Removing Rust from a Bike?

May 3, 2011

Rusty bike leaning against a stone cottage wall.What can I do to remove some rust from tires and handlebars on my bicycle? I know there is a product called Zud, but thought someone might could give me some pointers on knocking it out fairly quickly.


By Binky Rankin


May 3, 20110 found this helpful

It's cheap and good, parts house, fozz or ospho and you can paint it on or you can put a spray head on it from a quart spray bottle and spray it on let it set till white it will turn white when the rust is dead.) If it hasn't turned white then respray and wait one more day then dry off with rag hit lightly with sand paper and spray paint. The only work on this is how much sanding and picking you want to do to make it perfect.

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May 4, 20110 found this helpful

There are a few things you can use, you need something like steel wool (fine) for is abrasiveness, then some kind of lubricant... WD 40, rust remover, 3 in 1 oil, citric acid or plain water all work well. Make sure you dry it well, then put a nice shine on it with a chrome or metal polish.


Also, you can try to use a wadded piece of aluminum foil in place of the steel wool. works the same or better.

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May 4, 20110 found this helpful

Oh yeah BTW... Sandpaper will work but takes much longer. Patience is a virtue though, and you will need it regardless.

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May 6, 20110 found this helpful

Wad up a ball of cooking foil run it under water and rub on the rust. May take longer than chemicals but is better for you and the environment.


Also it won't scratch the surface you're working on.

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May 22, 20110 found this helpful

I've heard that Cola never fails! Do that along with the other advice.

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August 10, 2009

I bought a used bike. It has quite a bit of rust on it. How can rust best be removed?

By gerry perzanoski from Old Saybrook, CT


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August 11, 20090 found this helpful

Use a product called navel jelly. You can get it at an automotive store.

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August 13, 20090 found this helpful

After removing the rust with naval jelly and/or light sanding, repaint with Rustoleum to keep the rust from coming back.

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