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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

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.

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.

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. http://sevenspaint.com/industrial/item/benjamin_moore_super_spec_hp_rust_converter_coating_p82

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