When you buy chrome-plated metal parts, you’d like to hope they’ll stay rust-free and retain their shine forever. This sadly isn’t always the case. If you’re wondering how to get rust off chrome and other delicate metals such as brass, copper, and aluminium, Jenolite Non-Hazardous Rust Remover is here to help you to restore them to their former glory! Its non-hazardous formula also means you can tackle rust removal jobs more safely than alternative chemicals as you don’t need to use any protective equipment, gloves, or eyewear.
First, let’s talk about chrome
How do you get rust off chrome? Well, before we get started, it’s helpful to understand that chrome isn’t solid metal. It’s a thin plating that sits on top of a metal surface, giving objects that high-end look. Chrome is designed to ease cleaning and increase surface hardness, as well as help to prevent corrosion and general wear and tear. It’s also designed to have a high shine, sought after by people who are attracted to the mirror-like finish.
When it seems that a chrome object has rusted — strictly speaking — it hasn’t. The chrome layer has actually corroded, exposing the metal underneath. Treating this corroded metal will prevent it from spreading further.
How to clean rust from chrome — the steps to success:
Step 1. Preparation
If the chrome surface is peeling off, this is something to tackle first. Lightly sand or remove the peeled areas before you get started.
Step 2: Choosing the right product for the job
If there are small areas of rust and corrosion on the chrome, Jenolite Non-Hazardous Rust Remover is perfect for the job. Quick and easy to use, it’s suitable for removing small areas of rust on chrome-plated household items, through to cars, bikes, and motorbikes, whilst the non-toxic, biodegradable formula means you can be more environmentally friendly.
You can simply pour the solution into a plastic container and immerse small items. If you need a larger application, our rust remover can be applied by a soft paintbrush or by covering the area with strong paper towels soaked in the solution and covered with plastic sheeting to allow the solution to work its magic! It can also be sprayed into hard-to-reach areas.
Step 3: Let Jenolite do the hard work
Jenolite Non-Hazardous Rust Remover can work in as few as 4 hours - but for best results, it can be best to leave it for up to 24 hours. It doesn’t have to be hard graft removing rust from chrome after all! Once you can see the rust has separated from the surface you can wipe it away.
How to remove heavy rust from chrome
When the rust is quite substantial on chrome or metals you might be tempted to use Jenolites Standard Rust Remover if the Non-Hazardous isn’t doing the job. However, this isn’t the recommended option as chrome and delicate metals are not used to withstanding more harsh products. Instead, repeat the above process again and this should effectively remove your rust.
Did you know our metal polish is suitable for metals including delicate chrome? Use after removing rust to get rid of watermarks and add another barrier of protection.
To find out more about our products and begin busting that rust, check out our complete Rust Remover range right here.
We hope this article has helped you to solve your rusty chrome issues. We’d love to hear your feedback and see your restorations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so get in touch!