Powerful Tips To Help You How To Remove Bike Rust Better
There’s no denying that your bike will acquire rust, depending on how much exposure they have. Carbon and aluminum components are rust-resistant so you do not have to be worried about them so much. However, bikes with steel parts and chrome-plated components attract rust too quickly. A little or continuous exposure to moisture will hasten the buildup of rust in your chains, handlebars, seat posts, etc.
How will you prevent this from happening? Well, let me tell you something. No matter how much you try to avoid that rust accumulation in your bike, it will still happen. It will be either sooner or maybe later. So far, there are some ways on preventing your bike from having a great rust problem, but let’s just talk about how to remove the rust from your bike first.
We have gathered some of the most effective ways of removing rust from your bike. We hope this can help you!
First of all, you have to choose a clean and well-ventilated place where you can work on your bike’s rust freely. It may be in a garage, in a room or in your yard, etc. Make sure you clean your bike with a cloth before everything, to remove any small objects (small stones, pebbles, sands, etc.). You can also wash it first with a sponge and soapy water if you like.
Also, remove any parts that might be endangered when you clean and the ones that are in the way of your cleaning. If your bike frame is corroded with rust, it is best to remove shifters, cables, chains and the wheels so you can clean efficiently and shields the moving parts from the dust remover or polish.
If you are going to use rust remover and polish to remove the rust in your bike, please make sure that you only use biodegradable and non-toxic products to reduce risks. Before buying anything, read the labels and instructions carefully.
Removing Rust Using Rust Remover
- Safety comes first. As mentioned above, you have to be sure that the products you are going to use are organic and non-toxic.
- For Steels: Spray or put the remover on the rusted area, then let it sit for five minutes or a little more. For Chrome: You can use chrome polish, a rust remover, light oil or a little water for the chrome-plated area that has rust. Apply it on the rusted area.
- Scrub the area with a crumpled aluminum or the rough part of a sponge to ease the rust.
- Wipe away the loose rust with a rug.
- Repeat the scrubbing until the rust goes away. However, be careful not to scrub too much because it can scratch the metal.
- After the rust is gone, apply a little oil or polish to cleaned areas. This will help prevent quick accumulation of rust in your bike and will help it protect from scratches.
Alternatives: Removing Rust without Rust Remover
If you do not have any rust remover at home, you can still remove rust from your bike without having the need to buy one. You only need your lube oil and some easy-to-find tools. Here are some tips!
- Use Aluminum Foil
This one is effective for small areas of rust, not enough for severe rust situations. Crumple a portion of aluminum foil and put a little lube oil, then scrub it in rusted spots. This may take some time and effort, but it makes wonders!
- Use Scouring Pad
This is not quite as effective or efficient as the aluminum foil, but with a chain lube, it will also make wonders. Just apply some lube to the rusted spot and begin to scrub using the scouring sponge. Like the aluminum foil, this method can be only as effective in small rusts.
- Using Mild Acid
This includes cola, vinegar, lime juice, soda, or any other mild acids. Colas and sodas that have phosphoric acid as an ingredient can be used for removing rust and corrosion.
Soak the rusted part with the mild acid for a good 15 minutes. If you cannot soak it, you can just pour the mild acid to the surface and leave it for 15 minutes. Then scrub the part using a rough sponge. You can use a scouring pad or the crumpled aluminum foil for scrubbing for more efficiency. Wash the parts with soap and water after being done, wipe it dry and then apply polish or oil.
This works well on chrome-plated parts. Just make sure that you use only mild acids because strong or concentrated acids can weaken the metal underlying the chrome.
Please be reminded that this method and tips for removing rust on your bikes are best for surface rusts. Severe rust inside your bikes needs more than just the methods mentioned above. There are a couple of effective ways to clean your bike thoroughly from rust. Please watch out for our other coming articles regarding this.