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Rust easy self-made

Everywhere you will find tips and tricks how to prevent rust formation. Be it the rust on cars, tools or other various objects made of iron or steel. But on the other hand rust can give furnitures or other decorative items a wonderful rustic look.

How you can turn your glossy-polished decoration into a beautiful eye-catcher, you'll learn in this guide.

What you all need for a nice rust formation, I have listed you here:

- Vinegar essence

- All-purpose cleaner

- Household gloves

- Bucket / watering can made of iron or steel

- Metal sponge

- Plastic container

Info: Because rust is often an unwanted byproduct, the decorative items are often galvanized, which should prevent the rusting of the metal.

Step 1: Remove the zinc glaze

First, the zinc glaze is removed with acid, so that a nice rust can arise later. There are several types of acids that could be used here. However, in our case, the normal vinegar essence from the supermarket is sufficient. This variant is a bit more time-consuming, however vinegar isn´t as corrosive as some other acids. Depending on the size of the object, you want remove the zinc of, you need appropriate amounts of this essence. The bucket, that I want to let rust, should first be placed in the plastic container. Then the container is filled up with the essence until the bucket is completely covered with the acetic acid.

Step 2: Waiting and watching

Now our project needs some time. In the course of the process you will be able to perceive a slight movement in the container. The acid is now attacking the galvanizing until it finally disappears after a few days. From time to time the object should be turned with a pair of pliers so that the acid can reach all places.

After about 4 days I fished the bucket with pliers out of its vinegar bath. Equipped with gloves, I now worked the surface of the bucket with a metal sponge to make it even easier for the acid. Then I put the bucket back in the vinegar container.

5-7 days later, the bucket can be removed from the container and cleaned with an undiluted all-purpose cleaner. The acid comes now to the standstill.

Step 3: Applying rust

We now have a steel bucket that is no longer galvanized.

In order to preserve the rusty used look, we place our decoration outside and let the weather do the rest. Over time, a nice rust will bloom on the bucket. 

A spray bottle filled with a vinegar-water-mixture can additionally help the rust in its development. Simply spray the potty slightly and the reaction proceeds faster. After only 24 hours, the surface will be completely covered with rust.

Step 4: The finish

An empty rusty bucket in the garden is however not yet an eyecatcher. But decorated with flowers, it will be a magnet for every visitor.

Notice: The rusting process can be performed with any steel or iron object.

I wish you a lot of fun in the implementation. :)

AuthorPatrick Jung
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