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Removing rust spots from luggage rack and Wald baskets

Old 05-06-13, 03:17 PM
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Removing rust spots from luggage rack and Wald baskets

My rear rack (steel, I think; maybe chrome plated steel) and Wald folding grocery baskets (you know the ones) have a lot of rusty spots.

I removed the rack and baskets from my bike, and scrubbed them down with dish detergent, water, and a sponge to get the most superficial rust off, and then dried them with a cloth.

But, they still have a lot of rusty spots. I don't want to throw them away and replace them if I can avoid it. They still seem like they could be used, and I hate to waste things.

I have "naval jelly", but I'm not sure if it would work well here.

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Old 05-06-13, 04:46 PM
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Use aluminum foil crumpled up and something like cola or lemon juice, some people use WD40. You may need a small stiff brass brush where the wires come together. Or you could just ride them rusty...

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I also use aluminum foil.
After I get the rust off, I use tremclad rust reformer to keep it from getting rusty the next time.
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Old 05-07-13, 05:11 AM
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Use Brillo pads and water to scrape surface rust off rack. Get a large bottle of lemon juice and six limes. Pour lemon juice into a bucket. Squeeze lime juice into lemon juice bucket and stir. Soak the rack in this bucket of solution for 12 hours. If this doesn't work, throw the rack away!

OTOH, if it does work, then lub rack and continue its use.

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I'd go the lazy route and just spray the thing with rust converting primer and then spray it with your favorite color.
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Originally Posted by ttakata73 View Post
I'd go the lazy route and just spray the thing with rust converting primer and then spray it with your favorite color.
Be aware that this will chip and flake off fairly easily. Also, rust underneath the surface of the primer will continue to grow and eventually show through the paint.
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Yeah I know, my way is not the best way.

I used to have to strip zinc plating off nuts before welding and muriatic acid was the fastest way.
I would guess it would work on chrome but never tried it myself.
You can get a gallon at a pool supply store.
You will want gloves, safety glasses, and a respirator or a serious breeze.
This is a hardcore acid but it strips off zinc in a few seconds.
It reacts so fast you should allow extra space in the bathing container because it will foam up like dunking french fries into hot oil.
Better yet test some out on a small piece first.

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Steel wool. Or a brass brush on the Dremel. Both have gotten rust off of fenders and baskets for me.
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Might be the base metal, coming through, then you have to keep up the rust reduction, an endless task.
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You do want to get the rust off, using any of a variety of methods (your naval jelly will work well), then repaint with your favorite paint and ideally a primer. Rust is self catalyzing so if you don't get it off it will keep getting worse, but if you take care of it and repaint it will last much longer. You also want to make sure you get all the rust from under the adjacent painted or plated areas or they will just continue to rust. The naval jelly might do that or you might need to give it some help with a scraper and/or a wire brush.

Again, your naval jelly will work well, but here are some other rust removal methods:
The tinfoil method is good, and you can add a variety of fine abrasives to speed the process such as metal polish or even comet/barkeepers friend, etc.
You can use strips or pieces of sandpaper or a file depending on the rust locations.
Wire brushes are pretty cheap and work well with some elbow grease.
If you have a rotary power tool like an angle grinder or a buffer, you can get wire wheels for them that really speed up rust removal. Just make sure you get one that is rated for your machine's RPMs and wear protective clothing. They shoot out wire bits.
A pressure washer can actually work pretty quickly, just make sure to dry it well and paint soon after to avoid it re-rusting or even flash rusting depending on your climate.
If you have a big enough tub, you can soak them in basically any acid, vinegar, etc that isn't too strong and it will eventually work, but it's slow, like a week long slow depending on the acid.
Or if you're ambitious you can set up an electrolysis tank to convert all the rust back. Works well for very rusty things where other methods fail or would be too expensive.
Evapo-rust is another similar item to naval jelly, but it's liquid so you need a soaking tank and enough of it. Works wonders though.
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Old 06-04-13, 11:00 AM
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Steel wool will polish chrome nicely. Use some elbow grease. I've never tried aluminum foil but that sounds interesting...
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Old 06-10-13, 03:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Tim199 View Post
Or if you're ambitious you can set up an electrolysis tank to convert all the rust back. Works well for very rusty things where other methods fail or would be too expensive.
This is my suggestion. Did it last year and have plans to do it again this year. Lots and lots of useful info on Youtube. I used a car trailer lined with a tarp for my pool since I nedded a big one. I know peopel use the inflatable kiddy pools and stuff like that. It ias a great way to convert rust back to metal and get rid of what can not be saved. Just a light cleaning with a brush or similar at the end and prime/ paint or what ever you want to do to keep it looking nice. Peopel do this to bikeframes, dutch ovens or anything you want to save.
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