Not only is rust unsightly, but if left untreated, it can eventually destroy metal entirely. Iron usually suffers the worst from rust, although other metals will rust to a degree. You can clean and polish your metal to restore its sheen. Use the finest sandpaper or finest grade steel wool that you can buy when you remove the rust. If you use a coarse product, you are likely to scratch the surface of the metal.
Things You'll Need
- Steel wool
- Metal polish
Clean off the existing rust. If you polish or clean rusty metal but leave traces of old rust behind, the item will continue to rust and decay. Use sandpaper or steel wool to clean off surface rust. Use a sanding block made from rubber to access areas that regular sandpaper can't reach.
Wash the surface well with clean water. Ensure the surface is clean so that your polish will adhere well. Clean away any flecks of rust that you loosened when scrubbing the metal.
Dry the metal extremely well. Wet metal will only lead to more rust in the future.
Use a metal polish to restore the sheen to your metal item. Buy a metal polish specifically designed for the type of metal that you are polishing. For example, steel polish and chrome polish contain different ingredients that will work best on the respective types of metal. Use a polish that states that it protects against future rust to get longer life out of your metal.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
How to Clean Up a Rusty Metal Gate
Metal gates present an air of elegance in your landscape, whether it's the entry to your home or into your garden area....
How to Clean Very Dirty Stainless Steel
Stainless steel, an iron alloy, is known for its hardness and stain resistance and is used for utensils, appliances, sinks and even...
Homemade Rust Remover & Chrome Polish
Keeping your chrome fixtures clean and shiny can be a challenge, particularly in a humid climate that promotes rust development. While plenty...
How to Clean and Polish Metal
Metal can be rusted from exposure to moisture, tarnished from substances in the air and otherwise dirtied from general wear and tear....