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Rust Removal. Safe, Easy and Cheap!! (Not Oxalic Acid)

#1 2008-05-19 2:15am

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Rust Removal. Safe, Easy and Cheap!! (Not Oxalic Acid)

OK Guys, so you want to get rid of rust from your chromed bike part but you don’t like the idea of having dangerous chemicals around the house. Well here is a great way that is so safe and easy a 5yr old could do it! All you need is a container (tub) big enough to fit your rusty part in, a toothbrush (scrubbing brush, dish brush etc.) and enough White Vinegar to cover the part. I just use the cheap stuff from the supermarket. Place your part in the container of Vinegar and wait a day or two. Remove the part and brush off the rust, then wipe down with a rag, if your satisfied with the job, give it a spray over with a water displacer (WD40,CRC etc.) or dry with a hair dryer to stop the rust coming back straight away, if your not happy, drop it in for a bit longer. So there you go, it’s that easy smile

Try it yourself on an old rusty chromed part and I guarantee you will be amazed at how well it comes up!!!

Notes:
Don’t throw your vinegar away afterwards, it can be used over and over again.   
It will go a rusty color after use.
It may help to add a tea spoon of Bi Carb Soda (Baking Soda) per Ltr of Vinegar to help speed up the process a little(caution, it will fizz up!!)
It may remove your decals if you use it on a part with stickers or decals
DON'T LEAVE FOR OVER 48hrs (it is possible to damage parts as it is acidic)


Here is a demonstration I done over the weekend.

Here is the Stem before being soaked in the Vinegar
http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/6903/image491smalllw2.jpg

Here is the stem in the container of dirty Vinegar
http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/8545/image505croppedsmallgv2.jpg

Here is the stem after being cleaned!! Note, the top wasn’t submersed
http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/1729/image506smallct7.jpg

The Vinegar I used
http://img128.imageshack.us/img128/5417/image452smallln3.jpg

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#2 2008-05-19 2:35am

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Re: Rust Removal. Safe, Easy and Cheap!! (Not Oxalic Acid)

super tip!


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#3 2008-05-19 2:50am

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Awsome work Matt. Looks great.
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#4 2008-05-19 4:24am

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Re: Rust Removal. Safe, Easy and Cheap!! (Not Oxalic Acid)

Nice!!! i found Molasses and water worked too but took several days to do the job....OA was good for a 12 hour dip 24 hours being also good..... now i have another excellent way to do the job....hehe no rust is safe here now!


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#5 2008-05-19 4:41am

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RL20II wrote:

Nice!!! i found Molasses and water worked too but took several days to do the job....OA was good for a 12 hour dip 24 hours being also good..... now i have another excellent way to do the job....hehe no rust is safe here now!

Yeah i've tryed the Molasses also, I used it on some forks, it does work and is a super cheap way, but takes a lot longer. I mixed it at 1:12 water but I think about 1:10 would be better!! The reason it works is because the Molasses in the water creates Phosphoric Acid. The down side is it tends to loose strength prity quick.
The reason I like the Vinegar is it seams to leave the raw metal cleaner looking. The best thing about these methods is they are Enviromentally Friendly. smile

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#6 2008-05-19 4:45am

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yeah the good ol molasses takes ages LOL, and yep definitely enviro nice smile


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#7 2008-05-19 5:10am

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Thats an awesome tip.....I'll give that a try on some stuff tomorrow.


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#8 2008-05-19 9:24am

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Re: Rust Removal. Safe, Easy and Cheap!! (Not Oxalic Acid)

I have just put this in the container to see how the raw steel comes up, I will post a pic in 24 hr.

http://img362.imageshack.us/img362/6536/img1109smallke1.jpg

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#9 2008-05-19 10:02am

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Re: Rust Removal. Safe, Easy and Cheap!! (Not Oxalic Acid)

Thanks for the tip!

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#10 2008-05-19 10:22am

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RL20II wrote:

yeah the good ol molasses takes ages LOL, and yep definitely enviro nice smile

Would you say it was slow as Molasses!
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#11 2008-05-19 10:28am

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Re: Rust Removal. Safe, Easy and Cheap!! (Not Oxalic Acid)

That is a very nice tip. If I try it soon, I'll post some pics also.


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#12 2008-05-19 10:38am

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cool, now i just need a tub big enough for a whole bike. lol

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#13 2008-05-19 12:53pm

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Brilliant idea Monaro! I'm gonna vinegarise everything in chrome now!tongue

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#14 2008-05-20 3:34am

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Re: Rust Removal. Safe, Easy and Cheap!! (Not Oxalic Acid)

Ok, here is the Head stem quill, it is made from diecast, I have just taken it out after about 20hrs in the Vinegar and brushed it off. Then dried it with a rag, Amazing!!!

http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/422/img1122smallsy7.jpg

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#15 2008-05-20 3:39am

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Philtor210 wrote:

That is a very nice tip. If I try it soon, I'll post some pics also.

Yeah cool, I'd love to see how others go with this method, post up the pics!!

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#16 2008-05-20 3:57am

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this should be a sticky! im going to try this!smile


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#17 2008-05-21 9:40pm

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BUMP might try this on my 600a frame

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#18 2008-05-21 11:58pm

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Monaro wrote:

Ok, here is the Head stem quill, it is made from diecast, I have just taken it out after about 20hrs in the Vinegar and brushed it off. Then dried it with a rag, Amazing!!!

That's mental!  Thanks Monaro (should you be called Pontiac GTO by the Americans?), the before and after pics are amazing.

Crusty


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#19 2008-06-26 5:23am

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Re: Rust Removal. Safe, Easy and Cheap!! (Not Oxalic Acid)

Has anyone tried this?? it works Great!! and soo cheap big_smile

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#20 2008-06-26 6:19am

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Monaro, that's a brilliant idea. Now I don't have to worry about my kids sticking their finger into acid. I've got some forks coming for my goose that are rusty and I'll give the vineger a shot. I'll post before and after pics up.

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#21 2008-06-26 6:59am

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Monaro wrote:

Ok, here is the Head stem quill, it is made from diecast, I have just taken it out after about 20hrs in the Vinegar and brushed it off. Then dried it with a rag, Amazing!!!

http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/422/ … allsy7.jpg

Wow!  thanks for the tip.


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#22 2008-06-26 4:41pm

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Monaro wrote:

Has anyone tried this?? it works Great!! and soo cheap big_smile

Yep.  Did it on some brake parts and also another time on some spokes.  Put the spokes into a tall jar of vinegar, along with the nipples* and let it work for 48 hours.  Pulled the rust off the spokes, you could see flakes of rust floating in the jar.

Pulled the spokes out, gave them a wipe with a scourer and they came up fine and dandy.  Nipples looked new as well.

Thanks again for the tip!

Crusty

* tee hee hee, he said nipples...


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#23 2008-06-27 11:08am

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Re: Rust Removal. Safe, Easy and Cheap!! (Not Oxalic Acid)

Whoa, this looks great! I couldn't find oxalic acid in a small enough quantity - it was tons or nothing. White vinegar should be easy to find. Never heard of molasses.

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#24 2008-06-27 4:28pm

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yeehah
cheap and safe
gunna fill my swimming pool with the stuff - the kiddies can still swim in it, safer than chlorine just gotta wear goggles.
and as they splash around they can agitate the mix.
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#25 2008-06-27 4:36pm

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Nektopoli wrote:

BUMP might try this on my 600a frame

NP

I was just thinking the same thing. My 600A is serial # 1003


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