Foil for rust?

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AndyA

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 24, 2017
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Another option is bronze wool. It is softer than steel wool so it doesn't scratch the chrome. It is much more expensive than aluminum foil, but I think it knocks the rust off a bit quicker. Also, using chrome polish in lieu of water with either aluminum foil or bronze wool may leave behind some protective layer (anybody have an info on that?)
 

marching_out

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 3, 2017
349
53
Warsaw, USA
Foil with Mothers Chrome polish is all I use. Although I will say, you have to be careful on cheap chrome. It will scratch so try it on an inconspicuous location. Old Schwinn chrome...the combo works fantastic.
 
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vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,831
crown point<indiana
foil is one method although not very efficient.The video shows a really light coat of rust. There are much easier and better ways of removing rust,Especially that really light stuff
 
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piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
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foil is one method although not very efficient.The video shows a really light coat of rust. There are much easier and better ways of removing rust,Especially that really light stuff

When the rust gets heavier, I break out the bar keepers friend and foil.

I used a lot of it on this to get it looking like it did in the preceding photo.

The paint was a completely different story.
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Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
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Not bike related, but...
At first I was skeptical that it would work.
But with wads of foil, soap and water knocked the rust off this truck wheel. I will agree with @1motime , great for non detailed surfaces.
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Duxrule

On Training Wheels
May 17, 2020
4
64
Castle Rock WA
foil is one method although not very efficient.The video shows a really light coat of rust. There are much easier and better ways of removing rust,Especially that really light stuff
Can you share what some of those might be?
 
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dtaylor613

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 6, 2020
49
30
Raleigh NC
I personally found best results using aluminum foil balls for getting bulk rust off, and then following up with 000/0000 steel wool. I used a chrome polish while doing both. It definitely helps and gives things a little more lubrication/slide
 

Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,609
Shawnee, United States
The acid in Coca Cola works well too. Has any one used OA with foil?
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,620
Central Arizona
The acid in Coca Cola works well too. Has any one used OA with foil?
If you read the can of Coke it contains Phosphoric Acid. So why mess with a sticky sugar camel colored soft drink to clean chrome? I've used Chrome Polish from Turtle Wax and foil together an it works okay.
 
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Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,609
Shawnee, United States
The acid in the Coke itself will clean up the rust. Used to turn rusty milk cans upside down and pour Coke into the rim. Let it set for a few days and the tops would come right off. It just adds another ingredient and quickens the process. I once tried it on some boat trailer fenders. I never experienced a sticky mess. I just mentioned it as alternative. I don't use it, it's too expensive and I'd rather drink it. But....
 
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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
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I tried the foil method and did not like it as much as bronze wool and WD40 for mechanical removal of rust. For chemical removal, I like Evaporust (first choice) or Oxalic Acid (also works, but a little trickier to use). Be careful about using aluminum foil with any polish or chemical that has ammonia in it.
 

gtown

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 16, 2020
16
55
Stafford
I tried the foil method and did not like it as much as bronze wool and WD40 for mechanical removal of rust. For chemical removal, I like Evaporust (first choice) or Oxalic Acid (also works, but a little trickier to use). Be careful about using aluminum foil with any polish or chemical that has ammonia in it.
I appreciate the technical expertise.
 
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