevented by following the 12 steps we’ve covered in this series.


Oxidation can cost metalworking businesses thousands or even millions of dollars per year. Comparatively, following these steps costs little more than the price of the necessary VCI products and a few minutes reading.


In this blog we’re going to cover the twelfth and final step in the essential processes: using the correct amount of VCI product.


Unlike wrapping a gift, properly packaging ferrous or non-ferrous metals isn’t always as simple as putting it in a bag and slapping a ribbon on it. At Green Packaging Inc., we have thousands of options for dimensions of bags but for some particular pieces and shapes, it’s best to use VCI paper or poly.


The rule of thumb is to use at least 1 square foot of VCI product 1-3 square feet of metal surface. In a pinch, it’s also acceptable to use at least one square foot of VCI for each cubic foot of void space, but the former method is preferable.


Generally, anyone packaging metal products in VCI paper or poly should take the time to ensure that every outer surface is completely covered and, if possible, any large center voids are at least partially filled by the product as well.


VCI paper can be used for a wide variety of metal parts including:

  • Steel
  • Springs
  • Bearings
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Automotive parts
  • Printed circuit boards
  • And much more!


When packaging products already wrapped in VCI paper or poly, it’s best to keep them tightly packed and in a dry area. To ensure that products are best protected during shipment, VCI paper can be placed between rows or columns inside the shipping container. 


We hope you enjoyed our deep dive on the 12 essential processes. To view the PDF of the dirty dozen visit https://green-vci.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/The-Dirty-Dozen.pdf.