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#357662 - 15th Oct 2009 3:11pm Removing rust with vinegar
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This really works! Heard about it, but was never sure. Vinegar is about 40p for a big bottle, so it makes total financial sense.
Will be trying this out on a seized brake caliper.

http://wiki.retro-rides.org/removing_rust_with_vinegar.ashx
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#365827 - 15th Nov 2009 6:40pm Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: DavidB]
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Wow, only just seen this hahahaha.


Theres one or 2 spots of rust in my engine bay that Id like to deal with. Cant really take them off though (Bolts etc)

Ill give it a go at some point, layering it on and leaving it for a bit, see if it has the same effect wink
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#365885 - 16th Nov 2009 12:21am Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: MGCraig]
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wow, impressive.

Gotta try that
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#365905 - 16th Nov 2009 10:02am Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: BMW Joe]
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Good for descaling the kettle too grin
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#365906 - 16th Nov 2009 10:04am Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: MissGuided]
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Originally Posted By: Snooze
Good for descaling the kettle too grin


Just remember to wash it out before making a brew raftl
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#365908 - 16th Nov 2009 10:07am Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: StuyMac]
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Is that where I'm going wrong? think
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#365909 - 16th Nov 2009 10:08am Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: MissGuided]
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It might be the reason why you need 18 sugars to make it drinkable raftl
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#365910 - 16th Nov 2009 10:10am Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: StuyMac]
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Note to self...
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#365979 - 16th Nov 2009 12:35pm Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: MGCraig]
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Originally Posted By: MGCraig
Theres one or 2 spots of rust in my engine bay that Id like to deal with. Cant really take them off though (Bolts etc)


I know where there is a car sized tank but don't know how you can transport the vinegar!
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#366000 - 16th Nov 2009 12:57pm Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: MGCraig]
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Originally Posted By: MGCraig
Wow, only just seen this hahahaha.


Theres one or 2 spots of rust in my engine bay that Id like to deal with. Cant really take them off though (Bolts etc)

Ill give it a go at some point, layering it on and leaving it for a bit, see if it has the same effect wink
Your car has rust??? Quite frankly I'm shocked!!
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#366151 - 16th Nov 2009 4:01pm Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: MissGuided]
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Yeah, british made bolts I assume raftl

Just ones around the front of the bay, where water and things can get in.


And dont give me Crap about how the Micra is better.... Mine was rusty as in the bay when I got it somad
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#367273 - 20th Nov 2009 7:28pm Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: MGCraig]
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I did try this:

Four bottles of Aldi vinegar (I nearly dropped the lot in the shop):



Use some kind of container and put rusty stuff in (this case, one v.rusty caliper, one new but surface rust caliper):



Put vinegar on:



Couple o' days later:



The 'clean' caliper had a surface of rust from the other caliper, but it had removed the original surface rust, and the oil/grease:



Tougher rust, wasn't so good, but the rust felt looser:



Wire brush brought some of it off:





Let it dry out with boiling hot water, and then gave it a proper going over and then painted it.

Did a couple more new ones, which cleaned the grease off:



The verdict = good for slightly rusty components, not that great on very rusty stuff.

Will try home-made electrolyting next!!
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#367277 - 20th Nov 2009 7:31pm Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: DavidB]
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White vinigar any good?

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#367279 - 20th Nov 2009 7:34pm Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: MattLFC]
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Not too sure, think it's the high acidic content in malt vinegar that does it, but can't say on other types.

Using an adjustable battery charger in cleaning soda/water is the next mission.
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#367389 - 21st Nov 2009 10:46am Re: Removing rust with vinegar [Re: DavidB]
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dissapointed by that

was hoping you'd have some really shiny calipers
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