Remove rust in enamel tea pot?


Rust has started in the spout of my enamel teapot right where it joins the pot. I love this pot and really want to fix it. Is there a product that can withstand the heat and be food safe?

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 21, 2021

    To remove the rust:

    Slowly stir a small amount of lemon juice into borax, a traditional natural-source laundry additive, to form a paste-like consistency. Apply the paste to the iron stain and let it set in for a few minutes. Once the paste has dried, rinse it off with water. Repeat until all the rust has been successfully removed. Dry it off with a paper towel or cloth towel. Always wear gloves when cleaning with borax since it can be harmful if it comes into contact with your skin.

    A pumice bar is another option. Pumice is a volcanic rock made of a rough textured volcanic glass. It can be used as an abrasive scrubbing and cleaning tool. First wet the pumice bar, and then the sink surface. Scrub the iron off the drain. Repeat until the iron has been removed. Rinse off with water.

    Alternatively, mix fresh squeezed lemon juice or bottled lemon juice with salt to make a coarse paste. Apply the paste to the rusted areas of the sink or tub, then let it sit undisturbed for several hours or even overnight if possible. This will allow the mixture to really set in. Scrub the rust away with a microfiber cloth or a toothbrush. Rinse it off with water, and repeat if necessary. This homemade cleaning solution leaves your sink or tub smelling fresh.

    You can also use commercial cleaning products for sink rust repair. Always read the label to make sure they are compatible with your sink or tub. Bar Keepers Friend, Limeosol, Zud and Magic Eraser are all easy-to-find cleansers that may help with rust removal. Do not use products containing bleach, however, since this is not helpful for rust removal and may even make the problem worse. You can also moisten the rough side of a sponge to scrub away

    To repair an unattractive mark or scrape on the enamel, use a food-safe epoxy. Slowly fill in the area where the porcelain is missing and gently press a piece of wax paper over the chip. Apply pressure to flatten the epoxy and work it into the metal underneath. Allow the epoxy to dry according to the manufacturer's directions or overnight.


    Here is what you can use from Amazon:

  • Remove the rust with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to make a paste. Spread the paste on the rust and let it sit. Gently use a toothbrush to scrub and then rinse.

    • Em Em on Jul 21, 2021

      That doesn't stop the rust and every time it gets wet it will come back.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 21, 2021

    Hello. Here’s a link that could be helpful. Is there a defect you need to fill besides having some rust in the seam?

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    • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 22, 2021

      I’ve been using the Oatey Epoxy stick which can be found at the bigbox hardware stores like Lowe’s for about seven dollars to repair household and craft items for over a decade.

      This wonderful putty stick rock hard could be drilled sanded and painted. It states it is it’s non-toxic in this Amazon ad. Since it’s used for plumbing pipes it might be an option to consider looking at for seam filling. Some more research may be necessary and possible practice with the putty before applying to your item.

      I’ve used to repair planters candlesticks Pottery sculpture rotten doorway wood, elliptical pedal, tub sink and so many other things and maybe something worthwhile to research.

  • Em Em on Jul 21, 2021

    They make enamel paint for appliances. See if any of them are food safe.

    • Judy Judy on Jul 22, 2021

      I've been checking some of those. They don't say if they're food safe...that would be ideal if it was safe. I've used it before on the outside but not where it needs to be food safe. It works great.

  • William William on Jul 21, 2021

    If it's inside the spout there is nothing to do the repair. All you can do it remove the rust when it forms. On the outside you can remove the rust and use appliance paint. Two part epoxy putty would also work.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jul 21, 2021

    use it for a decorating piece instead of a tea pot if you are concerned about the rust

    many of the paints for rust are not food safe

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 21, 2021

    It is most likely where the paint is coming off. Scrubbing with a steel wool pad can remove the rust but your best bet is to use it for some other purpose and purchase a new pot for heating up water and tea.

  • Judy Judy on Jul 22, 2021

    I may have to get a new one. This one is cute and my daughter gave it to me.'s kind of special.