Rust removal - Apple Cider Vinegar

Discussion in 'Wrenchin' Secrets' started by black70buick, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. black70buick

    black70buick Well-Known Member

    Anyone try this? I have also seen molasses videos. I have used specifically apple cider vinegar to remove rust from an old knife. It worked fairly well. So much easier then wire brushing or sanding. I wish I had known about nature's way to remove rust a long time ago. It is just so much easier! But, I also think results very based upon quality of vinegar.

    [video][/video] <---Apple Cider Vinegar

    [video][/video] <----Molasses and some water
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  2. oldsbuickhybrid

    oldsbuickhybrid Well-Known Member

    I had actually seen that before, but never tried it. I found it when looking for how to clean my gas tank.

    For chrome though, I have tried aluminum foil. I read online, then saw on youtube, that you get wet aluminum foil, and rub on the rusted chrome area. Doing this will get rid of a lot of the rust. When I tried it, I was surprised at how fast and effective it was.
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  3. wovenweb

    wovenweb Gold Level Contributor

    "That's another story, we'll get into, don't ask me about that now."

  4. joshdylan2009

    joshdylan2009 Member

    If you go out you tube a guy called my friend Pete uses white vinager on
  5. joshdylan2009

    joshdylan2009 Member

    Surface rust all the time also he swears buy the permatrex peratrex rust converter sys that's the best
  6. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    I use the apple vinegar trick on corroded electrical connections. Battery terminals, light bulb sockets, etc. Cleans it down to the copper. I use a sandwich bag, fill it with vinegar, slip the connector into the bag and twist tie it. I leave it on 30 minutes. Rinse with water, blow dry, reassemble. Apple (brown) vinegar is slightly stronger (more acidic) that the white so I assume both will work.
  7. wunquik86'

    wunquik86' Well-Known Member

    The only way to put that shine on your classic just before a show is: 3 parts water and 1 part white vinegar in a Walmart pump bottle.
  8. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Well-Known Member

    I use cheap white vinegar all the time to remove rust -- it's amazing. You just have to be patient as it takes a week or more if an item is heavily rusted. (less for light stuff) I keep a pail of it in the basement and toss stuff in. It will also remove the paint. I just did my bumper jack pieces. Once complete I rinse/dry and throw on ospho to neutralize any thing left.
  9. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Well-Known Member

    Forgot to add that I have soaked lamp sockets and power window connectors over night (used a cottage cheese container) -- and had awesome results.
  10. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    Coke or pepsi also works well to remove rust.
  11. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Well-Known Member

    If you use this method you gotta use baking soda after. When you introduce vineger into rust a chemical reaction happens. The purpose of adding baking soda after is to stop the reaction so you don't have a big deep continuous breakdown of metal... so I heard in a science class.

    I once saved a lot of old tools and tool box's with white vinegar. I soaked them for 2days. Some more days then others. Slightly rubbed off the residue. Rinsed with water then sprinkled baking soda on them (alot). Rinsed. then I was done.

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