Tuesday, June 1, 2010

How do I remove rust?

Removing most surface rust is easy if you know what you're doing.

With a few simple items, we will go from this:

To this:

Using this:

A stainless steel pot scrubber. The pot scrubber you choose should have wide, flat wires and contain no other materials besides the steel wire. Always test on an inconspicuous area before using to ensure that it does not scratch the finish. Many people suggest using 0000 steel wool, but in my experience steel wool is more abrasive and will scratch and wear through a blued finish easily. This method is only suitable for blued steel, it will likely scratch anodized aluminum, case-hardened steel or synthetic finishes.You will also need some oil and rags.

You will need to wipe the part down with oil. Don't be stingy, soak the thing.

Scrub the part with the pot scrubber. Do not apply too much pressure, just enough to knock the rust off. Test first on an inconspicuous area. You will see an orange or bronze colored paste build up where you are removing rust.

You can use a copper brush to get at hard to reach areas. When you are done, clean the part off and presto; no more rust.

Use your newfound powers wisely.


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