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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2014

    Question Rust/Tin Tiles


    My husband and I are in the process of renovating a 113 year old farm house. Recently a friend mentioned she had some some old tin ceiling tiles that had been taken from the demolition of an old local bank, and we'd love to refinish them and install some in our home. The trouble is they are very rusted. What is the best way to remove the rust from the tin tiles, and also after the rust is removed what should we us on the tiles , if anything????

    Sincerely, Paula

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Default Re: Rust/Tin Tiles

    See if you can find this product , Rust Bullet.
    We use it on our sand trailer and it is very good even with wet sand on it.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2010

    Default Re: Rust/Tin Tiles

    You have two challenges:

    1. Removing the rust, using abrasives (like sand paper, metal brush) Elbow grease or palm sander. Also use a baking soda paste.

    2. Prevent it from coming back.

    Hope this will help.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Northern Virginia

    Default Re: Rust/Tin Tiles

    Hi, if there is no paint, and just nice fresh red rust, a rust converter is the best product to use. If there is old paint with rust bleeding through, remove the paint. The best way to do this is passively; let the tin panels sit outside for a season or two, and the paint will flake off in sheets. Then see A, above.
    Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.

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