Bicycles have existed for over a hundred years, and have been a necessity means of transport for generations now. Do you own a bike that has not been used for a while now? Does your bike suffer from rust that makes it a complete turn off from its sheer shine? If so, you visited the right page to read and get knowledge from. Let’s remove the stale and give your bike a complete makeover!
The first the you need to do before trying to remove rust from your bike is to check for the areas that you need to clean.
Step 1: mix water and baking soda.
Baking soda if one of the most minor rust removal, just combine this with equal parts water and stir continuously until the mixture becomes a paste. If rusting is more sever a squirt of lemon juice could help in scraping it off.
Step 2: apply the paste to the rusted areas
Using a brush or a cloth apply the past to the rusted parts, an important thing to take note is to not scrub it immediately, let it soak for at least 15 minutes. This is to enable the mixture to breakdown the rust.
Step 3: scrub the parts with rust
After soaking you should scrub the parts with rust using a scrub pad or an old unused brush. During scrubbing you should see the rust fall off the metal. If unsuccessful you could soak it once again and apply more force in scrubbing.
Step 4: wiping off
After scrubbing you should wait at least 10 minutes before wiping it off. This is to enable the baking soda to act on the rust that are not scrubbed off. Using a clean cloth wipe the bike dry to prevent further rusting. If steps are done and there is still rust, just repeat it until you are satisfied with the results.
Step 5: Pour the White Vinegar Into a Spray Bottle
Grab a spray bottle and pour the white vinegar inside. Why use vinegar? It is because vinegar is an acetic acid that is acidic enough to help in dissolving the rust problem in your bicycle. Now, get a spoonful of baking soda left from what you hadn’t used before and add it to the vinegar in the spray bottle. This makes the solution a more corrosive one.
Step 6: spray the rusted part on your bike
After mixing the vinegar-baking soda solution, spray it across the complete rust patch. It is ideal to make sure an even coating of the solution is sprayed to surely eliminate the stale part. You can also use a sponge, or perhaps wire brush, when you have one, to scrub and get rid of the dull, rusted parts. Just be sure to brush slowly and surely to avoid unwanted scratches on the good side of the bike.
Removing minimal tarnished parts is as easy as 1-2-3. These were just some tips that might help you save a rusty bike.
There are a lot of ways to protect your bike rom rusting, you could find bike skins or paint that could provide water repelling effects, and this would protect your bike from the weather. Also, it is important to store your bike properly after using it. leaving it exposed outside would for sure cause it to rust.