Hand Tool rust removal

//Hand Tool rust removal
Hand Tool rust removal 2015-10-26T10:49:04+00:00
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    Bruce G.
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    Hi all!  I am new to the forum.

    What are your favorite hand tool rust removal techniques?

    I have been using white vinegar for a while. This works well, but it can take some time and it seems to discolor the metal some.

    This past weekend I put together an electrolysis tank and tested it out. I am extremely please with the results. It worked very fast. The framing square (see pics) was in the tank for about 1 1/2 hours, and came out looking very good.

    Let me know your thoughts and ideas.

    Bruce Gaylord,

    Mustang, OK

     

     

     

     

     

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  • James Wright
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    I like veneger at least to start it and then a brass brush, but I have thought of doing electrolysis. do you have pictures of your rig?

  • Bruce G.
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    Here is a pic of my tank.

     

    Bruce

  • James Wright
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    Nice

    Now I just need to find a car charger What salt did you use in the water?

     

  • Bruce G.
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    Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.

    As far as a battery charger goes make sure you have a manual charger.

     

    Bruce

     

  • James Wright
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    Thanks for shearing!

  • Mike in TN
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    Hi Bruce G.

    I am hopeless old fashioned I guess. I have tried vinegar, various rust removal liquids,  and CLR, but I always seem to go back to elbow grease wire brushes and abrasives. I may have to try electrolysis at some point. I do know that I have not been happy with the chemical treatments because they don’t get rid of the metal staining and I normally have to do some abrasive work anyway to flatten soles and sides and generally improve the appearance of the surfaces. This probably makes some purists cringe but my tools are users.

    Have fun

  • Bruce G.
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    Mike,

    100% dittos on that.  My tools first and foremost are users too.

    I buy them, restore them to operating condition and put them to work.  My tools are assisting me in paying for two kiddos to go to college.

    When buying tools I always strive to buy quality, so they can continue to be passed down the family line for generations.

    Take it easy.

    Bruce

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