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How to Remove Rust Stains from Paint

HOW TO REMOVE RUST STAINS FROM PAINT – Have you ever noticed rust stains appearing through your woodwork?  This is generally caused by old nails in the wood that has been exposed to water or just dampness and have rusted inside.

If you can see rust appearing through your paint work you have a couple of choices, remove the wood and start again or clean the rust and repaint. Removing rust from paint work is surprisingly easy. In this guide we provide you you with a practical solution, that is quick and easy, for removing rust stains from paint.


[icon_bookmark][/icon_bookmark]  Step 1

Take a damp cloth, just damp, you don’t want it soaking wet. Clean the paint surface with your damp cloth and some washing up liquid or other household detergent. At this stage you are just cleaning the surface to remove any dirt, grease, grim and surface rust.


[icon_bookmark][/icon_bookmark]  Step 2

Once the surface is thoroughly clean, take a cup and put 3 tablespoons of baking powder in it and then fill 1/2 the cup with vinegar and finally add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.


[icon_bookmark][/icon_bookmark]  Step 3

You need to mix the ingredients until it becomes a a thick paste, to the consistency so that is it still pliable. If the ingredients are runny then simply add more baking powder until it is a thick paste.


[icon_bookmark][/icon_bookmark]  Step 4

Using a putty knife, paste the mixture on the rust stains until they are completely covered and leave for about 10-20 minutes.


[icon_bookmark][/icon_bookmark]  Step 5

Once you have left the ingredients on for the time required in Step 4, you can remove the paste away. This should have lifted out the rust. If there are still signs of rust then reapply some more of the paste and again leave for between 10-20 minutes and repeat.


[icon_bookmark][/icon_bookmark]  Step 6

Now that the rust has been removed you can clean down the area with a damp cloth and detergent and finally leave to dry.


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