|Forum topic by Dan||posted 07-27-2011 07:39 PM||8833 views||6 times favorited||17 replies|
07-27-2011 07:39 PM
There are a lot of us on here that enjoy restoring old tools and giving them new life. Whether its hand tool or power tool there have been a lot of great blogs, forum topics and projects posted about tool restoration.
There are a lot of how to questions posted on here in regards to restoring tools. How to remove rust? How to polish metal? How to fix broken parts? ext ext…
I thought it would be fun to start a thread with everyone discussing their techniques on restoring tools and also the tools, jigs and products that you use.
I will start off by making a short list of some of the tools & products I use the most for restoring tools.
1. Spray bottles x3 – I always have 3 spray bottles one bottle of water, one with mineral spirits and one with simple green cleaner. These will handle almost all of the cleaning jobs.
2. WD40 – Use this all the time to loosen rusted parts and also to lube all of the different screws and bolts after they have been cleaned.
3. Shop rags – Cleaning and restoring tools is extremely messy so its important to have plenty of shop rags on hand. I cut up old bath towels and use them for most of the work. However its nice to have a few softer cloths on hand for when your working with polish. I also keep a roll of paper towel next to me.
4. Wire and Tooth Brushes- I am always using steel and brass wired brushes. They are especially useful for cleaning screw and bolt threads. A wire wheel in a drill or dremmel tool is also very handy but I have much more control doing with hand held brushes.
5. Sandpaper – Most used grits for me would be 180, 220, 400, 800. Its important for me to have a good quality paper that does not rip when folded. I am always cutting and folding the paper so I can reach tight areas and I have used some brands that will rip to easily when folded.
6. Metal detail picks – These are VERY handy to have. I got a pack of 6 detail picks from Harbor Freight for a few dollars and its well worth it. They beat any other hand or power tool when it comes to picking dirt out of hard to reach places. I also use them to clean out the heads on screws and even the threads.
7. Razor Blades – In or out of a knife razors are used often to scrap and clean. I find them most useful to scrap wooden tool handles. I will often have a plane or saw handle with paint drops on it and a razor blade will scrap the paint off a lot easier then it would be to sand the paint off.
8. Vise Grips – Good for loosening rusted bolts.
9. Q-Tips – Fantastic for cleaning and polishing hard to reach areas. Also great for cleaning out bolt/screw holes. Spray some wd40 in the threaded hold and clean it out with a Q-tip.
10. 3m Abrasive pads – Green, Red, Grey and White. These are by far my most used item when it comes to cleaning and restoration. They are great for removing dirt and rust and they last a lot longer then sand paper. They work much like steel wool but are much better to use. I use them on wood and metal and the white pads will leave an ultra shiny surface.
I have a lot more items that I use but I will stop my list there… Please share products you guys use and your methods..
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"