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Steel wool and WD-40 is effective, but only if the rust is on the surface.  If it's penetrated deep into the frame, there's not much that can be done.

 

This is one of the top reasons to clean your bike, helping it last as long as possible.  I don't know the bike's history, but I wish you the best removing rust.

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Steel wool and WD-40 is effective, but only if the rust is on the surface.  If it's penetrated deep into the frame, there's not much that can be done.

 

This is one of the top reasons to clean your bike, helping it last as long as possible.  I don't know the bike's history, but I wish you the best removing rust.

 

+1. Can't beat the Steel Wool Soap Pads :thumbsup: .

 

If it's really bad get it blasted and powder coated or respray it.

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Never dealt with this problem myself but the hot rod guys I work with swear by rust conversion products like POR15.  It apparently converts the iron oxide to a more benign substance.

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Anything with phosphoric acid is ideal for removing rust.  Naval Jelly, Ospho, whatever work to remove the rust but also passivate the steel to keep it from coming back under coatings.  There are also electrolytic compounds that work for lighter deposits such as Lime-Away, CLR, Rid-Lyme, Salt-A-Way, etc... 

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Eastwood rust encapsulator. I believe they only sell in black though.

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