How to Remove Rust With Coke & Tinfoil


Rust forms when moisture is allowed to accumulate and sit on the surface of a metal object. The moisture mixes with oxygen and begins to corrode the metal. Once rust forms on metal, the surrounding area can corrode very rapidly. For this reason, rust should be removed as soon as it is noticed. Coca-Cola, or Coke, has been the subject of a number of rumors over the years, including a rumor that a steak left in Coke will disappear in two days. While not quite that acidic, Coke and tinfoil can clean rust from the surface of aluminum or chrome very effectively.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Coke
  • Tinfoil
  • Pour Coke into a bowl. Fill the bowl almost completely.

  • Tear off a sheet of tinfoil from the roll. Crumple the tinfoil into a ball.

  • Dip the tinfoil ball in the Coke. Move the ball around so that the Coke gets on every surface and fills every pore.

  • Wipe the tinfoil ball over the rusted areas of the chrome or aluminum object. Use small, circular motions. Continue until all rust is removed from the surface of the object.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean the entire surface of the object once the rust is removed to avoid having a single polished spot.

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