Last night I saw a television commercial for CLR cleaner that demonstrated its near-magical effectiveness for removing rust from common household metallic objects. I must’ve made a skeptical comment to my wife who replied, “I hear Coca Cola can be used to remove rust.”
Within seconds I sprang into action! I ran into the basement and pulled out a pair of wire cutters and needle-nose pliers from my toolbox that were beginning to rust. Normally the visual appearance of some oxidation wouldn’t bother me, but recently I started having difficulty opening and closing them during use.
“Let’s put this to the test,” I thought.
On quick inspection in the bright light of the kitchen I noticed the pliers weren’t nearly as rusty as I thought they were from usually seeing them in the dim light of the basement.
I dropped the pliers face-down into a bath of Coca Cola for an hour while I ate dinner. The carbonated action reminded me of a 1980s comic-book movie I saw where a villian fall into a vat of acid. Can’t remember whether it was Batman starring Michael Keaton or Dick Tracy starring Warren Beatty. I’m leaning toward Batman.
An hour later I pulled the pliers and gave them a quick wipedown with a dry paper towel. I was surprised to see how much oxidation wiped off with without the need to apply any pressure. More impressive is the open/close action on these tools is like new.
Color me surprised.