How to remove rust

1. White Vinegar

Remove rust with white vinegar

Like seemingly every DIY recipe, vinegar is a key ingredient to resolving myriad household problems — rust included. If rust has taken one of your valuables hostage, simply soak the rusty item in some white vinegar for a few hours and watch as the rust scrubs away.

3. Baking Soda

Remove rust with baking soda

Like vinegar, baking soda has no limit on how you can use it on. To remove rust, simply mix water with baking soda until a paste-like texture forms. Cover the rusted area with the mixture and let sit for a few hours before scrubbing it off.

4. Potato

Remove rust with potato

Using a potato to remove rust sounds strange, but potatoes actually contain oxalic acid which creates a chemical reaction when it comes in contact with rust. Cut a potato in half and dip the end in dish soap, rub the rusted area with the potato and then set it on the metal for a few hours and scrub away!

5. Lemon and Borax

Remove rust with lemon and borax

This combination is especially helpful when it comes to porcelain and ceramics (i.e. tubs, tiles, sinks). Mix together a paste of lemon juice and borax and apply it to the rusted area. Then, use a pumice stone to scrub off any rust.

Supplies Needed

1- A 3 in 1 oil – I like Hoppes (It’s the smell)

2 – A solid AP brush (Not a toothbrush)

3 – Tons of Napkins, or one good rag

4 – Steel Wool

5 – A cleaning surface you don’t mind being messy.

Cleaning Goods Needed

Just No!

Just Say NO!

Do not use a steel brush! It’s tempting, i know. It is extremely tempting because these steel brushes can really rip rust off a gun. Unfortunately it will likely take your finish with it. Avoid it, and instead use the softer steel wool.

Steel Wool to the rescue

Using your index finger to steer the steel wool over the rust spots. Manipulate your finger around in a small circle. Your goal here is to level that rust area out with the rest of the finish. Continue to wipe off the rust you drag to the forefront. Once the rust is smoothed over and flush with the finish you are removed the majority of the rust. Inspect under a nice bright light to ensure it is gone. If not continue to make your small circle until the rust is gone.


Much Better – It still has pitting to it

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I repeated this process when removing rust from the Model 10, and it took me about 5 hours total to finish this project. Once I was finished I wiped the gun down extensively. You have to make sure you remove the small hairs that steel wools can leave behind. Once that is finished, apply more oil and you are done.

I added one last step of telling my friend that the boat gun needs to remain oiled at all times.

Using home ingredients

  • White vinegar is an effective method for removing rust.The rust reacts with vinegar, and subsequently dissolves. You can simply submerge the metal object in white vinegar for a couple of hours and then just wipe away the rust-like paste off. If the object is too large, simply pour white vinegar evenly over the surface of the object and give it some time to settle. Alternatively, you can also use a cloth soaked with it to wipe the object.

Another solution is using a piece of aluminum 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.

  • Lime and salt can also be very effective in removing rust. Sprinkle some salt over the area of the object that has rusted to ensure that it is completely covered. After that, squeeze a lime all over it. Make sure you squeeze as much juice as you can and then leave it for about 3-4 hours before you scrub it off. It helps to use the left-over rind for scrubbing the resulting mixture. It is powerful enough to remove rust without causing any damage to the metal. You can also use a lemon in the same way.
  • Use baking soda to make a paste. Make a mixture of water and baking soda and ensure that it is quite thick so that it can be evenly spread on the metal. Give it some time to set and then scrub it off. Use a toothbrush to scrub the paste off and subsequently wash it off using water. This mixture can be diluted according your preference. There is no exact specification for the amounts to be used.
  • A dish soap and potato are also effective for removing rust. Cut a potato into two pieces. Apply dish soap on the cut end. This will ensure that there is a chemical reaction between the end and rust, which will make it easy to wipe off.
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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.

  • You can also use oxalic acid to remove rust. Since this is a strong chemical agent, ensure that you have taken protective measures prior to using this. Be sure that you are wearing protective clothing, goggles and rubber gloves. Make sure that you do not inhale the acidic fumes.

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.

Using materials from the store

  • There are several chemical removers that can help you remove rust. Chemical removers are usually made using oxalic or phosphoric acid and therefore are hazardous for the skin. Make sure that you take all necessary precautions before using a chemical remover to remove rust from a metallic object. Carefully read and use the product according to the directions provided as the usage can differ from product to product.

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.

  • Use a rust converting chemical. You have the option of purchasing a rust converter which prevents the rust from reacting further with the metal. Rust converters are like spray paints and also serve the function of a primer for a paint layer on the surface.
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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.

  • One option is to simply scrape off rust using tools that have abrasive surfaces. This involves a lot of effort and hard work, but it is possible to remove rust this way. There are a number of household objects you can use for this e.g. screwdrivers, steel wool etc. You can use any metal tool for the job, but you would need to use sandpaper with fine grain afterwards to remove any scratch marks.

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.

  • Citric acid is an effective chemical to use for removing rust. Purchase a box of powdered citric acid from a nearby store. Put the citric acid in a container made of plastic and add some hot water. Make sure it’s enough for completely covering the object. Leave it for the night and rinse in the morning. Dry with a clean cloth afterwards.
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