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Old 07-11-2009, 02:41 PM
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Default Best way to remove surface rust from bolts

I've been a bad owner and left my bike outside a lot.
I have a good spot indoors to park her but now I have some rust to deal with.

The head of some bolts (just inside where the torx or Allen would fit) have rusted. Also when I installed my forward controls I noticed some rust on the bottom.
What's the best way to remove the rust and is there a way to so it without removing the bolt?
I didn't want to use steel wool because it would scratch everything up.
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Check out this web site... http://www.ridrust.com/

Alternately, Harbor Freight sells gallon jugs of Evapo-Rust, which looks like it might be the exact same thing.


A friend of mine bought 4 gallons of the Safest Rust Remover from ridrust ^, set up a kiddie pool with a small fountain pump and derusted some old cycle parts. It's spooky how well it works.
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a good chrome polish will do minor rust.
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these people make some good stuff.

http://www.por15.com/
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A good rust remover and a toothbrush will work. Then use clear fingernail polish on them to keep them from doing it again. Just don't glob it on there too thick.
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Had the same problem on my '03 Superglide with the chrome hand controls I installed. The bolt heads rusted where the allen wrench goes. I used naval jelly to remove and neutralize the corrosion then put a coat of wax with a q-tip in the bolt heads. I then put some clear fingernail polish in the heads. That way you can remove it with polish remover if you need to remove the bolts. Was still working good when I traded it in.
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The easiest is WD-40,
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WD-40 and Q-tips. clean out the recesses with one end and wipe the recess with clean WD-40 with the other end of the Q-Tip.
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the easiest is wd-40,
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wd-40 and q-tips. Clean out the recesses with one end and wipe the recess with clean wd-40 with the other end of the q-tip.
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