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02-06-2010 02:35 AM

For those who use vinegar, how long do you soak it in? I don’t know if it’s me or not but after soaking it in 24 hours. I notice it looks like rust stain. Yellow color on my hand tools?


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#1 posted 02-06-2010 07:08 AM

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 04:53 PM

The picture story is incredible….does it need to be MALT Vinegar or can you get the same results from other types ?

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 06:37 PM

It makes no difference whether you use distilled vinegar,apple,or Malt. They all will have same results.

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 11:53 PM

I’m going to give it a try on some old wrenches then …thank you very much : )

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#5 posted 02-09-2010 04:13 AM

The only thing you have to remember is that vinegar is a fairly strong acid, it will attack the steel as well as the rust. I cleaned up an old block plane with Evap-o-Rust a few weeks ago and it worked well and isn’t a strong enough solution to etch the unrusted steel.

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#6 posted 02-09-2010 04:44 AM

stick with good ol WD40…served and still serves me and the tools well

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 04:52 AM

@MArk
WD-40 is not for rust removal. It prevents water from collecting.

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#8 posted 02-09-2010 05:02 AM

@A10GAC

Yes, you are right it will rust even though there’s no rust. But I prefer organic materials.

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#9 posted 02-09-2010 06:44 AM

Here’s an article with pictures on using vinegar to remove rust from an old Stanley plane:
http://www.themapleboard.com/wordpress/?p=7

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#10 posted 02-15-2010 08:32 AM

Miriactic(sp) acid is great for removing rust…..I believe it is another name for HCL. Hardwares carry it….Uncle Snail

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#11 posted 02-15-2010 02:14 PM

Uncle Snail –
How much do you dilute the muratic acid? I actually have three gallons of it that I would love to get rid of.

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#12 posted 02-16-2010 05:48 AM

I’ll second Evapo-Rust. Works as advertised. Plus is doesn’t attack the base mat’l, just the rust. I put a few garage sale wrenches through and they came out pretty nice. No scrubbing, just a few days of soak time. I bought my bottle from HF. Not too bad with the 20% coupon.

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#13 posted 02-16-2010 06:01 AM

Will the vinegar take off paint/japanning?

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#14 posted 02-16-2010 06:28 AM

Never tried it on anything but Fish and Chips and happy to report I’ve never had a rust problem.

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#15 posted 02-16-2010 06:28 AM

Another vote for Evaporust. I believe its environmentally friendly and it works great. I threw an old double square (that I grabbed at a garage sale for .50), let it soak for a day and pulled out a nice, shiny Starrett. The only other suggestion I would make is to coat the tools with some Camilla (sp?) oil afterward to keep the tools from rusting.

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