Removed rust from planes, now what?

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Forum topic by MrWhit posted 03-10-2017 02:24 PM 596 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2017 02:24 PM

I just used the evapo-rust on some plane blades and an old saw. Great job removing the rust, but now there is a grey dull finish. How do I add the nice sheen back to them. How do I protect afterwards? A light coating of wax?

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#1 posted 03-10-2017 02:32 PM

The gray left by Evaporust will generally wipe right off, especially if you do it right after the piece is pulled from the bath and is still damp. At worst a light abrasive action will remove it—wire brush, 3M abrasive pad, steel wool, fine sandpaper, etc.

For rust protection, either wax or oil. I use paste wax, others use a light oil such as 3in1 or camelia oil.

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#2 posted 03-10-2017 03:19 PM

I use a brass wire wheel on my grinder. It doesn’t remove much metal and leave a real nice bright finish. Jay is right about rust protection, I do basically the same thing.

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#3 posted 03-10-2017 04:41 PM

Scotchbrite pads followed up with some 3n1 oil.

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#4 posted 03-10-2017 06:21 PM

Scotchbrite and crc 3-36 for corrosion here. Any of the above are good solutions though.

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#5 posted 03-10-2017 07:46 PM

I use the little wire wheels on a variable speed drill for the small or tight areas then it doesn’t really hurt when i accidentally hit my finger with the wheel

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#6 posted 03-10-2017 07:50 PM

The gray color is caused by phosphates from the de-rusting process. As Jay posted, best removed right after the metal is removed from the solution.
Wear some nitrile gloves ‘cause the stuff will get all over your hands ( I know).
I would use OOOO steel wool then wax/oil.
Good luck on the resto.


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#7 posted 03-10-2017 08:33 PM

That phosphate coating is actually somewhat rust protective if you don’t mind the look of it. If you are waiting for other parts before continuing the restoration you can oil over the phosphate coating for a little more protection.

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#8 posted 03-10-2017 11:22 PM

If you are talking about this kind of look… I like it that way. I would avoid a wire wheel personally, but a buffing wheel might give you the shine you want. For my planes, after removing from EvapoRust, I wash it in the kitchen sink, dry well, them just rub motor oil on them and leave it as below.


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