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2 Effective Ways to Remove Rust From Metal

Rust is always an unwelcoming sight on metal. It forms when iron, oxygen, and moisture collide. You'll want to attack rust at first glance because it can corrode and pit metal the longer it stays on the surface. 

Luckily, some of the acids found in everyday household items, such as vinegar, lemon juice, and potatoes, can remove rust. You can pop over here to buy rust removal solutions from online stores.

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Following are the easy ways to remove rust from metal products:

1.How to Remove Rust With Vinegar

  • Cover Object in Vinegar

Submerge the rusted object in undiluted white vinegar. If the object is too large to do so, liberally spray it with vinegar or use a saturated rag to dab vinegar over the rusted area. 

  • Soak the Object

Allow the object to soak in the vinegar for at least 30 minutes. If you're dealing with a lot of rust, a longer soak will probably be necessary. If that's the case, start with a couple of hours. Then, check on your progress.

  • Scrub Surface Rust

Pull your object out of its vinegar bath, and use a brush to scrub off any remaining surface rust. An old toothbrush or nail brush works well for this.

  • Rinse and Dry

Rinse the object, and dry it thoroughly with soft, clean rags.

Repeat the process if any rust remains.

2. How to Remove Rust With Lemon Juice

  • Make a Paste

Mix WD-40 and lemon juice to form a paste. You also can use baking soda if you don't have WD-40 on hand.

  • Apply the Paste

Use a clean rag to apply the paste to the rust, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes (longer for rustier objects). If the paste starts to dry out, just spray a bit of water over it to re-wet it

  • Scrub the Paste

Use a brush (a toothbrush works great) to scrub the paste into the rusted object. The scrubbing should lift the rust right off. If you still see any rust, repeat the process.

  • Rinse and Dry

Wash and completely dry the object before using or returning to storage.

These are the three easy ways to remove rust from metals. Try out any one of these next time to save your metal products from rusting.