Splashmob wrote: »
I've heard for small areas ( bleeding screw heads ), Barkeepers Friend and a soft toothbrush does the job. Any thoughts?
Mango Man wrote: »
Yep, the amount of scrubbing depends on how bad the rust is.
T Top wrote: »
Rust Wink, we get it at Publix, wipe/spray on rinse off 5 min later. EZPZ
SCFD rtrd. wrote: »
Am I missing something??? Did the OP ever say what was rusting or what he was trying to remove rust from?
poleposition wrote: »
Splashmob is spot on. Stainless is best cleaned through passivation. That frees the surface of the iron and allows the chromium to re-oxidize. The oxidizing of the chromium (which must be in concentrations of 10.5% or greater in the stainless, is actually what creates the anti-corrosive properties of the stainless. I use a product called spotless stainless:
Interesting stuff. Just ordered some.
While it is best to remove the hardware for best results, it does work very well in places where that is not possible like exposed screw heads etc.
I have no connection whatsoever to the company. What I have learned is that passivation can best be done with either nitric acid or citric acid derivatives. The citric acid approach seems most popular with the PHDs, but there is some debate...spotless stainless is citric. While other acids will clean rust stains effectively, they can actually accelerate the "re-rust" process.