Lick That Rust !

Pictured below are before and after shots of rust, both on the chassis and case of some S-38's. The solution in all cases was Naval Jelly. Comes in 8 or 16 oz bottles. An 8 oz bottle will set you back about $4.00, give or take a little for prices in different locations. Try Home Depot or Lowes. Both have it and many other stores keep it in stock. Naval Jelly will leave etch marking, so the trick is to minimize the etching by the amount of time you leave the Jelly on the piece, doing its work. I like to use Q-tips and do just a small area at a time, for better control. I buy wood handle medical type Q-tips, from a medical supply store. First, carefully wipe off as much rust as you can with a soft rag. Dip a Q-tip in the jelly and apply over the rusted area, trying to keep the jelly off as much good area as you can. Go slow. The directions say to leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Don't! Put some jelly on the rust, wait 2 or 3 minutes and wipe it off with a damp rag. Don't smear it on clean surfaces when wiping it off. See what your 2 or 3 minutes has done and repeat as needed. Try your skills on an area that won't show such as the bottom, if you're not sure. You'll be surprised at how well the jelly works. Next thing you'll know, you'll be swabbing buckets of the stuff on you old car or your old rusty tools. Give it a good final cleaning with water, then a dry cloth. Naval Jelly by Loctite.

Before - Light rust

After - 2 minutes, no rust

Before - Nasty rust

After - 5 minutes, no rust

If you intend to repaint after the treatment, you may want to apply a filler or undercoat to fill any pitting the rust may have caused, before applying the final coat. Treat it as you would any other paint job, including light sanding to feather the edges. Use your browser back key to return to the previous page.