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Forum topic by Brett posted 03-09-2011 09:14 PM 1009 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brett

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03-09-2011 09:14 PM

I’ve started looking at hand planes at antique malls, and have noticed that the metal surfaces on some are covered with a “bright” rust and on others they look very dark, almost black. Does rust darken with age, or is there something else going on?

-- More tools, fewer machines.


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rance

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 09:33 PM

New rust = Light
Rust + sweat = Dark

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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swirt

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 09:45 PM

And the not very popular

Piss + Rust = Dark tools nobody else wants to borrow. ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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rance

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 09:55 PM

Excuse me while I go piss in my toolbox. This could be my new theft prevention approach.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 10:12 PM

The black stuff is usually dirt/dust/rust all mixed together. I love to plug a great product called Evaporust. Soak the tool in that stuff over night and there will be no rust the next morning. Scrub it off and most of that black stuff will come off to. Its an amazing product. They sell it at automotive stores.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Brett

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 10:15 PM

I’ve come across many websites that describe using Evaporust to remove rust from hand planes. How does it compare with, say, citric acid? Can it be reused?

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swirt

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#6 posted 03-10-2011 06:20 AM

Evaporust can be re-used, several times until it just quits working. The fumes are less than using an acid. The only downside is that it is more expensive than citric acid.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 03-10-2011 06:34 AM

Electrolysis works beautifully too.

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#8 posted 03-11-2011 02:46 AM

Rance and swirt. Thats funny. We need a like button like facebook.

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