Leaving an uncoated metal object exposed to moisture and oxygen makes it extremely vulnerable to rust, which is iron oxide. Rust initially causes metal to swell and crack, which allows additional moisture and oxygen to penetrate the object. Since rust proliferates throughout affected metal objects until they finally deteriorate, treat it as soon as possible. Fortunately, commercial rust removers are effective at dissolving rust on all types of metal, including steel, iron, brass and copper. The quicker you use a rust remover, the better chance the metal object has of recovering.
Things You'll Need
- Wire brush
- Safety glasses
- Plastic tub
Clean the rusted metal before using the rust remover product. Rinse the metal with water to remove grease, oil and grime. Scrub off stuck-on gunk using a wire brush.
Put on safety glasses and gloves for basic safety precautions.
Pour the water-based rust remover product into a plastic tub. Use enough rust remover liquid to fully submerge the rusted object in.
Immerse the rusted metal object in the rust remover product. Completely submerge the metal in the liquid. Leave the object in the rust remover for 30 minutes.
Examine the metal object to check the progress of the rust remover. If the rust is completely gone, remove the object from the plastic tub. Otherwise, continue soaking the object until the rust thoroughly dissolves, checking the object every 30 minutes.
Rinse the rust-free metal object with fresh water. Scrub any residue off the object using a sponge.
Dispose of the rust remover according to the label's instructions. Biodegradable rust removers are safe to pour down household drains.
Tips & Warnings
- Carefully follow the rust remover manufacturer's directions to avoid unfavorable results.
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