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Need advice removing specs of rust and preventing further decay

I got my girlfriend a second hand leisure bike at the weekend and it has some small amounts of surface rust on the bare metal parts, mainly the handle bars, seat stem and brakes.

I want to get it all shining for her however I'm not too sure about the best way around it. I was thinking maybe using a wire wool to get the rust off (though I'm worried about scratching), and I do not know how to protect the metal from future rusting.

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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,798
    I think wd40 and a cloth might work if it's just surface and the wd40 might help protect it . Remember braking surfaces don't work so well if you get any kind of lubricant on them though. You can use a metal polish of course but possibly overkill on an old bike.

    Wire wool will probably scratch the I wouldn't worry too much a bike is a tool for the job - keep it clean, don't put it away wet and leave it and it should be fine.

    You might want to add a bit of grease to the seat tube where it's inside the frame to stop it seizing in future.
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  • singletonsingleton Posts: 1,915
    edited 27 April
    Soaking them in full fat coke might do it. I do that with bolts that have a bit of rust - such as handlebar clamp bolts - and it works a treat.

    Edit - if you can get the parts off the bike of course, it might get costly if you have to fill an entire bath with coke and submerge the whole bike.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,256
    Rust spots mean that the surface finish has been compromised. You can clean up the parts, as above, but it won't prevent the rust from reappearing sooner or later.
  • masjermasjer Posts: 141
    Scrunched up aluminium foil (kitchen foil) soaked with vinegar or Coke is a gentle way to remove rust spots from chrome. Car wax helps to stop is returning.
  • pilot_petepilot_pete Posts: 2,067
    edited 27 April
    Solvol Autosol metal polish will bring it up a treat, but if the chrome is compromised and the rust is actually bleeding through surface defects in the chrome, the only way to permanently fix that is to have the parts shot blasted back to bare metal and re-chromed. It’s not overly expensive, but I would look at sourcing new replacements as that may be just as competitive price wise.

    Solvol brings up aluminium to a shine as well.... https://www.wilko.com/autosol-75g-metal-polish-tube/p/0343727?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyKvMv76e8AIVUwCiAx0dVwZjEAQYAyABEgJZmvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,836
    Chrome polish is what I used as a kid. Mind you, that was a LONG time ago

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • pilot_petepilot_pete Posts: 2,067
    secretsam said:

    Chrome polish is what I used as a kid. Mind you, that was a LONG time ago

    My dad used to go mad because I had used all his precious Solvol on my pushbike - everything was chrome then from rims, hubs, stem and bars to cranks and pedals!

  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 4,024
    Solvol or tin foil but yup, once its rusty its rusty.....
  • mangliermanglier Posts: 731
    Upgrade time, although good luck finding any parts at the moment.
  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 4,024
    manglier said:

    Upgrade time, although good luck finding any parts at the moment.

    why? its a shonker.

    second hand non rusty parts, job jobbed.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,576
    secretsam said:

    Chrome polish is what I used as a kid. Mind you, that was a LONG time ago

    Was that before the war Dad?
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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,798
    MattFalle said:

    Solvol or tin foil but yup, once its rusty its rusty.....

    If he loves her he'll strip the bike and have the parts rechromed.
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  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 6,099
    edited 5 May
    When I wur lad, t'bumpers of t'Hillman Avenger luked like that.

    Metal polish of pretty much any kind will get rid of it temporarily. You might stave it off for longer with some car wax polish as well, which should leave a barrier. That's what my Dad told me to do anyhow, although it might have been another one of his Sisyphean tasks to teach me life skills.

    But look, it has taken 20+ years to get like that so if you look after it now it shouldn't get massively worse any time soon. Pragmatically, the investment in polish and turtle wax is about as far as you should go, unless you stumble on some extremely cheap (i.e. free) bits to replace them.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,576

    When I wur lad, t'bumpers of t'Hillman Avenger luked like that.

    Liar. You were never a lad in Yorkshire.

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  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 6,099
    pinno said:

    When I wur lad, t'bumpers of t'Hillman Avenger luked like that.

    Liar. You were never a lad in Yorkshire.

    Rumbled. Was supposed to be Lancashire, with the very long "ooooo" sound in looked. Either way I wasn't. Both parents were and they ensured that I had just enough of an accent to be worthy of a good kicking, though.
  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 6,099
    And we did have an Avenger. Classic example of an oil crisis car. Can't remember if it was 1100 or 1300 but my god it was slow. I think it is still accelerating to 60 even now.
  • masjermasjer Posts: 141
    edited 5 May
    You had an Avenger, you were lucky. We could only dream of owning a rusty Avenger.
    And you try telling the young people of today that -they won't believe you.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,576

    pinno said:

    When I wur lad, t'bumpers of t'Hillman Avenger luked like that.

    Liar. You were never a lad in Yorkshire.

    Rumbled. Was supposed to be Lancashire, with the very long "ooooo" sound in looked. Either way I wasn't. Both parents were and they ensured that I had just enough of an accent to be worthy of a good kicking, though.
    Imagine having a Kenyan accent at school in Scotland?

    You had a kicking but I would have dreamed of just a kicking...

    ...and we had a Cortina estate.
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 15,230
    edited 5 May
    pinno said:



    ...and we had a Cortina estate.

    This was our Cortina. No idea who it was with the Morris.


    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 6,099
    pinno said:

    pinno said:

    When I wur lad, t'bumpers of t'Hillman Avenger luked like that.

    Liar. You were never a lad in Yorkshire.

    Rumbled. Was supposed to be Lancashire, with the very long "ooooo" sound in looked. Either way I wasn't. Both parents were and they ensured that I had just enough of an accent to be worthy of a good kicking, though.
    Imagine having a Kenyan accent at school in Scotland?

    You had a kicking but I would have dreamed of just a kicking...

    ...and we had a Cortina estate.
    Yeah, not good. Cortina, I mean.

    Still, if you were lucky enough to have crushed velour seats rather than vinyl like the Avenger, at least you would not need to be taken to a burns unit if you got in wearing shorts in the summer.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,576
    That ^. We had a Marina. God it was awful. Before that a Zephyr Zodiac. Before that, a Citroen ID19.
    I was small enough to sit on the centre console in the Zephyr.
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  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 6,099
    pinno said:

    That ^. We had a Marina. God it was awful. Before that a Zephyr Zodiac. Before that, a Citroen ID19.
    I was small enough to sit on the centre console in the Zephyr.

    My bother still has a Zodiac. Can't be a Zephyr Zodiac, it has to be one or the other. The Zodiac had more headlights and a clock inside. Posh, you see.

    God he's dull.

    My Uncle had a series of Marinas. I can't understand why anyone would have bought the second one. Anyhow, they were remarkable cars, in that they were simultaneously both green and brown.
  • pilot_petepilot_pete Posts: 2,067
    My sister’s first car was an orange Marina, which she ‘upgraded’ to a censored brown Maestro.... :D


  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 6,099

    My sister’s first car was an orange Marina, which she ‘upgraded’ to a censored brown Maestro.... :D


    They were actually quite good cars. Mainly because someone from Japan designed it. They'd have been even better if someone from Japan had built it.

    Had a digital speedo and you can get a bike in the back with the seats down. What more do you want?
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,576


    They were actually quite good cars.

    Might have been but they were fuggin ugly.
    In the same league as the Land crab, the Austin Allagro and the Metro.

    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • pilot_petepilot_pete Posts: 2,067
    pinno said:


    They were actually quite good cars.

    Might have been but they were fuggin ugly.
    In the same league as the Land crab, the Austin Allagro and the Metro.

    This! :D
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