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Remove rust from an iron skillet?

I bought a new cast-iron skillet a few weeks ago. After coming into contact with salt water before I even got a chance to use it, a fair amount of rust appeared. What's the easiest way to get it off? I want to start seasoning it.
posted by jshare on Sep 2, 2014 - 16 answers

Rusting Car Roof - What Are My Options?

My car roof is rusting extensively along the windshield edge. I don't know if I can get it fixed anymore as it has gotten bad rather quickly. What are my options? More inside [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Jul 2, 2014 - 8 answers

What is wrong with my trees?

I live in east Tennessee and I have a couple of trees in my yard that get what I think is a fungus of some kind but I can't identify it. I have tried to google the disease but I can't seem to find it. Spiky growths come out of the berries and some leaves will get similar growths later in the season. [more inside]
posted by slavlin on Jun 1, 2014 - 3 answers

What, besides scheduled maintenance, should I do to maintain my car?

We recent got a new-to-us used car. Other than following the manufacturer's scheduled maintenance, what should we do to maintain and maximize the life of the car? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Remove demonic* rust/poop stains from toilet bowl?

How to remove rust stains etc. from very dirty toilets? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Dec 17, 2013 - 29 answers

How did my knife get pitted?

Decent paring knife emerges from bleach-soap-water presoak with pitting corrosion. WTF? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Dec 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Cheap car! Expensive scrape?

My no longer able to drive grandparents recently gave me a great deal on their low mileage car. However, they got into a few scrapes before parting with it... [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Oct 31, 2013 - 10 answers

My brooklyn tub won't drain and now brown water is coming up!

I live on the top floor of an old apartment building and my shower stopped draining the other day. After trying drano, I upgraded to Pequa last night and its not working. Or it seems like its working, and then it stops. Before, some brownish water came up before it went down. But now that I've poured the last of the Pequa down the drain some really dark rusty water has come up. Is this a good sign? And if I let it sit for an hour or two and flush with warm water I'll be saved? Or do I have to deal with my inept landlord? (Which I'm trying to avoid)
posted by Unred on Apr 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Other oils to protect steel

I play an Array Mbira. The tines are made of spring steel. I have sweaty hands, so the tines tend to rust unless I coat them with oil. The folks who make the instrument recommend 3-In-One Oil, which is what I've been using. Does it contain anything toxic? Are there other oils I could use to protect the tines? [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Dec 28, 2012 - 7 answers

How to restore a beautiful but corroded silver plated thing?

What can I do to restore a beautiful but heavily damaged (rusted, corroded, tarnished) set of silver-plated silverware found on the street? [more inside]
posted by cinoyter on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

What should I do about rust on my car?

[CarFilter] My car is developing some fairly bad rust around the wheel wells. The cost to repair it is prohibitive - what should I do? [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Jul 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Standards that cover rust maintenance and management

Are there any standards (OSHA, ANSI, IMC, or NEC come to mind) that govern an employers responsibility to ensure that rust in old building structures do not create a hazardous work environment? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Wheel arch rust repair.

How do I best repair a rusty wheel arch. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Sep 22, 2011 - 8 answers

I had the time of my knife, and I never felt this way before

Is there anything I can do to restore my beautiful, pristine Sabatier carbon steel knife to its original condition? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Sep 2, 2011 - 19 answers

Can I keep my things safe and dry in a coffee can?

Is is safe to store flash media and other electronics in a tin? [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Sep 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Next week: how to rebuild the engine using household tools?

Someone (i.e., me) backed the family car into a parking meter a while back, causing a small dent and some cracking in the paint (photo 1, 2, 3). Body shops say this will cost about $600-650 to repair over two days (which is a hassle for my fiancée, who commutes by car). Dealer said over $1000! Main concern is rust, not the dent--this is a hand me down car from 1999. Can we make an acceptable fix ourselves? How? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me help my Honda.

Just had to replace the rotors on my Honda Accord. Again. Help. [more inside]
posted by googly on Jul 28, 2011 - 15 answers

Rust really never sleeps...

How to cover rust on a refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Mar 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me fix mah nife

I have one of the Kershaw SpeedSafe knives designed by Ken Onion. A little while ago the knife stopped opening all the way when I pushed on the back of the blade. I've opened it up and now I need a little guidance. There's a bonus question on cleaning / inhibiting rust as well. [more inside]
posted by BigSky on Mar 11, 2011 - 8 answers

So much salt..

How to protect my classic truck from the salt of the sea? [more inside]
posted by Glendale on Mar 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Sink gritting us down..

What is the mysterious grit in our sink? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Jan 22, 2011 - 6 answers

It's still just as cold in the kitchen, only a smelly cold

I live in an old apartment with radiators. Pipe in kitchen (radiator has been removed, heated pipe remains) has a leaky valve that smells awful. Can someone take a look at these pictures and tell me if there is anything I can do to cover the leaky bit and reduce the smell? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jan 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Rusty? This ain't no love shack!

HVAC Advice. I have a six year old house with a Goodman AC system. Three years ago the evaporator coils rusted like crazy and leaked out -- replaced under warranty. Three years later, low and behold, the coils have started to rust up like crazy. Techs and I are stumped -- "This shouldn't happen." Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by cavalier on May 18, 2010 - 13 answers

Don't drink the brown water

Without warning my hot water (and hot water only) has suddenly started running brown, and when I drain a tub of it silt like material is left in the bottom. I suspect it's rust. After running the water for a long time it does not seem to be going away. Am I right in thinking that this is probably my boiler and it should be replaced? The suddenness seems weird. Also: my family has been showing and bathing in this, could it be harmful in any way?
posted by Artw on Mar 19, 2010 - 19 answers

Other than "Like Samorost, Kinda"

What the name of the art style of such things as Samorost, where moss, trees and other organics meld with primitive technology? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Mar 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Rust just isn't my colour.

Rust Prevention? What do you do to prevent rust from forming on a 1-2 year old car? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin on Nov 6, 2009 - 8 answers

For the love of the Subaru!

Are there any preventative measures, leaving aside driving the car every day, that will prevent my brakes from rusting like mad? [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey on Sep 16, 2009 - 12 answers

Please explain a chemical reaction

A ten percent solution of water and molasses is an effective, thorough, but slow way of removing rust from ferrous metals. When the rust/molasses/water has set for a while, you can burn your skin if you are not using gloves. What reaction turns mild mannered molasses, the soul of my baked beans, so nasty?
posted by Raybun on Sep 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Dishwasher rust repair?

My decade-old dishwasher's racks have started to rust through some blemishes in their protective coating. Can/should I fix this? [more inside]
posted by themel on Aug 2, 2009 - 6 answers

Rusty Roof, Rusted.

House help! What kind of metal; and how do I stop it from rusting? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Aug 2, 2009 - 10 answers

The wheel goes rusty.

Do I need new bike wheels? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on May 16, 2009 - 12 answers

Quick rusty door fix.

My outside metal door is rusting. Is there a quick fix or do I need to sand, prime and repaint? The rust is more of a discoloration than deep rust.
posted by boby on May 16, 2009 - 6 answers

Touching up a relic bicycle

I bought a bicycle that's twice as old as I am and it needs some cosmetic work. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on May 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Rust on my Thing

I need advice on taking care of rust on a Volkswagen! [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Apr 18, 2009 - 11 answers

Hard water stains

How do you clean hard water rust stains from plastic and rubber? The fridge front door where you get water and ice has nasty brown stains on the rubber levers and plastic drip tray.
posted by hardbop on Jan 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Wet Audis and the Bills they Cause

My 2006 Audi A4 is having ignition coil problems. And the dealer is saying because it's water damage related, it's not covered under warranty. I have NOT had the engine cleaned. I have NOT driven into a lake and I live in California where rain is minimal. Help me to not be screwed. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 26, 2008 - 11 answers

Neglect my ride

How would you make a well-running car or pickup truck look, smell, and/or sound like an eyesore/deathtrap/junker without affecting its real abilities or safety? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu on Oct 2, 2008 - 31 answers

What happened to my tub?

What did the mildew remover leave in my tub? [more inside]
posted by messylissa on Aug 3, 2008 - 11 answers

Can pinpricks kill ya?

I accidentally popped my pimple with a rusty pin. Ugh. How worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by Sock Muppet Acct! on May 31, 2008 - 19 answers

De-oxidize my mortar & pestle, please.

I have a gorgeous cast-iron mortar and pestle, that I use a lot for cooking. Unfortunately, it has some rust, especially on the bottom, probably from when it's washed and left to dry still slightly wet on its bottom. How should I: a) get rid of the present rust. b) avoid future rust. [more inside]
posted by signal on Dec 18, 2007 - 23 answers

Rusty frets, no obvious damp?

I recently got one of my guitars out of its case to find the frets covered in green stuff, and small patches of rust on a few of them.... [more inside]
posted by chrissyboy on Dec 13, 2007 - 13 answers

How do I remove a wheel from a car?

This car is a '97 Toyota and it was was functioning well when parked. It had a flat tire and has been parked in my driveway for three weeks. When I went to change the flat today, I could not get the wheel off. To be clear, the lug nuts all came of relatively easily, but the rim seems to be melded/rusted onto the axle. What do I do? Crowbar? Chisel? Dynamite?
posted by OlderThanTOS on Nov 1, 2007 - 30 answers

Do I really have to cut through the lock?

Bicycle was locked outside (it's against the rules to bring it inside the apartment where I live). It rained, and the bicycle wasn't used for some time, and now the lock won't budge (it rusted, I think): key goes in, but doesn't turn. I tried WD-40 but it didn't work. Before I cut through the lock, are there any other solutions I could try?
posted by sailoreagle on Oct 30, 2007 - 21 answers

How to clean all the crannies of my rusty can opener?

How can I clean a rusty can opener? [more inside]
posted by lemuria on Oct 7, 2007 - 16 answers

How can I stop my car from rusting?

My car's paint is wearing off. I don't care about the cosmetic impact, but I'm worried about rust. What can I do myself (or have done cheaply) that will prevent further damage? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Oct 7, 2007 - 12 answers

Rust repair on a Honda C-70 scooter

I just picked up an old Honda C-70 scooter and I'd like to get it shined up. Are there any places around Seattle that I can take it to and have the small bits of surface rust fixed and repainted/rechromed? [more inside]
posted by azuresunday on Sep 17, 2007 - 5 answers

This is what procrastination will get ya: rust on your paint job.

AutoFilter: How to remove rust from on *top* of paint? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico on Sep 6, 2007 - 6 answers

Clean and mean here on the Green

What are your favorite heavy-duty cleaning products and super-cleaning secrets? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Jul 11, 2007 - 28 answers

Help with my stained stainless steel!

Silverwarefilter: As much as I hate to waste a mefi question on this, but I feel I have to because it's driving me crazy. I have a set of stainless steel silverware and a set of cutlery also made of stainless steel (different brands/sets). We wash them in the dishwasher and they are constantly getting these orange like rust stains on them. How do I get rid of these? They can be rubbed off with some heavy scrubbing but I want the stains to stop recurring. Any ideas?
posted by wile e on Jun 25, 2007 - 9 answers

intentionally making steel rust

How can I make something I've fabricated out of cold rolled steel achieve a uniform patina of rust? [more inside]
posted by machaus on May 4, 2007 - 19 answers

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