Do you own a rusty bicycle that spends most of its time sitting at the back of your garage? Or have you recently inherited one that requires some serious restoration? If so, read on to find out how to quickly restore your bike to its former glory!
Bike frames, wheel rims and gears are often made from steel which is vulnerable to rusting. The elements in rainwater, salt on the streets and other materials can sometimes cause rust to build on your bike and eat away at the metal, especially if it’s exposed. Most bikes are painted and the paint will prevent air exposure to the bare metal, although, over time, the paint starts to peel off and exposes the metal underneath.
Step 1: Identifying rusted parts
Before you decide on a plan of attack, carefully check your bike to see which areas require de-rusting and consider how to tackle different parts. Removing rust from moving parts such as gears and wheel rims is more intricate (and more of a safety issue) than removing rust from the frame. Any rust on the frame is likely to be purely cosmetic, but check for any cracks that could seriously affect its stability! You may need to discard your bike if such issues are found, or at least seek an expert opinion.
Step 2: Removing the rust
Start by removing or adjusting any parts of your bike that obstruct the area that you need to de-rust. Also consider removing or covering parts that could be harmed by the cleaning process, such as brake cables. Remove any loose pieces of paint and rust, using a strong wire brush, steel wool or a sponge scourer — then you’re ready to apply Jenolite Rust Remover or Rust Converter, depending on your preference.
Step 3: Applying Jenolite Rust Remover or Rust Converter
You can use either Jenolite Rust Remover or Jenolite Rust Converter to restore your bike, depending on how rusty it is. One application of our rust converter will react with rust to convert it to a stable compound, ready to paint over without wiping or rinsing away. Jenolite Rust Converter is a suitable remedy for lightly rusted areas, but for thicker rust, Jenolite Rust Remover is your best option.
After applying, leave it to work and simply wipe away to reveal a sparking surface that’s ready to be painted over! If you need to remove rust from any small working parts — such as your gear cogs, nuts and bolts — you can immerse them in Jenolite Rust Remover. Just pour the required amount into a suitable plastic container, place your rusty items in the liquid and let Jenolite Rust Remover do the hard work!
Protecting your bike from future rust
Once you’ve de-rusted your bike, painted over it and restored it to its former self, it would be wise to protect it from future rust attacks. Jenolite Waxoil is a thick, waxy, rustproofing fluid that’s perfect for providing an extra layer of protection for bikes and other metal items. Waxoil protects metals by shielding the surfaces from the ingress of water and air. Spray direct to metal to provide it with a flexible, weatherproof skin that doesn’t crack, dry out or wash off in the rain! Buy Jenolite Waxoil now.
To find out more about our products and begin busting that rust, check out our complete Rust Remover range right here.