Over time iron will rust, FACT!
Often, when this happens it can make whatever item you have that is made out of iron look quite ghastly and reduce its strength or appeal.
As you can see with this car.
This is when you need to take time to get your gloves out and get scrubbing but here’s my guide on how to clean iron properly when it’s rusting.
3 Ways to Clean Rusty Iron
Here’s a quick view of our recommended rust removal ideas below.
- Soak in vinegar and scrub with steel wool
- Silicon Carbide (Wet/Dry Sandpaper) & Rustoleum
- Soak in Coca-cola
If you like a little more detail check out our guides below or leave your own comments at the bottom in our comments section.
Soak in Vinegar & use Wire Wool
If you have a large bowl or bucket then place your rusty iron inside the container and pour vinegar inside to cover the iron.
Vinegar is not expensive so it may be worth buying a large container of it so you can completely submerge your iron weights inside your bucket/bowl.
The weights shouldn’t require too much time inside the bucket but it may be worth putting the submerged weights inside your garage or shed and leave soaking overnight.
The next day, get some plastic single-use gloves or marigolds if you have them and start to clean them with the wire wool.
You may need to press on firmly but the rust should come off relatively easily.
If it doesn’t then it might be worth leaving them in there a little bit longer.
If you don’t have any wire wool then you could use an old toothbrush or a scrubbing brush from under the sink.
Silicon Carbide (Wet/Dry Sandpaper) & Rustoleum
Using silicon carbide (wet/dry sandpaper) is the best type of sandpaper to remove rust.
You can buy wet/dry sandpaper in grits ranging from 80-1000, however, you will find that sandpaper with a grit of 320 will be more than adequate.
Once you have used the sandpaper to remove the rust then you simply have to apply Rust-Oleum NeverWet.
This product is applied to the rust-free iron to help futureproof it by repelling liquid to prevent water from oxidizing the iron and creating rust again.
Rustoleum dries really quick and in about 30 minutes it is dry to the touch. You will only need to reapply the coating if you begin to see water not rolling off again. This should be quite a long time down the road though.
Soak in Coca-cola
A similar process to the vinegar method, you can submerge your rusty iron weights in coca-cola. Quite frightening really, considering that we enjoy drinking this product but it will definitely solve your rust problem.
All you have to do is to submerge the iron in coke overnight. The following day or days down the line you will have to rub it off using wire wool, toothbrush, scrubbing brush or scouring pad.
The iron will need a fair amount of pressure applied when scrubbing but the rust should come off relatively easily.