I got a set of irons (1957 MacGregor M85 Tourney Colokrom) for a very good price. These were in really bad condition. This iron was the worst. Lots of rust stains where the chrome had peeled off. I decided to try and remove the rust spots using a liquid remover. They came out better than I could have dreamed.
If I like these irons enough I might consider having them rechromed at some time.
I really like how those colokrom copper inserts turned out. The pitching wedge (not pictured here) has a tiny circle of wear marks around the sweetspot. These have been played by an accomplished player. Feels good to give these irons a second life.
This stuff is made by a European firm called HG (Hagesan).
It’s called ‘Rust Remover’
Pretty sure that you can at least get something similar in the States.
Here’s the link:
Some notes about usage: Spray it in a cup deep enough to immerse a head. You can add some water but I just used the stuff as is.
It turns into a deep purple color when rust is present and it starts smelling real bad (like rotten eggs). Read the instructions!
One thing I did years ago to remove rust from old woodworking equipment was reverse electrolysis. Pretty simple and it gets absolutely every speck of rust out, but the tonic above looks easier.
Reverse electrolysis you just get a car battery charger or old 12V power adapter (9V no problem either), attach -ve to clubhead, +ve to a sacrificial bit of metal (I used an old lawnmower blade).
Chuck club and metal into a bucket of water with some salt in it, but not touching each other. And turn power up the adapter. A club wouldn’t take that long, maybe an hour of fizzing away.
The only issue is that it removes all oils from the surface as well (as I’d assume the Rust Remover tonic does), so you’re going to rust up again pretty quickly unless you put some rust preventer on.
Am pretty sure that they will rust through pretty quickly. Have you thought about trying to plate them yourself, might be fun, the guy says at the end of the second video that all the gear cost less than a tenner.