How To Remove Rust From Your Bicycle | Clean Your Bike With Household Products

– Now rust is a terrible thing. Once it appears, you
know you’re in trouble. It’s not just gonna disappear
or fall off magically, nope none of that. It’s not that common these
days on modern bikes, modern pieces of equipment, but it can still happen. Well, maybe in fact,
you’ve got an old part that you’re trying to
restore to its formal glory. Let’s see if we can combat it. So, how can we actually get rid of rust? Well, you can try keeping your bike clean and dry at all times. Not that practical though for those of us who like to ride a bike, is it? Especially if you ride it a lot. However, today we’re gonna see if we’ve got two products
that are available worldwide, well practically anyway, there’s a couple of
countries that don’t sell one of the products. And they’re also available
at a very low cost. So, today we’re gonna
see if this white vinegar or this sparkling soft drink
with vegetable extracts combusts the rust. Or just clean it off. So, what are you gonna need for this? Some of this, a very well known soft drink. If you can’t get that,
which is quite surprising, I think there’s only two
countries in the world that don’t sell it, some of this, white vinegar. Available in grocery stores
and supermarkets worldwide. Not a problem with that. A little container to put the fluid into, some aluminium foil, or aluminium. And an old toothbrush
always comes in handy. So first up, I’m gonna try the soft drink and the method, very simple, you simply pour into a little container. Pretty cheap so you can put in a fair bit. Rip off some of your foil, fold up a little bit, you want the shiniest
side facing outwards, dip it into the soft drink, and then simply a case of
rubbing it onto the part where the rust is. Now the level of rust will determine how much elbow grease, or how much effort, you’re gonna have to put into it. But you’ll see straight
away that that rust comes off very easily. So, just keep going and
soon it’ll come off nicely. Right. So, I’ve got this soft drink, I’ve got the aluminium foil, I’ve got a rusty bike, let’s see if we can get rid of that rust. As you can see I’ve found
another rusty old relic. I’m gonna see if the soft drink can get rid of the rust
of Mr. Tom Last’s bike. (downtempo music) Now if you’ve got some small parts that are heavily corroded with rust, may well be worthwhile
actually just putting them in, submerging them for a few hours, and then removing them, and then with a toothbrush, and your foil, actually working that around and trying to get that rust off. Helps actually get into all those nooks and crannies of the parts. So once you’re finished make sure that you give whatever it is you’ve been busting the rust from a good clean with water
and dry it thoroughly. I have actually heard of
things being dissolved if it’s left in this for too long. It’s quite scary really. Okay, so next up is the white vinegar. It’s exactly the same
process as the soft drink. Simply a case of pouring
it into a container and then I recommend actually for this wearing a glove ’cause the vinegar does kick off a fair bit and you don’t want your
hand smelling like that. It’s not pleasant. And then, get yourself that
tin foil, or aluminium foil, aluminium foil, whatever
you want to call it, dip it in the vinegar, and then simply rub it onto the rust effected area. And it will come off with ease. I’m here with Dan Lloyd’s
very own Schwinn Stingray. You may all recognise it
from one of the GCN videos. He’s got a bit of rust here on his rear fender. So, I’m gonna see how the
white vinegar tackles it. Watch to find out. (downtempo music) Now for reference, for something like this, stainless steel bolt I wouldn’t bother I would just go out and buy some new ones. It’s much quicker, it’s much easier, and you’re not gonna get the same results as going out and buying some new ones. However, where I can recommend it is if you’ve got some bigger parts, some vintage parts, maybe an uncommon thread size, it’s worth giving it a go. However, just be very cautious. The vinegar as well as the soft drink has a very high content of acid. So, that can actually tarnish,
or damage, the products and as previously said, if submerged for too long
can actually dissolve it. So, you don’t want that happening. If you’ve got a vintage part, an old part, something that’s valuable, basically if you can’t
afford to lose that, then don’t submerge it for too long. A short while, maybe
an hour, hour, or two, something like that, you’ll be fine. But any longer than that, don’t hold me responsible. So, I want to hear how you combat rust with or without household products down in the comments below. Remember to like and share this video. In fact, share it with a friend who’s got a rusty bike or anything rusty for that matter. Click here to subscribe to
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