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Dealing with rust

I'm looking for the best way to deal with rust on various parts of my bike. The spokes and parts of the wheels in particular. Here's what i was thinking of doing. Steel wool the rust off as best as possible. Then polish.
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You want to use the finest steel wool that you can find with WD-40 or 3-in-1 oil to keep the marring and scratch of the chrome to a minimum. If the spokes are steel and not chromed there's little you can do but scrub and possibly pant them. I have a 1980 honda and have steel wool polished most to all of the rust off of the chrome without many problems!
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navel jelly.will help
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can u guys help me?i wanted to post a new thread on here,it said i need 3 posts?whats that and how
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If they're not chromed- or if you're not concerned about keeping the chrome- sandblast them. Steel wool and oil works fine, but if there's any pitting- even pitting starting to occur- there's no guarantee that the wool will be able to get into the pits. What can end up happening, if you refinish, is the finish will "cap" the pits and then you've simply got rust forming unseen.
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metal rescue is great...you have to buy it online...google it..$25 per gallon but it is reusable...GREAT STUFF
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there are youtube clips of metal rescue in action...check them out
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never dull seems to work for me.
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I tried EvapoRust. It's "ok" for MILD rust issues. My Metal Rescue should be in today or tomorrow. If it's a heavier rust problem, go with Metal Rescue.
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I read on another forum that tinfoil dipped in soapy water will do the trick.
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how did the metal rescue work?
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Blue Magic has something called Chrome and Metal Polish. I think. It will come in a small blue jar. The stuff worked really great on all my chrome that was pitted, and brought it back to life. I highly recommend you have good ventilation when using, and wear protective gloves. For small aluminum or steel parts use No-Rust. Again, I'm not for sure on the name. You can pick it up at Harbor Freight. Place the part in the liquid for about 30 min, then use a wire brush, and BAM, your rust is gone. I love the stuff!
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I took the wheels apart on my bike, I used a wire brush on a drill press to clean the spokes, My first thought was to spin them in the drill press and use wet & dry paper but did not want to take a chance of damaging the treads. I used a steel wire brush followed by a brass brush they came out really clean but I did remove what ever finish was left on them. After they were all clean I put 3 coats of gun blue on them followed by a couple rattle can coats of rim clear. I just used steel wool , naval jelly to clean the rims they are pretty pitted no way to get the to look like new.
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