How to Remove Rust From a Heavy Chain

Often used outdoors, a heavy chain is subject to moisture damage through rain, snow and hail.

Removing Rust Flakes

Rust can cause the links of a chain to break prematurely.Rust can cause the links of a chain to break prematurely.
Heavy chains are often utilized to tie large things down on a truck or flatbed, as well as help anchor a boat in deep waters. When rust develops on the chain, it can become difficult to remove it from the links. By making the most of some simple cleaning materials, the chain can be made useful again.

Fill a barrel with 1 to 2 shovels of sand, then put the heavy chain in.

Seal the barrel so that the sand nor the chain can come out.

Roll the chain around for 5 to 10 minutes, allowing the sand to take off the flaking rust.

Remove the chain from the barrel, shaking each link to get rid of the sand.

Dispose of the sand and rust into a proper receptacle.

Cleaning The Chain

Turn on your power washer and spray the chain at a moderately intensive setting.

Place the chain on old newspapers and allow it to dry in the sun.

Wipe down every part of the chain with a wire brush.

Spray WD40 all over the chain, then allow it to dry.

Spray the chain with a protective paint, such as Rust-Oleum.

Things You Will Need

  • Barrel
  • Sand
  • Shovel
  • Power washer
  • Lubricant, such as WD40
  • Protective paint, such as Rust-Oleum
  • Newspaper
  • Rag

Tip

  • For stubborn rust, soak the chain for a few days in a 9 to 1 ratio mixture of molasses and water.

Warning

  • Working with rust can permanently stain your clothing.

About the Author

Tony Myles is a pastor and national speaker on youth culture. He has been writing professionally since 2000, has a weekly health and fitness newspaper column in the Cleveland suburbs, reviews for "YouthWorker Journal" and was a featured reporter for the "Kalamazoo Gazette." He holds a Master of Business Administration in adolescent development from Indiana Wesleyan University.