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Asked on May 21, 2015

How can I get the rust stains off of this 1950's metal lid?

Bert MillerSue MonroeRobin Miller Cresci


It was sitting with the lid upside down and exposed to indoor air for years. The metal is shiny like it is stainless steel yet it rusted. The metal on the lazy susan didn't rust at. See photos below
q how to get rust stains off of 1950 s metal lid, cleaning tips, how to, repurposing upcycling
q how to get rust stains off of 1950 s metal lid, cleaning tips, how to, repurposing upcycling
13 answers
  • Leigh Rowan
    on May 22, 2015

    vinegar and/or baking soda is a natural scrubber. I have also used salt, but not knowing the coating that might not be good. I would also get a mr clean white scrubber.

  • Adell
    on May 22, 2015

    You could try a cleaner called CLR, it is really good at cleaning a lot of things and I know it works on some things like it took off the rust from my bathroom sink and tub, that were Porecelin.

  • Renee
    on May 22, 2015

    I've heard soaking in vinegar will remove rust...but I've not tried it

  • Della Annette
    on May 22, 2015

    leigh is right....baking soda scrub with vinegar.

  • Swan Road Designs
    on May 22, 2015

    Don't want to be a wet blanket here but your lid could be aluminum and, if that's the case, all that you'll probably be able to do is to slightly diminish the pitted "feel" of the lid. As for the lazy susan, I'm pretty certain it is chrome and not at all the same metal as the lid.

  • Jill
    on May 22, 2015

    Soak it in coca cola

  • Carol Potts
    on May 23, 2015

    I have used TarnX on items like this and it will clean it up.

  • 9530106
    on May 23, 2015

    I use good old SOS pads for this type of thing. They will not scratch, but will remove the tarnish and rust. As others have said, there may still be some pitting that can't be removed.

  • Paul Gauthier
    on May 24, 2015

    It looks like it could be pitted, also. Some of the answers here are good ones and if you can get the heavy stuff off and find that it is certainly stainless steel, try some SOS pads. I use it all the time on stainless and it does NOT leave abrasive marks.

  • Ryta Power
    on May 24, 2015

    Have you tried a Magic Eraser. They truly are amazing!

  • Robin Miller Cresci
    on May 25, 2015

    I have heard that the acid in Cola will help treat rust. Its worth a try?!

  • Sue Monroe
    on May 26, 2015

    My dad used Coca Cola to remove rust. He said it had to be the original Coke, not diet or other brands. I use Hydrogen Peroxide to remove rust around my bathroom sink faucet. Squirt a little on, let it bubble up & wipe it off when it gets loosened up. Doesn't harm the faucet.

  • Bert Miller
    on May 29, 2015

    Try WD-40 and a very fine steel wool. The WD-40 can be washed off. It is a rust remover.

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