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#136266 - Sun Mar 29 2009 07:10 PM removing rust stains from a porcelain sign?
Signs-R-Us Offline
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Registered: Sat Sep 03 2005
Loc: Carolina's
What is the best way to remove rust stains from a porcelain sign?
Thank you
Bob

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#136268 - Sun Mar 29 2009 07:19 PM Re: removing rust stains from a porcelain sign? [Re: Signs-R-Us]
66phillips Offline
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Registered: Sat Jan 25 2003
Loc: Mangum, OK USA
I use OOOO steel wool and cleaner wax. Sometimes rubbing compound. If you have stains that are etched in, it's a different deal.

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#136272 - Sun Mar 29 2009 07:26 PM Re: removing rust stains from a porcelain sign? [Re: 66phillips]
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
I have used a "bathroom cleanser" ment for porcelain. I use a soft bronze (toothbrush) wirebrush and lots of clean water, drying immediately. Wax afterwards.
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#136281 - Sun Mar 29 2009 07:42 PM Re: removing rust stains from a porcelain sign? [Re: Bob Richards]
Signs-R-Us Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sat Sep 03 2005
Loc: Carolina's
I have tried rubbing compound but it does seem that some stains are etched in the porcelain.

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#136282 - Sun Mar 29 2009 07:43 PM Re: removing rust stains from a porcelain sign? [Re: Bob Richards]
MATT ALVAREZ Online   content
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Registered: Sat Sep 23 2006
Loc: Cameron Park,Ca.
I use a metal etch/cleaner and fine steel wool. It does not hurt the porcelain and bleaches out the rust stains.
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#136286 - Sun Mar 29 2009 07:48 PM Re: removing rust stains from a porcelain sign? [Re: Signs-R-Us]
petropumps Offline
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Registered: Sat Aug 07 2004
Loc: Oregon
I don't know how big of a sign you're talking about, but I'll share a little trick I use during pump restorations for the porcelain faceplates. I soak them in water that has Iron Out mixed in it...Iron Out is a cleaning product. It does very well on rust and even gets the rust from the spider cracking that sometimes occurs in the porcelain and is hard to get out w/steel wool or rubbing compound. I also use S.O.S. pads which work well. Good luck!

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#136287 - Sun Mar 29 2009 07:52 PM Re: removing rust stains from a porcelain sign? [Re: MATT ALVAREZ]
oldiesbutgoodies Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Sep 14 2008
Loc: kokomo,indiana usa
I use to use rubbing compound but that seemed to dull the finish afterwards. Lately I have been using bug and tar remover from turtle wax and puttung it on one of those scrubbing pads you can attach to your drill and it has worked better than any other method I have tried and gives the porcelain a nice sheen and then apply a coat of car wax looks great afterwards.

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#136297 - Sun Mar 29 2009 08:12 PM Re: removing rust stains from a porcelain sign? [Re: oldiesbutgoodies]
roadrelics Offline
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Registered: Sat Dec 21 2002
Loc: Minneapolis, Minnesota ...USA
Bar Keepers Friend & Zud are both cleansers for porcelain sinks & work great on signs......you can find them at any drug store or walmart etc.
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#136345 - Mon Mar 30 2009 08:45 AM Re: removing rust stains from a porcelain sign? [Re: roadrelics]
chrisbowers Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Mon Nov 22 2004
Loc: Baltimore, MD
I'll second barkeepers friend. Just don't let it sit on too long or it can dull the finish. Work into a paste with some water,let sit 2-3 minutes then rub with 0000 steel wool. I got some etched in water staining out the other day in a couple minutes with some.

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#136348 - Mon Mar 30 2009 08:56 AM Re: removing rust stains from a porcelain sign? [Re: chrisbowers]
Seth Robbins Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Thu Dec 21 2000
Loc: Guthrie, OK. 73044
Meguiars Medium-Cut Cleaner and a rag does the trick for me...Ray Seider came into the auction this weekend and didn't recognize some of the signs he had consigned! We clean every sign in the auction just to make sure they have their "best face" on. He asked me what I used to make his stuff look so good but I never got the chance to show him....

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#136362 - Mon Mar 30 2009 10:22 AM Re: removing rust stains from a porcelain sign? [Re: Seth Robbins]
Alex Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
My wife just found Bar Keepers Friend in a liquid.
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#136401 - Mon Mar 30 2009 05:39 PM Re: removing rust stains from a porcelain sign? [Re: Signs-R-Us]
56chiefstar Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Jun 25 2006
Loc: Adelanto Ca USA
After the stains are taken care of I use Howards feed and wax which polishes up porcelain good

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