The old standby rust remover chemicals contain either phosphoric or hydrochloric acid to dissolve the rust. They're harsh chemicals that give off some pretty intense fumes, so suit up with rubber gloves, goggles and a respirator. Find them in the paint department at any home center.
Also, what breaks down rust?
Rust, as it turns out, contains hydroxide ions . The sullphenic acid is said to break down the rust. The acetic acid content in vinegar is supposed to be the helpful hand that makes vinegar remove rust. I soaked the blade of a knife in white vinegar for 2 hours.
Is WD 40 a rust inhibitor?
WD-40® SPECIALIST® LONG-TERM CORROSION INHIBITOR protects metal parts, blocking rust and corrosion for up to one year outdoors and two years indoors. Our anti-rust spray is ideal for both preventative maintenance and use in extreme environments such as high humidity.
How do I clean rust off metal?
Try dipping aluminium foil in the vinegar and using it as a brush to scrub off the rust. It is less abrasive than steel wool, but will still do the trick in removing the rust. You can use regular vinegar and simply allow your rusty metal objects to soak in it for up to 24 hours before rinsing.