Use Vinegar on Metal Before Painting

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If you want to paint something metal or paint concrete, wipe it down with white household vinegar first, and your paint job will last much longer.


My dad once rescued a beautiful and ornate wrought iron shelving from the dump. It was rusty and looked like it should have stayed in the dump. I previously read where if you wipe it well with vinegar, you won't have the rust come through. He used my advice and 30 years later, the shelving is as good as new.

By Elaine S. from Near Cedar Rapids, IA

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December 2, 20110 found this helpful

How interesting! I knew that you could remove rust with cola.


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December 3, 20110 found this helpful

I love vinegar, and use it for cleaning, deodorizing, etc, but this is the first time I've heard it will prevent rust - wow! Thank-you for posting this, I'll add it to the Vinegar Uses book.

November 2, 20180 found this helpful

It works great for paint prep.


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