|Forum topic by BinghamtonEd||posted 06-27-2016 12:37 PM||564 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-27-2016 12:37 PM
I stopped by a yard sale this weekend, and for the sum of $3 picked up 8 files, a brace, and a 12” bar clamp. The files will just get the usual citric acid soak, a light rub down with some oil, and put to work.
My question is regarding the brace. I’ve read online that the citric acid may dissolve the finish on the wooden parts, and other places say that it will not effect it. Now, I really don’t care what happens to the finish. If it stays, great, if not, I’ll give it a quick sanding and some Arm-R-Seal. Has anyone soaked a whole brace in citric acid, and if so, how did the wood hold up? This will be a user, so I’m not concerned about maintaining the original finish. Or, has anyone soaked rags in the citric acid, and wrapped them around the metal parts of the brace, avoiding the wooden parts?
The amount of rust is small. I’ve done the wirebrush/sandpaper route before, and it just took too long for my tastes.
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