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Removing Rust

Postby flogger » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:04 pm



Whats the best way to clean off or remove light rust from chrome? Is it possible and are you able to keep the metal finish?


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Re: Removing Rust

Postby maintainer » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:21 pm

Light surface rust 0000 steel wool follow up with metal polish.

Stubborn heavy rust, soak in Evaporust or vinegar.
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Re: Removing Rust

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:52 pm

Crumpled up tin foil, wet with water, and rubbed lightly on chrome.

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Re: Removing Rust

Postby billbob » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:53 pm

What maintainer sad.

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Re: Removing Rust

Postby flogger » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:11 pm

maintainer wrote:Light surface rust 0000 steel wool follow up with metal polish. Stubborn heavy rust, soak in Evaporust or vinegar.

Is that what is in groceries or from where, hardware or auto stores?

WingAdmin wrote:Crumpled up tin foil, wet with water, and rubbed lightly on chrome.

Anything to do when done to protect the finish? Oil, polish?
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Re: Removing Rust

Postby maintainer » Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:17 am

flogger wrote:
maintainer wrote:Light surface rust 0000 steel wool follow up with metal polish. Stubborn heavy rust, soak in Evaporust or vinegar.

Is that what is in groceries or from where, hardware or auto stores?

WingAdmin wrote:Crumpled up tin foil, wet with water, and rubbed lightly on chrome.

Anything to do when done to protect the finish? Oil, polish?


Yes, 0000 extra fine steel wool is widely available, Walmart or anywhere that sells paint.

To postpone surface rust reoccurance always seal metal after cleaning with metal/chrome polish or even a good wax.
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Re: Removing Rust

Postby Ghostman » Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:48 am

On my 1200 after I purchased her I discovered she was a garage queen with a lot of surface rust inside and out. I still have a lot of the old fashioned chrome cleaners like Dad used to use. In fact theres one still made that works like Dads. It cleaned up the chrome on that 1200 and almost made it look like new. Sadly because of the lack of metal chrome on new cars theres not as big of a market for the cleaners like there used to be.
http://www.amazon.com/No-Chrome-Metal-P ... B0002JMD5Y
You can also get a product called Flitz metal polish at your local Ace hardware that works very well also.

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Re: Removing Rust

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:41 am

000 or 0000 (depending on the rust) sprayed with wd40 does wonders too. More expensive than water/tin foil tho.

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Re: Removing Rust

Postby Dennis613l » Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:46 am

As referenced earlier, tin foil and coke.
Seal with clear sealer, or good coat of wax.




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Re: Removing Rust

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:50 pm

flogger wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:Crumpled up tin foil, wet with water, and rubbed lightly on chrome.

Anything to do when done to protect the finish? Oil, polish?


No need to. Chrome is EXTREMELY hard, that's one of the reasons why it's used to coat external metal components and the inside of rifle barrels.

Aluminum is very soft by comparison. Crumpled up tin foil (which is actually aluminum) cannot damage a chrome finish. It would be like trying to scratch a pane of glass using a towel.

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Re: Removing Rust

Postby dingdong » Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:04 am

When using foil or steel wool it is important to use plenty of liquid agent to keep the rust particles flushed off. (water coke whatever) The foil won't scratch the chrome but the rust particles will. Keep in mind that you aren't really polishing the chrome. If there are scratches they can't be removed. Like previously stated it is to hard. You are just removing the the rust stains. After cleaning there will still be pitting in the chrome that will re-rust over time. I would definitely use some sort of wax after cleaning.
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Re: Removing Rust

Postby NVSB4 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:54 am

flogger wrote:
maintainer wrote:Light surface rust 0000 steel wool follow up with metal polish. Stubborn heavy rust, soak in Evaporust or vinegar.

Is that what is in groceries or from where, hardware or auto stores?


I've used Evapo-rust on old tools and other things and it works great.
I like that 1) it's nontoxic, 2) you just let it soak and then wash or wipe off and 3) you can reuse it.
You can get it at a lot of Auto Parts stores and even Harbor Freight.
Here is the page from O'Reilly's about it and here is the page from the manufacturer.
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Re: Removing Rust

Postby flogger » Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:33 pm

Been reading all the help, thanks... I bought some supplies to try both the aluminum foil and the 0000 steel wool... Tackling light surface rust on various areas and bolts, along with some spokes on the newly acquired 400 project... None is heavy or serious but I figured it was permanent and would be replacing the parts over time. Both are working great! She's dressing up nicely with old fashioned elbow grease... Keep the ideals coming, maybe this is a great thread for others... I had not idea rust could be so easily removed... the video was great too...
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Re: Removing Rust

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:29 pm

When it comes to chrome parts, such as the mufflers, I would never use any metal, foil or wool, to clean off rust. I've done it in the past, and it may not be obvious, but there is always a light hazing of the metal. Chrome is very hard, but not impervious to damage. I've recently had great luck with this stuff. Available at Walmart for about $5. It's a type of cloth wadding. It may not be fast, but it does its job, and when followed by a coat of wax, is long lasting. Sometimes you will find that a regular old 'abrasive' wax (most waxes that are cleaning wax) will do the job by themselves. Only waxes listed as 'pure carnuba' are generally free of any abrasives. We're talking VERY fine abrasives.
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Re: Removing Rust

Postby deanjenn » Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:57 pm

I use Turtle Wax's chrome polish and rust remover. If it's just surface rust it works very well.
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Re: Removing Rust

Postby jdvorchak » Sun May 01, 2016 7:18 am

I have used plain old white vinegar and crumpled up aluminum foil many times to remove rust from chrome. Here is a GS850 exhaust before and after literally 60 seconds of using foil dipped in vinegar:

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Re: Removing Rust

Postby Mh434 » Sun May 01, 2016 12:13 pm

Once the rust is gone (using 0000 steel wool, aluminum foil, or whatever) I use Autosol Paste to do the polishing. I've been using this stuff to polish brass, stainless, aluminum, steel and plastic for decades. Every time a "new" product comes out, I try it...and return to Autosol. Made in West Germany (it's even "approved" by the German government), comes in a black-and-gold toothpaste-like tube. I discovered it back in the early '80's, and it's still the best stuff I've ever found. It ain't cheap, but a tube lasts a loooong time.

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Re: Removing Rust

Postby Diego1967 » Sun May 01, 2016 6:44 pm

Hello fellow Goldwingers I'm new here I have a new to me 1995 SE. I use steel wool on the chrome parts works for me. I use the 0000 and a lot of elbow. Had the bike apart for the timing belt, coolant and spark plug maintenance. As I waited for parts to arrive I just wooled the bike to a prestine shine. It looks like a new bike.

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Re: Removing Rust

Postby bellboy40 » Mon May 02, 2016 4:38 pm

I haven't tried the crumpled up tin foil trick yet. Maybe I will the next time I need to get some surface rust off. What I have used with a lot of success in the past is, like many others have said, some 0000 steel wool. I used some penetrating oil (P B Blaster) as a lubricant while polishing the mufflers on my 1500 with the steel wool. I used quite a bit of the oil to keep the chrome wet so the rust didn't cause some scratching. It did a great job getting the rust off the chrome. It is surprising how quickly you can get it looking good.

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Re: Removing Rust

Postby CruiseControl » Sat May 28, 2016 10:47 am

Great timing for me to read this article. I was just considering taking on the task. I was hoping to find someone who has tried Ospho. (see http://Ospho.com for info)

I just learned about this stuff and bought some from Ace Hardware. I used it to de-rust a hitch cooler rack that I bought from Wing Stuff. Apparently they're now made out of aluminum but mine is steel. After washing the rack to get rid of excess dirt and rust I coated it with Ospho. The metal turned back to black. I then painted it. Don't know what the durability will be now. But with the Ospho I'm hoping for a longer lasting result.

If I decide to try Ospho on my rusty tailpipe, I'll come back to post the results.




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