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03 Hemi 03-08-2010 09:07 AM

Rust Remover
Ok, I don't actually have a problem with rust. If you open my fuel door, the one screw that holds the fuel door on has begun to rust. I'm not so much concerned about the screw rusting as the stain left on my paint that leaked out of the fuel door. With all the snow we have had this winter, I didn't notice it until I washed my truck yesterday. There is about a 3" long stain on my paint from where the rusty water must of leaked out of the fuel door. What is the best to use to remove this without hurting the paint? Thank you.

erm 03-08-2010 09:09 AM

Wash the area.

Get out some light rubbing compound.

Lightly work the rubbing compound into the area with a wet microfiber cloth. Don't rub hard. Use a random circular motion.

Wipe off. Check for stains. Repeat if necessary.

When the stain is gone, wax and buff the area.

03 Hemi 03-08-2010 10:21 AM

Great, thanks Maddog!!!!

hemiv8dodgeram1500 03-08-2010 10:30 AM

i agree good job MADDOG

02BlackSLT 03-09-2010 04:58 PM

You can use Meguairs Fine cut cleaner. It works well for this stuff. any paint stains for that matter.

Smitty 03-19-2010 02:20 AM

Try a cleaner wax or pre-wax paint cleaner before applying any abrasive polishes like rubbing compounds. I would avoid using any rubbing compounds by hand unless you have a rotary buffer that you can use to correct the damage created by the abrasives in the polish. Understand that rubbing compounds remove small amounts of the clear coat.

hockeyplaya13 05-20-2010 11:33 AM

I'm kind of on board with Smitty. Try some sort of cleaner wax first, since the rust stain isn't below the the paint surface. You won't need to abrade the paint, just chemically remove the rust particles. If that doesn't work, I suppose the compounding would work. I'd just prefer to try to chemically remove it first.

three percent hero 06-24-2010 07:43 PM

If you can get your hands on some detailing clay, that usually works great on rust, and it's much less abrasive than a rubbing compound. Just make sure you keep it lubricated with a surface gloss product (i.e. P&S Showroom Shine). And I always like to wash and wax after using clay as it can leave a little residue behind.

GTyankee 06-24-2010 08:32 PM

take the screw out & replace it with a stainless screw, after you get rid of the stain

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