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 Post subject: Rusted toggle switches
PostPosted: Mar Sun 21, 2021 5:43 pm 
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I imagine this has be answered before, but I can't find it.

What works to polish rusted toggle switches?


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 Post subject: Re: Rusted toggle switches
PostPosted: Mar Sun 21, 2021 6:34 pm 
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I prefer Scotch-Brite pads for removal.

I get the green ones from a grocery store.

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 Post subject: Re: Rusted toggle switches
PostPosted: Mar Sun 21, 2021 8:12 pm 
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Thanks. What do you use to polish them after the rust is off?


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 Post subject: Re: Rusted toggle switches
PostPosted: Mar Sun 21, 2021 9:43 pm 
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Do the Scotch-Brite pads just remove surface rust or do they go deeper also?
It's been many years, but we loved Stone Mountain.

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 Post subject: Re: Rusted toggle switches
PostPosted: Mar Sun 21, 2021 10:54 pm 
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Scotch-brite comes in many different "grits".

The green ones are for scrubbing pots and are not very aggressive. It is similar to steel wool but lasts longer and does not rust.

Yes, I go to Stone Mountain with my dog a few times a month. Avoid all the attractions and hike the trails.

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 Post subject: Re: Rusted toggle switches
PostPosted: Apr Sun 25, 2021 7:55 pm 
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Once the rust is gone, can you polish them to get rid of the black?


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 Post subject: Re: Rusted toggle switches
PostPosted: Apr Tue 27, 2021 5:30 am 
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Scotch Brite pad or fine steel wool, then follow up with a good polish/wax like Flitz or Simichrome. Brasso will work but doesn't have any protective polish. Follow with paste wax.


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 Post subject: Re: Rusted toggle switches
PostPosted: Apr Tue 27, 2021 5:51 am 
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Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Rusted toggle switches
PostPosted: Apr Tue 27, 2021 8:50 am 
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I recommend getting the commercial rated one at Sam's Club. I never go their, but my work sent me their to get such pads, since we ran out. They worked too good! :shock: Not, only did it clean off the dirt and grime from surfaces, it off the surface too too! It scratched them up! Now if you're interested, that's not good for food safety, as microorganisms can grow in them.

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 Post subject: Re: Rusted toggle switches
PostPosted: Oct Fri 15, 2021 12:14 am 
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000 or 0000 Steel wool, then a good metal polish. Of course you won't get the same finish from bare steel that a chrome plating would have, if it has been rusted through and lost. Coat with Jwax, or use a polish/wax like Flitz or Simichrome.


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