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Forum topic by BentheViking posted 05-13-2014 03:57 AM 821 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BentheViking

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05-13-2014 03:57 AM

So this isn’t woodworking, but I know that there are plenty of people on here with some great metal refinishing skills that would probably be able to lend some advise.

My mother in law gave my wife and I a New Orleans water meter cover for our anniversary. Most people know the Fleur de Lis as the symbol of New Orleans, but the water meter cover is a very popular as well. For a quick history lesson check out this link.

Not sure what were going to do with it, but its kinda rusty and a bit hard to read so we’d like to rehab it. Anyone have any tips? I don’t think its going to look exactly like the one in the link I shared, but I’d love it to be as close as possible.

Here is a photo of what I’m starting with:

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson


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#1 posted 05-13-2014 04:03 AM

Evaporust?

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Shawn Masterson

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#2 posted 05-13-2014 12:02 PM

cheap soda blaster from HF, or a wash soda and battery charger bath.

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#3 posted 05-13-2014 12:13 PM

+1 for electrolysis, it will get rid of all the rust.

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#4 posted 05-14-2014 03:48 AM

Any suggestions as to what to do with it once the rust is gone? some sort of oil or something I’d guess? yes no what kind? what shape would this thing end up if I just did one of the aforementioned rust removers and then nothing else?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 05-14-2014 03:55 AM

If you did nothing else, it would just rust again. You do need to treat it with the finish of your choice. Maybe some other guys will have some ideas. I’d probably just enamel it black.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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