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RussellAP

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803 days ago

Has anyone ever tried soaking metal plane parts in distilled vinegar over night to remove rust?

Is there a better way?

What do you use?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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#1 posted 803 days ago

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#2 posted 803 days ago

Don, I can get Evapo-rust at O’reilly auto parts.
I’m not that concerned with Japanning on the metal. I’ll likely just use some gun oil on the metal parts after I finish.
I have a mess of planes to recondition, mostly no 4 and 5 stanleys. I have about 4 coming from Ebay and I picked up about 10 yesterday at antique stores.

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#3 posted 803 days ago

When your at O’reilly’s ask if they have some fluid film. Its like gun oil in a spray can. Works great.

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#4 posted 802 days ago

Don
I have a spray can of gun oil.

I took the fulton no5 apart today and cleaned and removed some of the Japanning from the base and frog. Some of it was bubbled and some wasn’t. I guess I’ll have to repaint this one.
It has some pits on the sole of the plane, but I don’t think they’ll be a problem. The screws for the tote look a little ragged. I may sharpen this one up and see what it can do before I put more into it.

I may have to invest in a sand blaster. I just hate not being able to get into the corners and remove the paint, grime and whatnot.

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#5 posted 802 days ago

I’ve tried Evaporust, vinegar and electrolysis. I always go back to the green Scotchbrite pads, some L.A. Totally Awesome degreaser (sold at the $1 store) and elbow grease. I do a lot of planes, and space and time are both issues for me. I’ve found I can clean a whole lot of planes in an afternoon or evening this way and I don’t have to wait overnight. I’ve found that the other methods leave a dark grey tint to the plane that has to be scrubbed off anyway, so why not just do that from the beginning. I’ve also picked up a bunch of old dental picks at garage sales and they work great for getting into those difficult areas. Hope this helps.

One other issue about vinegar. It will not stop when the rust is gone. It will also eat the iron. This is a great way to clean/sharpen old rasps and files.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#6 posted 802 days ago

I have had good look removing rust from metal plane parts by soaking them in a citric acid bath.

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