How to Remove Rust from Chrome

A chrome finish on your appliances adds a shiny, protective coating to the metal. While these look stunning when brand new, the aesthetics quickly diminish once rust takes over. In this article, we will look at how to remove rust from chrome surfaces, whether they are used for your kitchen taps, bike, or anything else.

Why does chrome rust?

Chrome is supposed to work as a protective layer against rust, so why does it still rust? 

In most circumstances, it is actually the metal beneath the chrome that is rusting due to the chrome plating being damaged from scratches or dents. This then allows water and oxygen from the air to react with the metal, causing the corrosion process.

Can rust be removed from chrome

Fortunately, those rust stains that you see on your chrome surfaces don’t have to stay there forever. It is surprisingly easy to remove rust from chrome, and you can do it very quickly. An effective method to use is to treat the chrome with a quality rust remover solution.

Neutrarust Rust Remover Gel and Liquid

Neutrarust’s rust remover solutions require minimum surface preparation. Depending on the chrome surface being treated, a gel or liquid will be the better choice for the application. 

Neutrarust® Highly Effective Rust Remover Gel

The rust remover gel is ideal for chrome surfaces that are vertical or at an angle. This is due to its Non-Drip Formula preventing the solution from dripping down. 

Before applying the gel, the rusted surface should be stripped of old paint, loose chrome and loose rust with a wire brush or steel wool. A suitable degreaser should also be used to remove traces of grease and oil to allow a good reaction with the solution. 

The required amount of gel should then be poured into a plastic container and applied to the rust, leaving for around 20 minutes before being rinsed off with clean water. Should any rust remain on the surface, you can repeat the process until it has been completely removed.

Neutrarust® Rust Remover Gel leaves a ready to paint phosphate coating after its application, which should be painted over within 48 hours of the rust removal treatment.

Neutrarust® Highly Effective Rust Remover Liquid

The rust remover liquid is ideal for chrome surfaces that can be fully immersed in the solution. 

Before immersing in the liquid, the rusted surface should be stripped of old paint and loose rust with a wire brush or steel wool. A suitable degreaser should also be used to remove traces of grease and oil to allow a good reaction with the solution. 

The required amount of liquid should then be poured into a plastic container and applied to the rust, leaving for around 20 minutes before being rinsed off with clean water. Should any rust remain on the surface, you can repeat the process until it has been completely removed.

Neutrarust® Rust Remover Liquid leaves a ready to paint phosphate coating after its application, which should be painted over within 48 hours of the rust removal.