The sight of rust, is enough to make your heart sink! After all, the effects of rust are not just limited to making metal objects an eyesore. If rust is left untreated, unsightliness will be the least of your concerns, as your possessions will, quite literally, be eaten away. So, it’s important to get rid of rust as quickly as possible.
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We have compiled a list of tips and tricks that you can use to get rid of rust:
Acetic acid is one of the best remedies to get rid of rust. It works best if the rusted surfaces are small and the rust can be easily removed. For example, if a nail has started to rust, then you can treat it by putting it inside a bottle, along with white vinegar—in enough of a quantity to soak the nail completely. Once soaked, shake the bottle vigorously. Leave the nail to soak in the vinegar for a day, at least. Remove it from the bottle and it should be as good as new. If not, then try soaking it for a longer period of time.
Salt and Lemon
The next best alternative to acetic acid, when it comes to getting rid of rust? It’s Citric acid. And what better way to treat rusty objects than lemon and salt. Pour salt over the rusted surface, until it is thoroughly coated. Then squeeze a lemon over it, as hard as you can. Leave the concoction to work its magic for two or three hours.
Now it’s time for you to rub the rust off. It’s better to use the rind of the lemon that you had squeezed a few hours ago. That’s because the surface of the rind will do the job without damaging the metal that you are trying to protect, in the first place.
If the trick with the lemon didn’t work, or you were just out of lemons, try using baking soda to get rid of the rust. Put some baking soda in a bowl and add water until a paste is formed. The paste needs to be thick enough that it doesn’t run but it shouldn’t be a solid lump either. After the paste is made, apply it on the rusted surface and leave it for a few hours. Then, simply grab a toothbrush and use it to scrub the rust off. Once it is done, you will find that the rusted area is as good as new.
For crevices that your toothbrush just cannot reach, you can also try WD-40 Specialist Penetrant Spray. It penetrates deep into rusted crevices and corroded threads and will break any rusted bonds that are holding corroded parts together.
If none of the above methods work, or the rusted area is just too large, then you can try rubbing the rust off, making use of your arm power. You don’t want to damage the object any more than it has already been damaged by the rust. And this is where WD-40 Multi-Use Product can help to get rid of rust quickly and safely:
- Spray the rusted surface with WD-40 so that the area is completely soaked. Leave it for at least ten minutes.
- After WD-40 has softened the rust up, pick up a wire brush and rub the surface, carefully, attempting to get rid of most of the corrosion. Continue until you can remove rust, no more.
- Spray the surface, again, with WD-40 and leave it for roughly another ten minutes.
- This time, make use of a sandpaper to remove another final layer of rust. The sandpaper can be of varying grits, depending upon the severity of the rust.
- If small remnants still remain, then you can reapply WD-40 and rub the area with steel wool, so that the rust is removed, once and for all.
- Finally, soak the entire surface with WD-40, once again, this time to form a protective layer on the surface in order to ensure that it does not get rusted in the future.
It is important to get rid of any rust that you notice on any object, as fast as possible. As long as the rust exists, it will continue to eat into the bare metal that it covers.