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Removing rust

I have rust on posts and poppets that I am trying to remove.

I have done a soaks of them in vinegar and baking soda and it has removed a lot, but I can get all of it off the poppet even with a toothbrush.

Any suggestions/products for get the rust out of the crevasses?

I’ve never done it myself, but it seems tha CLR is made for this task.

An electrolysis soak followed by a soak in StarSan.

You can get a small wire brush that looks like a toothbrush. They’ll clean the rust off. Look them up under gun cleaning; or try a hunting supply. You should be able to pick one up for under $5.

I believe you need to find a SS brush or you risk causing more harm?

Correct, and use it only on SS.

I believe you need to find a SS brush or you risk causing more harm?[/quote]
I did not know this. What happens?

I was reading about removing rust with Bartender’s Friend since it is an acid based cleaner. Any reason not to try giving a soak in this?

BKF will not hurt them. Soaking may not help them either. Usually BKF is rubbed on SS to clean/shine it.

You are getting to the point of investing more time/money in these than if you would buy replacements.

I believe you need to find a SS brush or you risk causing more harm?[/quote]
I did not know this. What happens?[/quote]

It can imbed steel particles, causing rust to form. The same can happen when SS is in contact with various forms of steel over a period of time.

Rust can also transfer to aluminum, brass, bronze…

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