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Removing surface rust from sliders?

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I'm an idiot and ran my sliders for way too long without painting them. I always claimed I didn't mind the surface rust, thought the raw look was kinda cool, and it would be no big deal to remove the rust and paint when the time comes. Well, no, I'm just lazy and I got what I deserve.

Trying to remove the rust with my wheel grinder is going to take forever and can only reach like 40% of the areas. What are some efficient alternatives to getting this job done? I'm currently thinking about soaking the sliders in some type of rust remover but I'm not sure if that would work. DrWeld DrWeld , do you do this often?
 

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Use a wire wheel for an angle grinder or a drill and a rust inhibiter fastest easiest way!
 
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The angle grinder actually sucks though. It doesn't seem like the fastest way.
 
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The angle grinder actually sucks though. It doesn't seem like the fastest way.
I know you have a drill, get a wire wheel for that! Promise you it’s still faster than hand. Using an etching solution is great also, it’ll remove most of the surface corrosion. You can get this near the acetone and stuff at Home Depot. Some are specifically for rust to treat metal surfaces before paint. They have ones you don’t mix with water and some you do mix with water. Just apply it wait about 15 mins and wash off
 
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If it’s just surface rust and not pitted a red scotch brite and some acetone will work. You can also just use some sand paper.
 
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True, the drill and wire wheel will fit in most places. This will be my next attempt then.
 
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If it’s just surface rust and not pitted a red scotch brite and some acetone will work. You can also just use some sand paper.
I was using sand paper but I know that can't be my best option since it was taking a while. I know I can get this done the basic ways but I wasn't sure if there is a method I'm missing that would be way more efficient.
 
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I was using sand paper but I know that can't be my best option since it was taking a while. I know I can get this done the basic ways but I wasn't sure if there is a method I'm missing that would be way more efficient.
Try the etching solution, it’s cheap at Home Depot or anywhere really, and they have ones specifically for rust, I used this to restore my exhaust on my triumph speed triple. It took off all the rust
 
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If you have the equipment your best bet is wire wheels and cups all the way. Like the other person said you can yes attachments for drills that may help out.
 
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Corroseal water-based rust converter metal primer. Once and done.
 
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Maybe try a 120 grit flap disc on an angle grinder. Then finish it up with a wire disc. Also, not sure but maybe take it to a place that can sand blast it.. Also, paint them directly after so you don't have to do this again. ;)
 
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Maybe try a 120 grit flap disc on an angle grinder. Then finish it up with a wire disc. Also, not sure but maybe take it to a place that can sand blast it.. Also, paint them directly after so you don't have to do this again. ;)
Absolutely right about that last part, lol.
 
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