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

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

  • Leigh Rowan
    Leigh Rowan Fort Wayne, IN
    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
    Adell Roseville, MI
    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
    Renee Jacksonville, FL
    on May 22, 2015

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

  • Della Annette
    Della Annette Los Angeles, CA
    on May 22, 2015

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

  • Swan Road Designs
    Swan Road Designs Sedalia, KY
    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.

  • on May 22, 2015

    I agree with Swan Road Designs, it's most likely chrome or chrome plated. I looks oxidized, which is why it seems rusted. You could clean it up and have it re-chromed, but I don't know a DIY way to do that. PS baking soda might scratch the chrome and leave it looking hazy.

    • Swan Road Designs
      Swan Road Designs Sedalia, KY
      on May 22, 2015

      @Juju (Journeys With Juju) I was referring to the lazy susan as chrome, not the lid, which I suggested to the original poster that it might be aluminum.

  • Jill
    Jill Belfair, WA
    on May 22, 2015

    Soak it in coca cola

  • Carol Potts
    Carol Potts Alliance, OH
    on May 23, 2015

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

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl North Platte, NE
    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
    Paul Gauthier Madison, NC
    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
    Ryta Power
    on May 24, 2015

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

  • Robin Miller Cresci
    Robin Miller Cresci Mendocino, CA
    on May 25, 2015

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

  • Sue Monroe
    Sue Monroe Sandy, UT
    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
    Bert Miller Independence, MO
    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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