Rust was one of the top 10 games on Steam despite being released in 2013. It has gained a lot of popularity due to its immersive gameplay and realistic game mechanics. One such mechanic is the ability to repair tools when they are used beyond their limits.
New players often throw away tools they can no longer use, which can result in a direct loss of valuable resources. Thankfully, we’ll help you play Rust better by giving you practical advice to use in your next game.
In this article, we will provide you with how to repair your tools and give you the best repair tips for Rust.
How to repair items in Rust
All repairs in Rust are done through the Repair Bench item menu. Before attempting to repair a reliable ax that has been used from scratch, you must begin the process by finding or creating a new repair workbench.
Once you get to the repair workbench, simply drag and drop items from your inventory to the repair slot and hit the “Repair” button. If it’s grayed out, it means you don’t have enough resources to repair the item.
Up to 20% of crafting resources are required to repair an item. Without these resources, the item cannot be fixed yet, and you may need to find a replacement. Some items, such as metal blades and pipes, may not require the correct components to be repaired, but do require construction materials instead.
Some items require repairing the item’s crafting blueprint. This only applies to Tier 2 or 3 items, so most common tools can be repaired without them.
When repairing items, you’ll find that they break faster the more you use them, due to the game’s default reduction mechanism. Each time an item is repaired, its maximum durability is reduced by 20%. The game marks this durability loss with a red bar to the left of the item icon in your inventory, showing your maximum and current durability values.
Tips for repairing tools in Rust
Repair tools lower their maximum durability, so with each subsequent repair they reduce their revenue. Most players only repair items until they reach less than 50% of their original durability, at which point crafting new items together becomes more resource efficient.
How to make a repair bench
You can craft a repair workbench using 125 pieces of metal. You will often need to find crafting blueprints, but the repair workbench blueprints are available to players by default.
Once you’ve built a repair bench, you can place it anywhere in the game world, but I’d recommend using a base. When viewing a hammer in hand, press the interact button (E) to move the bench. The bench won’t be damaged when picked up this way, so you can keep it in your inventory to save basic space when you don’t need it.
Where to find a repair bench
If you don’t have a Repair Workbench and can’t afford the cost of crafting it, there is a way to get a Repair Workbench without spending any resources. Repair Workbenches are scattered throughout the map and hidden in some notable map locations. It doesn’t take much time to find them, but it’s best to be prepared, as you may encounter enemies along the way.
Here are all the places you can find a repair workbench.
The airfield repair workbench is located in a large building directly opposite the hangar. When facing the building, go left through the garage door. Follow the wall into a room with recyclables and repair benches.
The repair station is located in the building closest to the Air Wolf store and the gated helipad. When you exit the Air Wolf store through the large door, simply walk straight to the first building you see. The repair workbench is on the second floor, so you have to climb the stairs.
start the site
You can find the repair bench in the admin section of the start site. The quickest way to find it is to enter from the launch site, circle the first building, and enter the door towards the other admin building. The bench is perched in a small office that turns right into the building.
Upon entering the building, you can easily find the repair workbench at the Mining Outpost. It’s next to one of the walls of the building opposite the recycler.
The quickest way to find a repair bench at Outpost is to look for a building with a sign saying “Repairs”. When you enter the outpost through Gate 1, it is in the building on the right.
You can find two repair stations in the power plant in the same room. You have to follow the pipes from the cooling tower until you reach the warehouse building. Find the stairs leading to the warehouse and use the next stairs on the right. The bench is next to the partition wall in the room coming from the stairs.
Train Yard’s repair workbench is located in the largest red warehouse building. When you enter the warehouse through the garage, go up the first stairs you see. Enter the long passage that surrounds the entire warehouse floor. The repair bench can be found by following this walkway.
The last two benches on the map can be found in Water Treatment. The first building is on the top floor of the central building in the area. It is a warehouse surrounded by roads on three sides.
The second repair station is located in the southernmost building of the location. You can reach it by following the road from the central warehouse. The bench shares a partition wall with the recycler.
How to change the skin of an item using the repair workbench
Another useful feature of the repair workbench is to change the skin of an item or change its appearance after unlocking another skin for that item.
To change your skin, follow these steps:
- Open the Repair Workbench screen.
- Puts items from your inventory into the repair bench slot.
- Navigate to the “Skins” screen
- Select the skin you want to use.
- Drag the item back to your inventory to use it with the new skin.
Changing an item’s skin does not cost resources. Also, if it’s a higher-tier tool, you don’t need to know the blueprint for that item.
Can an item be repaired only if it has a blueprint?
Tier 2 and Tier 3 items require blueprints to repair, but subtools do not.
No blueprint is required to change the skin of an item, regardless of its hierarchy.
What are the other uses of the repair bench?
Repair benches are also useful for blocking access to the base.
Closing the door in front of the door makes it much more difficult to open (if it opens to the side of the bench) until someone removes the bench.
You can block the base’s entry point before going offline.
The repair stand is not damaged even when collected, so you can collect it after logging in again.
Keep your items from rusting
Taking a closer look at a tool can be different from breaking a tool in the middle of an empty field that cannot be easily repaired. The repair bench is an important crafting tool that breathes new life into old tools. Now you know where to find the repair workbench and all its uses, or how to make one.
What are Rust tool repair tips? Let us know in the comments section below.