Removing rust from mail slot

by Debbie
When we built our home, I chose our brass mail slot for its appearance and functionality. Over time, however, the brass has rusted. Besides researching the purchase of a brass rust remover, I was wondering if any Hometalkers had creative inexpensive ideas ?
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  9 answers
  • Wendy Jarvis Wendy Jarvis on Sep 22, 2016
    Ketchup work on cleaning brass. The higher the vinegar content the better. Bush it on let it sit away test a small spot to see if it has been on long enough. use a cloth with dish soap and water to wipe away any other excess. this comes with a cost. the area will smell like ketchup for a day or two. I did this on tarnished brass kick plates at my church. Once in a while I can smell the tomato/vinegar smell . Bit it is likely only because I know what I did no one else smells it.

    • MAS MAS on Sep 23, 2016
      we have brass outdoor porch lighting and they all have rusted also, will the ketchup work on these?

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Sep 22, 2016 gives a how to remove and protect the metal from tarnishing again

  • Wendy Jarvis Wendy Jarvis on Sep 23, 2016
    Yes!, try on a spot the faces the wall first

  • No Minimalist Here No Minimalist Here on Sep 23, 2016
    Vitamin C works to remove rust. Crush C tablets and add water to make a paste. Rub on and wait 30 minutes. Take a soft brush or toothbrush and go over rust then rinse.

  • Elizabeth Dion Elizabeth Dion on Sep 23, 2016
    Coca Cola and a Brillo pad has always worked for me!

  • Linda Santo Linda Santo on Sep 24, 2016
    Brass doesn't rust it tarnishes. It looks like tarnish probably under the clear coat of sealer that was originally put on to keep the brass from tarnishing. I'd use a stripper, take off the old clear coating, clean the brass with any of the methods above or tarnish remover and re-coat with a clear sealer. None of the tarnish remover methods will work until you get through the topcoat.

  • One8414992 One8414992 on Sep 25, 2016
    scrub it well using a Brill pad and then spray paint several coats your color choice.

  • Shawna Bailey Shawna Bailey on Oct 05, 2016
    tomato paste and white vinegar actually takes the tarnish off bass pretty well. use an abrasive brush.

  • J.b. kelly J.b. kelly on Oct 17, 2016
    I use a very fine steel wool ,00000, clean first by scrubbing with it. then polish by using it with brasso,finish by buffing then a topcoat sealant