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Forum topic by nmkidd posted 09-18-2010 01:29 AM 1172 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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nmkidd

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09-18-2010 01:29 AM

I recently acquired an older Craftsman tool that works like a champ…...but has more rust on it than a 100 year old box car!!!!

I recall a few LJers that have done extensive rust removal whilst restoring older machinery…..but can’t seem to find the blogs.

What is a good rust remover and the proper procedure for attacking this problem??

I’ll post some before and after pics of this 100+ lb boat anchor…...

any help…..discussion….....pointers…..tips …..recommendations ....etc will be greatly appeciated

thx

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!


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degoose

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#1 posted 09-18-2010 01:37 AM

For small parts….Old stone fruit in water… peaches apricots plum etc…soak overnight and then rinse each morning.. repeat as necessary.. works for old car parts…

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nmkidd

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#2 posted 09-18-2010 01:46 AM

larry….........do you mean the fermented kind of stone fruit?.............me thinks i’d rather drink the juice then waste it on some rust Matey….(lol)!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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ksSlim

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#3 posted 09-18-2010 01:51 AM

For large surface area, my pick is Evapo-Rust.
www.evapo-rust.com. HF in my area is the best source.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 09-18-2010 03:25 AM

Greetings Doug,

You didn’t say what kind or how big the tool is, but I’d spray it really good with WD-40…I mean soak it good.

Then let it sit for quite a while, keeping an eye on the rust…When the WD-40 starts taking it off, wipe it

down as best you can, and heavly spray it again, again, agin, till all the rust is gone, or about gone, and take

600-800 grit wet-dry sandpaper and go to it, cleaning it up…works for me…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#5 posted 09-18-2010 03:38 AM

If it is small enough that it can be soaked in a tub vinegar will take all the rust off of it.

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 09-18-2010 03:49 AM

Good one, Abbott… I forgot about vinegar doing the trick…. Oh wait….I can’t waste my vinegar on that…

I gotta save it to soak in to get rid of the ticks and chiggers…....Or to clean the coffee maker when sluggish..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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nmkidd

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#7 posted 09-18-2010 03:49 AM

thanks all…...it’s a large stationary tool with lots of rust on the table….........not really deeply pitted but needs a lot of help.

battery died in camera…..will get one on the morrow and put up a pic

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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MedicKen

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#8 posted 09-18-2010 04:02 AM

Depending on the size another option is electrolysis. I have used it almost exclusively in restoring my tools. I have also used evaporust but I am not a fan of the patina it leaves. I dont like it to be new and shiny. Electrolysis is great and if patient will even strip paint. I like it because I set it up and forget it. It is really simple and all you need is a 12V battery charger, a piece of steel to use as a sacrificial anode, washing soda a non-conductive container, plastic bucket works well and some patience. If the rust is only surface wd-40 or a light penetrating oil such as Kroil and a scotchbrite pad and some elbow grease will remove it fairly quickly. I like the scotch brite method for table tops,ie table saw, jointer. I have heard of also using a random orbit sander with the scotchbrite pad being a little quicker. I am not a fan as you run the risk of rounding the edges of the cast iron. There are a lot of good videos on you tube that show how to set up an electrolysis tank. If you decide to use it remember NOT to use stainless steel as an anode. There is a chemical reaction with the washing soda that will create caustic fumes and solution.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#9 posted 09-18-2010 04:37 AM

EvapoRust is supposed to work very well but the part being de-rusted has to be submerged in the solution. So, unless your tool is small or you have a large vat with lots of $$$ to buy EvapoRust, I’d probably look for an alternative.

Here are a couple of websites pertaining to rust removal:

http://www.theruststore.com/?UserID=7311045&SessionID=iCHMNxwjHLg3zVdCt2WF
http://www.theruststore.com/?UserID=7311045&SessionID=iCHMNxwjHLg3zVdCt2WF

You might also check out electrolysis rust removal. Again, this depends on the size of the part(s) you are trying to clean.

Jim

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wchips

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#10 posted 09-19-2010 04:43 AM

I agree with Rick. It is economical and effective but not fast

-- wchips

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