Ideally, grill users should clean all barbecue tools right after using them. Clean rust stains from ceramic tiles and porcelain fixtures by applying a paste of equal parts of lemon juice and borax on the affected area and letting it dry before rinsing it off. Now I’m soaking some old pipe threading tools and then I’ll search my shop for more stuff. Physical removal of rust involves using something harder that the rust you want to remove and using it to wipe off that iron oxide. Choose an effective scrubbing material when dealing with light to moderate surface rust problems.
The potato trick is so handy (and non-toxic!) and it isn’t limited to cast iron — you can use it to remove rust from baking pans, knives, and other household tools. The best choice for painted, unrusted parts, since it won’t affect the underlying metal. This method requires a lot more elbow grease, but you can effectively remove rust by simply scraping it off. There are a few products on the market which fall into the category of organic rust converters.
If you leave a little WD-40 on the area, it will protect the bare metal for a short time. I read of using a solution of 1 part black molasses and 9 parts water to remove rust. Yes you can use it on a firearm, it will not damage the metal and I promise you you will be amazed at the results you will see in removing the rust. It will contain zinc additives that provide an extra measure of protection against future rust. The surface of the tools that still appear rusty can be easily cleaned with an old toothbrush.
The acid will attack bare metal slowly and will start the process of hydrogen embrittlement, so use the minimum etch time that removes all rust. Removing rust stains from clothes is extremely difficult because they do not dissolve readily in water. Please be aware that Metal Rescue MUST be at room temperature (68F) or above to work properly. At this point you’ll have to look at your subject metal and decide if using emery cloth is required. Bar Keepers Friend sold with the cleansers is great for rust or hard water spots on tubs, sinks boats and other items.
I use white vinegar to remove the mill scale on the metal for my candle holders, but was not aware of it’s rust dissolving abilities. We dunked the tools back in the vinegar overnight, then hit them again with steel wool. This method obliges a ton more elbow oil, yet you can adequately remove rust by just scratching it off. Rust develops when water and oxygen from the air combine, and a process known as oxidation occurs on a surface. If rust remains, repeat the procedure and let the salt and juice sit for another hour or two, until rust disappears completely. Helps remove loose or powdered oxidation alongside other, more effective methods (second photo).
The main precursors of rust are oxygen and water so make sure tools are less exposed to these elements. The only way I know to restore rusted tools is with LOTS of elbow grease – sand the metal parts, either by hand or you could try one of those abrasive attachments for an electric drill. In order for Metal Rescue to work it must remain in direct contact with the metal you are working to de-rust. No article on the battle with rust would be complete without mention of a sandblaster.
But it also hits us at the more personal level, most obviously in our cars, but also with tools and appliances. If you’re not into chemicals and want to remove the rust (but not the paint), this less toxic yet effective abrasive paste can help. A rough metal surface needs to be primed with a filler” primer which will work to fill in any divots or pocks in the metal.
On a pair of grass clippers, for example, if the rust is on the cutting side of the blade they may not be saveable. However, be prepared to immediately follow this technique with one of the rust prevention procedures, such as using Boeshield T9 or VPI Paper wrap. Make sure that you do not keep the natural solutions given here on the rust spot for a very long time, otherwise they may damage the clothing or the metal item.
Working outdoors and in all types of weather conditions can be harsh on tools and metal parts. There’s a very cool way to remove rust by submerging a part in an eletroytic bath. They not only clean rust, but protect further possibilities of rusting on the metal. If you find yourself constantly removing rust from the same item, think about using a coating to stop it from rusting in the future.
While not all rust can be prevented, being careful with your metal belongings can reduce the frequency with which you will have to deal with this particular type of cleaning challenge. To avoid rust marks on your sink, do not leave rubber mats or wet sponges in your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Watch how WD-40® Specialist® Rust Remover Soak quickly dissolves rust without harming surrounding parts, trim, gaskets or paint. Black strap molasses are very effective in removing stubborn rust from metal surfaces. Some light rust can scrub away with a mild abrasive, such as baking soda and a nylon scrubbing pad.
Frequently, there is hardly anything left of the nails, and quite often, the holes where the nails once secured wood will only have rust dust in them. Next time I need to sort out some rust I’ll take a look into those options although Kool-Aid might be tough for me to get over here. You can pour or rub vinegar directly on metal items that have become rusty, or soak small items in a container filled with the clear liquid. It converts rust to inert compounds that can be painted over but more significantly it looses up rust and washes off easy. You can also try using lemon juice and Morton’s salt to clean rust from a metal body.
Before I switched to a rust-proof razor, I had to find a way to remove the rust that would occur between the blade and the handle. You don’t have to use crèmes and other additives to coat the metal inside since the Metal Rescue is not taking off bare metal like an acid. Clean and dry tools after each use, and periodically apply butcher’s wax throughout the season of use. An electric hand grinder with a conical stone removes dime-size rust spots from metal without damaging the surrounding paint. Rubber abrasive sanding blocks like those made by Cratex are good at removing a thin coat of rust and can also remove rust from minute pores in the metal.
There isn’t any group of users of Metal Rescue that have had a greater need for rust removal than farmers! The last is a tried-and-true commercially available rust dissolver – a final go-to product if any or all of the first three methods don’t give you the full desired result. If you are not happy with these home made solutions, you can find some rust remover for metal tools and other metal items. This means it’s important to prevent rust, not just remove it, or else you’ll be wearing down your item over time.
Rust, the oxidation of iron, takes up far more volume than the metal it grows from, so the parts underneath look surprisingly undamaged after treatment. Looking into my 1944 copy of Fortunes in Formulas, one finds all kinds of toxic solutions for getting rid of rust (Potassium cyanide anyone?) but also another electrochemical one that doesn’t require adding electricity to make it work; it is actually building a battery that appears to consume the rust.