Thursday, February 25, 2010

Clean Rust On Iron

Rust is an oxide that is created by chemical reaction between iron and water or moisture in the air. Since rust is essentially corrosion, it is important to remove the reddish-brown stuff from iron so that the entire iron surface does not rust over or even disintegrate. Although it may seem like a daunting task, you can successfully remove rust to restore the natural appearance of the iron. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Remove as much rust as possible from the surface of the iron by brushing with a paint brush. This will take off the rust that is flaking or peeling. If the rust is severe, use sandpaper to gently sand off the top layer of rust.

2. Combine a commercial rust cleaner and water in a bucket. Mix the rust cleaner according to the manufacturer's instructions.

3. Dip a wire brush into the cleaning solution, then briskly scrub the rusted iron. Scrub using a circular motion rather than straight. Be sure to target all rusted spots, no matter how small, because the rust will eventually spread if not removed.

4. Scrub the iron until the rust is removed and the bare metal is exposed. Brush off excess rust flakes with a toothbrush.

5. Dampen a sponge with plain water and wipe down the iron. Dry the iron thoroughly using a soft rag.

6. Prime the iron with a rust-resistant primer. Follow this by applying two coats of rust-resistant paint.

7. Try only sanding the rusted iron for less extensive rust damage. Use an 80-grit sandpaper to sand the rusted spot, then follow this by sanding with a 120- to160-grit sandpaper. Continue sanding until the rust is gone. Use a steel wool pad to gently buff the surface of the iron.

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