If you own any metal product that has rusted, you can’t simply throw it away or replace it that easily. In this regard, there are several ways in which you can remove rust from a metal object. There are a number of household items you can use such as any mildly acidic fluid like white vinegar or aluminium foil. Alternatively, you can resort to products that are designed to remove rust, such as WD-40. Any method that you will use to remove rust will involve time and patience as it is a tedious task. But taking that time and effort, you can easily remove rust from a number of metallic surfaces.
Another solution is using a piece of aluminium foil dipped in vinegar to wipe the rust off the object. Using regular vinegar is also an option; it would simply take more time to remove the rust. Try soaking the object in regular vinegar for 24 hours; this will lessen the amount of scrubbing that would be necessary.
Put the potato on the surface of the metal object and let it stay for a couple of hours.In order to apply again, cut the used end off and put dishwashing soap on the fresh end. After that place it again on the metal surface for some more time. Alternatively you can also use a mixture of water and baking soda.
Make a dilute mixture of water and oxalic acid (25 ml acid, 250 ml water). Soak the object in this mixture for around 20 minutes or you can also wipe the object with a brass brush or cloth. Make sure that you wash it thoroughly and subsequently dry the item, once the rust is removed.
Keep in mind that these chemicals need to be applied for several hours and require for you to scrub afterwards, so be prepared for a lot of work. You also need to keep in mind that chemical rust removers are usually expensive and are usually only applicable for smaller objects.
This is effective for preventing the rust from spreading further, but it does not help in completely removing rust from a metal object. You should only use rust converters if you intend to paint the surface of the metal object.
Alternatively, you can go to a hardware store and rent some tools as well. If you need to remove rust from larger surfaces, it is best to use an electric sander. You should always start with the area that has the roughest grain and gradually move the less rusty areas. This way the roughness of the object is minimized.
WD-40 Multi-Use-Product can be used to remove rust, and to protect items from rust. Just soak the item and scrub it with a wire brush. Just test a small area first to ensure this method doesn’t cause any damage. Apply WD-40 regularly to metal items to help prevent the rust coming back. You can also us WD-40 Specialist Penetrant to help remove rust. It is designed to penetrate rust and grime for easier removal.
The uses shown and described for WD-40 Multi-Use Product were provided to WD-40 Company by the users themselves. These uses haven’t been tested by WD-40 Company and do not constitute a recommendation of suggestion for use by WD-40 Company. Common sense should be exercised whenever using WD-40 Company products. Always follow the instructions and take heed of any warnings printed on the packaging.
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