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Old 01-16-2008, 09:15 AM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a way to remove rust from cast iron bed rails? The bed rails are antiques. I just want to clean them so I can use them, I am not worried about trying to preserve the finish or any special markings. Thanks.
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:23 AM   #2
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wd-40 and a wire brush should work well.
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:57 AM   #3
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electrolysis (spelling) and a kid's pool? This is not hair removal . Try googling electrolysis and rust/paint removal. Battery charger, water and Arm & Hammer detergent ( not baking soda). If you go this route, pay attention to safety precautions due to the gases that may be released. I did part of an old cast iron stove, but I did it outside.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:18 PM   #5
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Do you have a picture? I've never seen a cast iron bed.

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Old 01-16-2008, 03:04 PM   #6
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Ayuh,.........

I've seen Cast Iron footboards,+ headboards,..... But not rails.......

It really depends on the Finish you want to end up with,.......

If you want it back to the grey Metal state,....... Sandblasting is pretty hard to Beat........

If you're trying to knock off the heavy rust,+ then repaint it,...... A Wirebrush would probably do.......

'course,....... There's Abunch of ways to Chemically Etch it,...... 1 of which is noted above......
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Thanks everyone for your help.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:14 AM   #8
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I wire brushed the scales off some iron porch rails a few years back and brushed on "Rusty Metal Primer" and applied glossy black paint when it dried. They still looked great two years later when I sold the house. The primer was in the rustoleum area of the hardware store but I think it might have been a Red Devil product. It came in pint and quart cans. Oh yeah, I have an old farm bell I also did and it still looks great. I painted it with flat blck paint so the pitting wouldn't be obvious.
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What else do you find in the rustoleum area of the hardware store?
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