Coke vs White Vinegar – Which Is Better at Getting Rid of Rust?

Posted by Linda Snyder, Proprietor

Frankly, I don’t know yet.

A while ago I purchased two lots of old cast iron silhouettes. One lot was in good shape; the other was pretty rusty. Some on-line sources said the quickest and easiest way of addressing the rust is to soak the item in white vinegar and then clean up with an old toothbrush.

I mentioned this to friends who advised using Coca Cola instead, which reminded me that I’d heard of that method several years (okay, decades) ago.

Well, what would you do? Me? I trotted over to Hannaford’s and picked up a couple of jugs of each. Late yesterday afternoon, I set up one soak basin with Coke, and one with white vinegar. I’ll let you know the results when I arrive at the office later this morning!

Note: The first photo above shows the rusty roosters soaking in white vinegar. The second is the Coke basin.

Our Locations:

Oxford (ME). We have two booths at Happy Trails Antiques & Flea Market, 891 Main Street, Oxford (ME); their phone is 207-515-0927. Happy Trails is open Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 9:00-5:00, and Sundays from 10:00-4:00.

Brunswick (ME). We have a display cabinet (#27) of all antiqes items at Cabot Mill Antiques, 14 Maine Street in Brunswick (ME). Their phone number is 207-725-2855. Cabot Mill is open Sunday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Lewiston (ME). Some of our inventory is located at Linda’s office in downtown Lewiston. Because that office is for her other business (mental health admin & services), it’s not open to the public, so any inventory located there can only be seen or picked up by appointment.

Waterville (ME). Coming Soon: Our ALL ANTIQUES (pre-1965) booth at Hathaway Mill Antiques, 10 Water Street in Waterville (ME) will open on May 1st. Their phone number is 207-877-0250. Hathaway Mill Antiques is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. (I’m not sure yet of our booth number.)

Special Orders. If there’s something you’re looking for – whether it’s antique, vintage or contemporary; furniture, art, spiritual (ancients, indigenous, other), tools, collectibles, funky, or what-have-you— we’re happy to search out such items.  Presuming they’re available in your price range, condition and so forth, we can obtain the item and if you purchase it immediately, we’ll take 25% off what would otherwise be our retail price.  We won’t bid on something without checking with you first, unless we’re positive we can sell it anyway! Give Linda a call at 207-740-2247.

All sales after expenses help support The Grief Warrior Project.

More Photos:  See below!

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