Getting surface rust off of tubing easily !

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Don’t know if you guys knew but if you use drywall sanding sheets (the screen type) it does a super job of taking surface rust off round tubing. A 10 pack is usually about $12 and I get 3 out of each sheet cause I cut them in thirds.

That is what I used to clean up the Desert Karts Panther that was sitting outside a few years or more. It took one afternoon to clean strip and paint. It looks completely different now.

I can try and do a demonstration of before and after in a few days when I’m off again.
 

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I like to use a grinder with a wire wheel, flap disk, or something like 60 or 80 grit sand paper for areas where the grinder cannot get to.
 

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Another thing that works nicely is plumbing sanding screen for cleaning copper pipe. Comes on a long roll. I really like it because you can tear off a longer strip and get nice long strokes out of it. I use it at work a lot on machine shafts and stuff.
 

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Another thing that works nicely is plumbing sanding screen for cleaning copper pipe. Comes on a long roll. I really like it because you can tear off a longer strip and get nice long strokes out of it. I use it at work a lot on machine shafts and stuff.

I use vinegar to clean my copper pipe. I guess that's for a different forum.

However vinegar is a gnarly rust remover.
 

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I use vinegar to clean my copper pipe. I guess that's for a different forum.

However vinegar is a gnarly rust remover.

Vinegar is excellent for cleaning it, but roughing up the surface a bit gives the solder a better bond.

Vinegar is also a gnarly corrosive agent, and if not cleaned off promptly will make your rust even worse.
 

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Another thing that works nicely is plumbing sanding screen for cleaning copper pipe. Comes on a long roll. I really like it because you can tear off a longer strip and get nice long strokes out of it. I use it at work a lot on machine shafts and stuff.

Same thing.
 
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