Getting rid of rust can be frustrating. Learn how to remove rust while keeping surfaces free of scratches.
“Tips, Tools, and Techniques” by long-time antiques expert Dr. Georgia Kemp Caraway provides answers to questions about the cleaning and maintenance of common antique and collectible objects, including metal advertising signs, glassware, clothing, and jewelry. Compact yet authoritative, this handbook will appeal to dealers and buyers, as well as everyone with something from Grandma in the attic.
Removing rust requires a careful balance between getting rid of an ugly brown spot and trying to keep a prized possession free of scratches. Learn how to remove rust and how to loosen a rusty screw in this excerpt from Tips, Tools, and Techniques (University of North Texas Press, 2012) by Georgia Kemp Caraway.
• Remove small patches of rust with a typewriter eraser. It removes spots and won’t scratch the surface.
• Remove rust by rubbing with steel wool and kerosene. If very badly rusted, soak the piece in kerosene, then gently rub it with steel wool.
• If you don’t have oil, loosen a rusted bolt or screw with a few drops of any carbonated soft drink. The acid in the soda will break up some of the rust.
• Soak a corroded screw or bolt in vinegar for several days or until the rust begins to dissolve.
Learn more about how to take care of your collectibles from Tips, Tools, and Techniques in the following articles.
This excerpt from Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Care for Antiques, Collectibles, and Other Treasures has been reprinted by permission from University of North Texas Press.