Asked on May 20, 2019

How can I remove rust from a 50 year old outside thermometer?

OhhhdearKmdreamerLisa S.


how can i remove rust from a 50 year old outdoor thermoter

5 answers
  • Elizabeth L. Popiel
    on May 20, 2019

    Navel jelly (from a good hardware store). Slow work with a toothbrush and old T shirt scraps. FINE steelwool....but be careful! You might reduce it's value!! OLD RUST is SO "IN"!

  • Redcatcec
    on May 20, 2019

    WD40 works too, be sure to wear plastic/vinyl gloves.

  • Lisa S.
    on May 20, 2019

    Navel jelly- from a hardware store.

  • Kmdreamer
    on May 20, 2019

    Brasso it’s a cream cleaner it cleans very well try using that to take the bus stuff it does clean was very well

  • Ohhhdear
    on May 27, 2019

    If the mercury thermometer is intact, mark the 0 degrees spot on the glass before removing the thermometer. Then soak the metal in white vinegar overnight. The mild arctic acid in the vinegar dissolved the rust. However, you must coat the cleaned metal with a light coat of mineral oil or it will quickly rust again. Then remount the glass thermometer in its original position.

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