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Tried coke and aluminum foil for the first time.---PICS ADDED---

By the_pin_family

7 years ago

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    #1 7 years ago

    All I can say is WOW! That's one tip that really works. I found I have to change the foil often and don't get the coke dirty or it stops working. It works fast to. Foil balls shiny side up dipped in coke and all the rust spots disappear from chrome. Dosent even take that much elbow grease.

    #2 7 years ago

    Coke and aluminum foil kind sounds like something else that is not so good for you

    Anyway, soft drinks also do a decent job of getting corrosion off of automobile battery terminals when you do not have the time to brush them clean.

    #3 7 years ago

    Makes ya wonder what it does to your stomach

    #4 7 years ago

    Can you explain in more detail the exact procedure used?

    Do you just wad some aluminum foil into a ball, dip it in Coke, and rub it against the legs?

    Regular or diet?

    #5 7 years ago

    Definetly works, You basically got it RobT, shiny side out crumpled up dipped in coke (I used regular) and scrub until the foil is toast, then use some more.

    #6 7 years ago

    Yep. That's it. As for diet or regular. I use diet on wide body pins. Lol

    #7 7 years ago
    Quoted from the_pin_family:

    As for diet or regular. I use diet on wide body pins.

    Good one!

    #8 7 years ago

    Wow, what a misleading title.

    #9 7 years ago

    The great thing about diet is that it does not leave a sticky mess like real sugar soda.

    #10 7 years ago
    Quoted from Dr_Gonzo:

    Wow, what a misleading title

    Misleading maybe, but it sure pulled a coupla of us in.
    the other Skip

    #11 7 years ago
    Quoted from Bounce:

    Misleading maybe, but it sure pulled a coupla of us in.

    #12 7 years ago

    Is this for legs? Does it work better than just soaking them in coke in something like a wallpaper ... wetter thing?

    #13 7 years ago

    Yes. For the legs. Ive never tried soaking but it dosent take much coke really and it's easy.

    #14 7 years ago
    Quoted from shock_me:

    Makes ya wonder what it does to your stomach

    The acidity in your stomach for digestion is often stronger than in coke, so it's not a problem unless you are drinking a lot of cokes and/or eating crap every day.

    #15 7 years ago

    I think this cleaning technique should be referred to as "Freebasing a pinball"

    #16 7 years ago
    Quoted from oak_tree:

    "Freebasing a pinball"

    Quite clever ot... (made me laugh)

    #17 7 years ago

    Hmmm. Will have to try this. I use rust dissolver, which works great, but the fumes are horrendous.

    #18 7 years ago

    I always use regular real Coke. It seems to work the best.

    #19 7 years ago

    hell yes, this works like a dream. so strange, but it does with the chrome. cheap solution people

    #20 7 years ago

    heres some pics.

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    #21 7 years ago

    hmmm I'll have to try this. I only have caf free diet though, will that work? I'm guessing not.

    #22 7 years ago

    Does it work better than plain steelwool? I used fine steelwool on the legs of my Firepower and they shine great too.

    #23 7 years ago

    Don't Know about the caf free diet. As for the steel wool. Yes. This works better. What you see took me about 2 min.

    #24 7 years ago

    wow, interesting. i gotta try this

    #25 7 years ago

    I did it yesterday on mine. Worked pretty good. There was also a mysterious black spot on the top metal by the glass (maybe someone left a cigarette there) The soda took it almost 98% off. Worked really good.

    #26 7 years ago

    I've heard of using Ketchup to shine chrome but never Coke and foil. Learn something new every day...

    #27 7 years ago

    Would this work on pinball legs that are black but have some rust spots on them?

    #28 7 years ago

    Worth a try, you probably all ready have what you need to try it.

    #29 7 years ago

    Will give it a try next time. Looks promising!

    #30 7 years ago

    Just a clarification, it has to be actual Coca-Cola, not Pepsi or anything else. Coke uses phosphoric acid, most other sodas use citric acid which is nowhere near as strong.

    #31 7 years ago

    worth trying out - thanks

    #32 7 years ago

    Wow, never would of thought of this. I think I have a weekend project now. Thanks.

    #33 7 years ago
    Quoted from Twitch_Boy:

    Coke uses phosphoric acid

    Thanks....I used Dr. Pepper last night and it worked pretty good. I'll try actual Coke next time.

    #34 7 years ago

    Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, Coke 0 and Diet Coke all use phosphoric acid. Says it right on the can.
    Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Sprite do not. My guess then is you have to use a cola.

    #35 7 years ago

    Coca-Cola is magical stuff when it comes to metal.
    Cleaning is just one of the many uses of this addictive substance.
    I use it to unfreeze rusty bolts, Ti pedal threads from aluminum arms (bicycle cranksets), jellyfish stings (really!), cleaning blood, stubborn buildup on cookware and of course my favorite thing...
    Mixing it with Vanilla Stoli!

    #36 7 years ago

    Huh, thought Pepsi was citric acid. Meh.

    #37 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tip. I will try this on my next project.

    #38 7 years ago
    Quoted from the_pin_family:

    Yep. That's it. As for diet or regular. I use diet on wide body pins. Lol

    Well played!

    #39 7 years ago

    Why couldnt you use car care type products for doing this sort of thing? Is it because of the cost of a bottle of coke and some tinfoil or am I missing something entirely different?

    #40 7 years ago

    It is cheap, effective and doesn't give off noxious odors. Nothing saying you can't use something else.

    #41 7 years ago

    Cool tip - thanks. A police officer friend told me awhile back some state police used to carry coke in the trunk of their car. If they came across a bloody accident, they would pour coke on the cement and it would remove it better than anything. Google many uses of coke - blow your mind.

    #42 7 years ago

    Glad to see more people are having success with this. Here's pics from when I posted about it awhile back (no idea if my post was where you got the idea or not)

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    #43 7 years ago

    I tried this with window cleaner and foil and it worked really good .


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    #44 7 years ago

    Just did this method on some legs today. It definitely works, but I'd say that I had to use more elbow grease than what I was led to believe would be required.

    I found the best method was to do the whole leg with a ball of tin foil and coke, rinse, and repeat 2 more times with a new ball of tin foil each time.

    #45 7 years ago

    I love it - even you're dog's impressed.

    #46 7 years ago

    Here is a video that shows how it works on a chrome bumper

    #47 7 years ago
    Quoted from jrrdw:

    I've heard of using Ketchup to shine chrome but never Coke and foil. Learn something new every day...

    Toothpaste also works well for polishing chrome.

    #48 7 years ago

    That's VERY cool.. but man, I'd have to use earplugs. That sound is like nails on a chalkboard

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    #49 5 years ago

    Sorry for resurrecting this old thread but I was wondering if anybody has tried this on gold legs, like from
    a World Cup Soccer. I'd hate to take all the colour off.

    #50 5 years ago

    I soak metal parts in Apple Cider vinegar to remove rust spots.

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