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    Removing surface rust MAGICALLY

    Just a simple tip I picked up a few years ago and haven't spotted it on this forum anywhere, so I will share it.
    Just scrunch up a piece aluminium foil, about a foot square, dip it in clean water, and rub the rust off. it really is as simple as that.
    There is no need to use anything but water, not coca cola or any acids or detergents, it truly is magical.
    Try it and post your findings.
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    I've tried this ages ago and it works.
    I think it has something to do with aluminium being far more reactive than iron. When the protective oxide layer of the aluminium foil is removed, by rubbing on the surface rust, it steals the oxygen from the iron oxide (rust). That's my take on it. (Probably wrong)
    hooroo, Errol www.engenia.com.au [136,351 km - and counting .....]

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    I first came across this a few years ago on a Chinese bike that had been left outside and all the chrome had turned orange, I was astounded at the ease the rust jumped off and no damage was caused, even though the chrome is very thin on these bikes, a bit of polish afterwards and it was nearly as good as new.
    A friend of mine had an old car that had gone rusty through the paint, he tried this technique then lacquered over the resulting patchy paint and bare metal to achieve the required rat look (b****y awful). I'm sure some clever chemist type chap will come along and explain how it works.

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