Any way to get rust off a bathroom light fixture?

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  1. Disneefun

    Disneefun DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2003
    I have a bathroom light fixture that is "brush nickel looking." It's got the brushed nickel plating, but I think underneath it's just a basic metal. Anyway, it's starting to rust in places. It's only two years old and I like it, so I really don't want to replace it if I don't have to.

    Any ideas on how to remove rush from a bathroom fixture? I'm open to anything from commercial products to homemade solutions.

  2. kittycatalina65

    kittycatalina65 Mouseketeer

    Oct 15, 2007
    I would try Naval Jelly. You might be able to find it a a smaller hardware store, or a boat supply place. I've used it for taking rust off shiny metal, don't know how it would affect the brushed finish though.

    I've never used it for rust, but Barkeepers Friend is great for so many things. Just make a paste and leave it on before buffing with a cloth. Supposedly it originated as a cleaner for the brass used on bars, so it's worth a shot. It's usually by the comet or other powder cleaners.
  3. anabelle

    anabelle Did I say that out loud?

    Apr 14, 2003
    I don't know how handy you are, but you can repaint the fixture with Rustoleum paints. Just remove the fixture, cover the receptacles with painters tape, sand lightly and paint with your favorite color. We were moving and our old fixtures were gold. So I updated them to a more modern color. The paint costs about $6 at Home Depot.
  4. housemouse

    housemouse Mouseketeer

    May 12, 2007
    You can coat it with lemon juice and then scrub it with the shiny side of aluminum foil. This works like a dream on chrome. I'm not sure how it would work on your finish, but you could test it out on an unobtrusive area to check the results.
  5. herdtoDisney

    herdtoDisney DIS Veteran

    Jul 22, 2010
    You might try gently scrubbing it with a Mr. Clean Magic eraser. I used it on a toilet paper holder. But I'd try it on a hidden area first ;)

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