getting rust/salt water damage off of reel

SheepHead

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my grandfather passed away in october of last year and i found two of his old rods with reels in a storage closet. they were used in salt water and never,ever, rinsed or cleaned with fresh water in easily 25 years. they have all sorts of greenish rust and crust all over em now, permanently bonding parts together. any ideas on how to clean the shit out of em so i can hang em on my wall in honor of him?
 
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AKSalmon

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    Sold my Parker. You can find me on the Red Rooster.
    The easiest way is to soak them in white vinegar. Salt-X works as well.
     
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    Carrasco

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    It floats!
    I looked arround the web for a solution for a similar problem and came across this bit of advice from an old painter:
    "I recently got Magica Rust Remover Spray from True Value Hardware, and it works extremely well. I have used it on the shower ceramic tile and concrete patio. You spray it on, no rubbing, wiping, etc. Among the additional surfaces that it lists are carpets, fiberglass boats, clothing, bathtubs, stainless steel fittings, toilets, tools, and several others to numerous to mention.

    It worked for me!
     
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    GUERO

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    lime-away works surprising well too
     
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    Fishrdan

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    Try the white vinegar as AKSalmon suggested. I soaked the chrome parts of my buddies corroded Penn 113 for a day and they came out clean as a whistle. Only going to set you back $1 and the wife might have some in the kitchen.
     
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