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Old 11-08-09, 10:17 PM   #1
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How Do You Clean Rusty Spokes?

I've got a mid 80's Peugeot P-8 that I would like to flip. It's a little weathered, but nothing I can't handle except for the front wheel. It has several spokes with lots of surface rust. I've had bikes that had three or four rusted spokes and I've handled it by cleaning off the surface rust, then paint the spoke with silver rustoleum. However in this instance at least half the spokes have some amount of rust on them. Painting that many would not blend in and it would look kind of strange. I want to keep the original Rigida alloy rim because it's alloy and has re-enforced eyelets. Replacing all the rusted spokes with new would be cost prohibative.
So any ideas on how to address rusty spokes without sanding and painting?
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Old 11-08-09, 10:31 PM   #2
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I like bronze wool and a little PB Blaster (or whatever your favorite lub is). I don't see too much harm in putting a decent wire wheel in a drill or dremel tool (eye protection is important).
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Old 11-08-09, 10:34 PM   #3
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Two options.

One) Nevr-Dull. Fantastic wadded polish, stinks a bit, but shines up spokes without issue. Wadding is handy to get into the crossover bits, too.

Two) Tin foil. Serious. Shiney side out. Make sure the spokes are clean, and give it a go. Works suprisingly well.

Hope it helps, mate. Ive used both of these to remedy several rusty wheelsets.
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Old 11-08-09, 10:52 PM   #4
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Aluminum foil dipped in coke or pepsi (diet better so no sugar residue).
The foil acts like sand paper of just the right hardness not to damage the surface but harder than loose rust. The Coke/Pepsi are act as a very mild acids.
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Old 11-08-09, 10:55 PM   #5
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Scotchbrite pad is what I'd use. Foil and polishes are going to take a long time if there is red rust going on.
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