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Forum topic by Dalette posted 01-12-2017 08:40 PM 496 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dalette

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01-12-2017 08:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rust tools gouge

Hi, i am sorry if this has been answered before. I have been given a set of hand carving tools. They are older and craft store variety and cheap. It is a set of 10 and I would say over half have some rust on the tips.

So that being said, what is the best way to remove the rust without damaging the tools. I think they could be useful.

Thank You.
Dalette


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Tim

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#1 posted 01-12-2017 09:03 PM

There are a variety of ways of removing rust – chemical such as acid/evaporust, electrolysis, and abrasive.

For edge tools, you might as well remove the rust from the whole tool with a chemical method or electrolysis. You’ll be left with the pitting in the steel and near the cutting edge you’ll need to grind or abrade to the bottom of those pits anyway, but at least you’ve removed it from the rest of the tool. I’m not a carver, so I don’t know if there are any particular recommendations different for carving tools. If they’re cheap tools it’s probably not worth a ton of effort.

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 09:06 PM

Dalette – I have found that an overnight soaking in good old distilled white vinegar does the trick. Every so often I soak all my chisels, files, saws in vinegar just to freshen them up! This little trick will also sharpen you files.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 09:07 PM

Doesn’t sound like they are terribly rusted, so you might get away with just a good cleaning using a scotch-brite pad and some solvent. Otherwise, Evaporust is a great, non-destructive method. Electrolysis is another option, but it’s way messy and probably overkill for what you want to do. I’d stay away from any acids (citric, phosphoric, etc…).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 01-13-2017 12:26 AM

I second the vinager. I’ve done a few things that way. After a day or so just pull it out an scrub it down an the rust is gone. U will need to keep them oiled after that tho or it will find its way back

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#5 posted 01-13-2017 12:53 AM

i MAYBE LYNCHED FOR THIS BUT i HAVE HEARD COKE does real well, never done it because my wife is a pepsi drinker but worth a try and won’t damagre the blades

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#6 posted 01-13-2017 01:14 AM

i MAYBE LYNCHED FOR THIS BUT i HAVE HEARD COKE does real well, never done it because my wife is a pepsi drinker but worth a try and won t damagre the blades
- Karda

The acids in Coca-cola will eat good metal if you are not careful.

Ingredents:
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, caffeine.
Source: Coca-cola product facts

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Pepsi is the same (pepsicobevragefacts.com)

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Dalette

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#7 posted 01-13-2017 07:38 PM

THANK YOU EVERYONE! SO MANY DIFFERENT AND HELPFUL IDEAS, I WILL TRY THE SIMPLE ONES FIRST AND GO FROM THERE… i’LL POST A PIC BEFORE AND AFTER…

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