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Rust remover

  • 1.  Rust remover

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 26 days ago
    Could anyone give me a recommendation for a rust remover for frozen steel casters?

    Thanks,

    Bob Anderson, RPT
    Tucson, AZ


  • 2.  RE: Rust remover

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 26 days ago

    Cocacola. No kidding. I took rust off my old truck bumper. It will dissolve a galvanized nail over night! Imagine what it does to your insides?!!

     

    I also used it when I worked at a marina summers during my summers to unclog uninals. You never know what drunk boaters do???

    Wow!

     

    Paul






  • 3.  RE: Rust remover

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 26 days ago
    Robert,
    Muriatic acid. This is a common ingredient used in swimming pools. Next time you dive into a swimming pool, remember, you are swimming in chlorine and muriatic acid.
    Keep in mind when using muriatic acid -- it is very caustic. Use caution -- wear rubber gloves and don't place your face above the pan of acid; you'll burn the hairs in your nose. Immerse the caster for only a few seconds -- maybe 30 to 60 seconds depending upon the strength of the acid. Rinse with water after immersion.  You should be able to purchase it at some hardware stores. I suggest you read up on muriatic acid to understand its strengths and uses.
    Roger

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    Roger Gable
    Gable Piano
    Everett WA
    425-252-5000
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  • 4.  RE: Rust remover

    Posted 26 days ago
    Hi Bob,
    I had some of those as well.
    I used a small hammer and gently tapped on the casters for a while and then stayed it with wd-40 and put some machine oil on the shaft, then kept tapping some more.
    In my case, the wheel got unstuck and I was able to disassemble the caster, clean off the rust and make it work like new again.
    Sometimes I have just bought a new set of casters to save me a lot of work.
    Peter


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    Petrus Janssen
    Peachtree City GA
    678-416-8055
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  • 5.  RE: Rust remover

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 26 days ago
    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

    Bob Anderson, RPT
    Tucson, AZ




  • 6.  RE: Rust remover

    Posted 26 days ago
    The best rust remover is Evapo-Rust. Just clean off any oil and loose rust and cover the parts in a jar or bucket. The liquid can be re-used. I use it for old car parts. It leaves the metal looking almost like new. Afterward, you slowly work the wheels free and apply some oil.

    Phil Jamison


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    Philip Jamison
    Philip Jamison Pianos
    WEST CHESTER PA
    610-696-8449
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  • 7.  RE: Rust remover

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 26 days ago
    +1 for Evapo-rust.

    I keep using the same jug over and over and It does not have a strong smell.

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    Wesley Owen
    Evanston IL
    847-257-5554
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