How to Remove Rust from a Bicycle

If your old bike has been gathering dust in the shed, it’s likely to have been affected by rust too. Learn how to get rid of rust from your bicycle so that you can get back into cycling.

Why do things rust?

Rust appears or is formed when iron and iron alloys react with oxygen and water, causing corrosion. Eventually, the metal with transform entirely into rust and fall apart. You don’t want that happening to your lovely bike, now, do you?

Rust removal solutions

When it comes to removing rust from your bicycle you have two main options: using a rust converter solution or a rust remover.

Rust converter

The Neutrarust 661® Rust Converter is the original rust converter developed over 40 years ago and approved for military use by both the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and NATO. Read more about its history here.

Our rust converter is a mineral acid free rust treatment which neutralises corrosion on ferrous materials and also acts as a pre-coating solution.

Start by removing any loose flakes or high spots of rust using a wire brush or scraper. Clean the surface that you will be treating if necessary to make sure it’s not covered in oil from the bicycle chain or any grime. Don’t remove all traces or rust as the rust converter will need these to work.

Stir the solution well and put a small amount in a plastic container. Using a brush, pick up some of the solution and apply it to the bicycle, covering all affected areas. Do not pour any left-over solution from the plastic container back into the original container to avoid contaminating it.

The product will be touch dry to a primer in 20 to 45 minutes.

See the full technical data sheet for detailed usage instructions.

Rust remover

Our rust remover is available both as a liquid and as a gel. We recommend the gel for this application.

The Neutrarust rust remover gel is highly effective and fast acting. It neutralises rust and leaves a phosphate coating which should then be painted over to protect the treated surface. It is non-toxic and ideal for vertical surfaces such as those found on a bike, as it sticks to the surface.

The application process is similar to that for the rust converter above, however, contact time should be just 5 to 30 minutes. See the full details and instructions here.

How to keep your bike rust free?

Once rust has been removed and the surface has been correctly treated (where necessary), proper storage becomes essential to avoid further issues.

Make sure to clean your bicycle after use so that it is not covered in water, wet mud, or sand. If washing your bike, please pat it down and ensure it is thoroughly dry before putting it away.

If storing your bike in the shed or garage, check that there is adequate ventilation but also that there are no gaps or holes that would allow rain in. Consider covering your bike with a waterproof cover just to be safe.

Need any help or advice?

Contact us now with any questions and we’ll be able to recommend the best Neutrarust product for your needs.