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Old 09-03-2014, 03:35 PM   #1
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I would like to find out what products are out there that will work to knockdown rust on handrails.Mostly surface rust,but the plates where they are bolted to the concrete are a bit scaly.so basically looking for a review on what you have found that works the quickest.
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40 grit sandpaper
Knocks it rite off.
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What cordless grinder do you use?
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What cordless grinder do you use?
A grinder is actually a power tool vs a hand tool, you asked about hand toolsAny grinder or drill is sufficient and will speed up the process of removing rust, just try to avoid getting too aggressive and burnishing or polishing the surface. Needle guns are also a good way to remove rust and add a slight peened profile. A bristle blaster is another option that removes paint and rust while providing a profile similar to abrasive blasting with grit.
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If you go with the wire wheel grinder wear safety glasses/goggles religiously, having metal removed from your eye is not fun.
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I prefer goggles. we have had wires get past regular safety glasses a few times and I do know the feeling of getting your eyeball polished with a dremel tool.
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I had to paint a rusted cattle coral this year. The guy started it and walked away leaving it in a field for three months before I got there. I second the 40 grit in an orbital. But with the drill brushes I had very good luck with a 1 1/2" cup type brush. The bristles conformed really well to any shape or corner.
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I carry a slag hammer in my prep grip. For smaller areas, it will bust out any rust scale. For larger areas, I like the needle gun or roto peen.
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I would like to find out what products are out there that will work to knockdown rust on handrails.Mostly surface rust,but the plates where they are bolted to the concrete are a bit scaly.so basically looking for a review on what you have found that works the quickest.
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I carry a slag hammer in my prep grip. For smaller areas, it will bust out any rust scale. For larger areas, I like the needle gun or roto peen.
Yep. Needle gun or air chisel on heavy scale. Haven't tried the roto peen.

If you have tons of rust to remove over a lot of surface area, it's hard to beat an abrasive blast.

Sandpaper, wire brush on mild surface rust. Using a rust converter might also come in handy for that kind of thing.
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