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Recently, we replaced our leaking toilet and took the opportunity to paint the bathroom. The chrome shelving unit that was over the toilet was very rusted and looked terrible at the bottom. It did have nice glass shelves at the top and we wanted to make do for a bit longer before the expense of replacing it too.
We took it down and scrubbed it with Bar Keepers Friend, which is a great product for cleaning metal and surfaces and removing rust. Unfortunately, the rust had eaten into the coating and was never going to be entirely clean looking. Besides this, the scrubby sponge scratched any remaining shiny coating.
After we had removed as much of the rust as possible, we took the shelf outside and spray painted the damaged bottom section with metallic silver spray paint.
The paint covered the damaged areas pretty well and the shelving unit lasted until we were able to replace it inexpensively.
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How can I remove rust from chrome bathroom fixtures, specifically chrome trim around a bathroom mirror? Are there any good products for this? Thank you.
By ellen from Chicago, IL
There are probably product but the foil and cola sounds good to me; however, your chrome product is probably on it's last legs because the chrome protection has worn away, but you can just start looking for replacements at garage sales. I see chrome trimmed stuff all the time.
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How do you clean rust off chrome?
By Christie A Noble from Kona, HI
I have found that fine steel wool works great, give it a try and see what happens. It work for me. (11/04/2009)
Try vinegar it should work, good luck. (11/04/2009)
There is a product called Navel Jelly. Just apply to the rusted area, let set, and then rinse away. (11/06/2009)
By David M.
Try rust remover for clothing in the smaller bright orange plastic bottle, letting it stay on the rusted area for about ten minutes, wiping, not rinsing, to see if it removed it. If so, then rinse with cold water. If not, try CLR. Good luck and God bless you. (11/07/2009)
The Coca cola works great. I purchased a small muffler for a 1969 Honda z50 from eBay no one else would bid on it, I won it for $3.00 this item costs about $120 new. Completely covered in rust put in a box and poured Coca Cola on it let it set for about 5 minutes and rubbed with tin foil and then wiped down with a rag, look at her shine, awesome. I have before, during, and after pictures works great. Thanks a bunch. (12/12/2009)
See my other image of little muffler I purchased on eBay and cleaned up with Coca cola and tin foil. Here is the before picture so you can see what 15 minutes of work did. (12/12/2009)
To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers rub with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds wrap foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
By Connie A.
Here's an incredibly easy and cheap way to take care of all your worries. Wrap aluminum foil around your finger, shiny side out, and rub until the rust disappears. Then wipe the surface with a damp cloth. Problem solved! Hope this helps you. (09/07/2005)
I have an old bicycle that was covered in rust. Before attempting anything else, I tried this trick because it was simple a cheap. Worked like a charm!
The bike looked great afterward, and I was able to salvage the handle bars and fenders, which is why I wanted the bicycle in the first place. Finish with chrome cleaner/polish to bring out the shine! (05/10/2008)
I thought you were crazy with the suggestion but was at my wits end. I had tried everything in my house to get the handlebars of an antique kid's riding toy clean for my one year old grandson. Tried it and it worked like a charm. Thank you, thank you! (02/07/2009)
By Tom D.
Thank you! I just tried this and have removed the rust spots on the chrome bumper of my car. Had I not found this trick I'd have gone out and bought some expensive cream that probably wouldn't have worked. Bumper now looks as good as new. Brilliant! (04/06/2009)
Since I moved south, I had a lot of rust on my motorcycle. I tried WD-40, CLR, and they removed little rust. Good old coca-cola worked like a charm! Thanks for the tip! (09/04/2009)