removing rust problems

JongnenJongnen Posts: 2
edited 22 October in Workshop
ive just started cleaning up some old bikes
its been going really well until i come to removing the rust from the wheels, handlebars and cranks
i tried going at it with steel wool and a metal brush
this only lead to me scratching it

is there a way to remove the rust without damaging the looks of your bike?

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  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 10,666
    Jongnen wrote:
    ive just started cleaning up some old bikes
    its been going really well until i come to removing the rust from the wheels, handlebars and cranks
    i tried going at it with steel wool and a metal brush
    this only lead to me scratching it

    is there a way to remove the rust without damaging the looks of your bike?

    Assuming you are talking about rust on chrome parts, then no, there isn't. The only realistic alternative is to re-chrome.
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 904
    You can try using Autosol Chrome polish and scrunched up silver foil. I've had some limited success on a vintage bike my wife had. Didn't remove the deep rust but the surface stuff cleaned up a treat. Made it look 100 times better.
  • pilot_petepilot_pete Posts: 1,771
    It’s beyond that if he’s taken a wire brush to it! Sounds like rust has taken hold to the metal below the chrome. Realistically sandblasting is the only way to get it back to bare metal and then re-chroming. Rims maybe beyond that depending how deep the rust is. Alternatively sourcing replacement parts in better condition may be more realistic. Try cycle jumbles etc.

    PP
  • step83step83 Posts: 3,369
    I got good results using tin foil on chrome, look it up, seems to work pretty well
  • johnmioshjohnmiosh Posts: 205
    Try oxalic acid. Buy it as a powder from ebay, mix with water, paint on, wash off then polish.
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