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removing rust

Posted by gabriell (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 26, 14 at 19:50

I hope someone might be able to tell me how to remove rust. I have just found a small hand saw I must have left outside last fall. I found it when I took bird seed for my feeder. I
love this little saw and use it often. Can anybody tell me what I might soak it in? Any help is appreciated.


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RE: removing rust

try using double zero or triple zero steel wool. Maybe dip it in machine oil while taking off the rust. Lightly oil after rust is gone. Let us know how it works.
Not recommended to use a brillo pad.


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RE: removing rust

Thank you, I thought someone here might have good idea.


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RE: removing rust

If your tool is too far gone for steel wool you could also try rust converter. Duluth Trading Post used to sell it but no longer. It is probably available other places.
Kathy


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RE: removing rust

Apple cider vinegar also removes rust.

Rusty


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RE: removing rust

Coca-cola is also a good method for removing rust. Soak it and use a steel brush to rub off any tough spots. I am working on re-doing some metal patio furniture and have found in places where the steel brush won't do, I can soak a rag in Coke and place it on the stop to loosen the rust. Hope that helps!


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RE: removing rust

I've used WD-40 to remove rust from a set of pruners.
Like you, I left them out, found them much later.
They wouldn't 'scissor' because of the rust so I sprayed the WD-40 just to get them working again.
To my surprise, when I wiped the blades with a soft cloth, rust came off on the cloth.
I kept rubbing with a soft cloth, adding a little more WD-40 and today the pruners are almost as good as new.


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RE: removing rust

Naval Jelly - it's concentrated phosphoric acid, same stuff that's in Coke (obviously more diluted!). I let it soak a bit and then rub with fine steel wool or a toothbrush. Rinse, dry well, spray with WD-40 to chase remaining moisture, and go over with an oily rag to leave a very thin film to protect from future rust.


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I bought some spray rust "converter" some time ago, not sure what brand it was but I believe it was with the spray paint. If it's something you are going to paint over and can't/don't want to spend hours sanding the rust off, it might be worth checking in to. It somehow stabilizes the rust, stops the chemical reaction that causes it, and creates a stable base to paint over.


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