How do you clean rust from peeling of a decorative lantern?

by Beth

This is not an expensive piece but I have 3 lanterns in different sizes.

  11 answers
  • Janice Janice on Oct 11, 2022

    Hello Beth, my suggestion would be to scurb the peeling paint & rust with baking soda, a bit of water and a stiff scrub brush. After scrubbing well, rinse and dry, then paint whatever color you want the lanterns to be usng a protective spray paint. Spray in light coats with a few minutes in between or as d directed on the can label.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 11, 2022

    Scrub off the rust with a stiff brush or a scrubbie and water. Rinse with plain water and dry it off. You can paint it with Krylon or Rustoleum in thin coats. Let dry between each coat, then a clear sealant by either company would protect it.

  • Use sandpaper to remove the rust, then you can repaint the lanterns.

  • Dee Dee on Oct 11, 2022

    Rustoleum makes a great rust remover.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 11, 2022

    Hi Beth: Try making a paste of salt and white vinegar. Put it on the area and let it dry and then brush it off. Do it again if the rust is still there.

    Good luck

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 12, 2022

    Use a wire brush to remove all that is loose then clean with naval jelly.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 12, 2022

    Ball up a piece of clean foil and rub that over the lantern. I did this on my dad's walker and it made it look like new. Removed the rust and added a nice shine at the same time.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 13, 2022

    Wire wool it or Sand it off, or use Hamerite Paint strIGHT ON IT!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Oct 13, 2022

    You could try Brillo or the brass cleaner brasso will. Lean rust off sold on amazon

  • Deb K Deb K on Dec 02, 2022

    Hi Beth, hope this helps you out, you could try to clean the rust with vinegar or steel wool. Then paint coat it with rustoleum to prevent any new rust from forming