Advice on cleaning steel legs

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  1. CW

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    In the middle of cleaning the tank on a Optimus 45 and could use some advice on cleaning the steel leg holders (not sure if that's the correct term for them). There is quite a bit of rust and tarnish, what is the best way to go about this task.
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    If you have a steady hand you can use a Dremel (or similar device) with a wire brush to remove the rust from the outer surface.
    Being careful not to hit the brass.

    You can paint a mixture of citric acid and wallpaper paste onto and into the steel legs. Wash off and reapply as necessary. Being careful not to paint the brass.

    You can paint a rust remover (not a rust converter) onto and into the steel legs. It helps to wrap plastic around the legs after applying the rust remover (stops it drying out). Wash off and reapply as necessary. Being careful not to paint the brass.
     
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    Thanks for your input, much appreciated. looking through the reference gallery it looks like a few of the ones with steel supports were painted black at one time. I think after there cleaned up, a bit of black engine enamel will keep it from rusting again.