A question about cleaning hand tools. Ruined Bed Rock Plane?

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Forum topic by walterdlewis posted 12-11-2012 09:20 AM 1056 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2012 09:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand tools cleaning bed rock acid

I feel like a fool even posting this, but I might have ruined my Bed Rock 605.
I have used Muriatic acid to clean files and such for a while, but now I may have made a mistake. This morning I was cleaning some files, and decided to throw in my Bed Rock Jack Plane body in to see if I could get some of the persistant rust off the sides. the acid was about an inch deep, and I put it in and moved it around a bit to get good coverage. I kept it in for about 10 minutes, and when I took it out and rinsed it the finish was dull, almost like I Parkerized it. Now I am trying to brighten things back up by lapping the plane. I heard that the acid starts a chemical reaction that dosent stop, and will make parts rust much more readily. Did I ruin it? Any advice on how to un-ring the bell?

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#1 posted 12-11-2012 10:12 AM

I can’t speak from experience with this acid, just foggy memories from chemical class. Acids and Bases neutralize each other. Perhaps a quick bath in baking soda?

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#2 posted 12-11-2012 02:39 PM

Cast iron is a lot softer than your files. Use Evaporust next time. You may have dulled it, but not ruined it. Give it a good long baking soda bath. It’ll be fine.

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#3 posted 12-11-2012 02:46 PM

Thanks for the replies guys. I soaked it in a strong baking soda/water solution, once I polished off the odd grey parkerized kind of look it seemed to clean up fine.

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 02:16 AM

Good luck. Electrolysis is another good noninvasive method.

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#5 posted 12-14-2012 08:41 AM

I am thinking that acid would attack the sharpest points on any surface so when you put files in acid that would instantly dull the file. Or am I being wrong in my thinking here?

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