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Forum topic by unisaw posted 03-28-2013 12:39 AM 1695 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2013 12:39 AM

I opened this pouch with my carving tools and was shocked to see the rust that had accumulated after 2 years of storage. I shouldn’t have been in hindsight, my basement has a dehumidifier but it’s not enough. An open storage case would have been a better option.

Any thoughts on removing the rust? Should I just trash them?

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#1 posted 03-28-2013 12:46 AM

They are trash, send them to me and I’ll dispose of them. : )

There are a number of ways to get rid of the rust.

Evaporust is a great product, that works wonders on rusty tools. Just soak them over night and they come out rust free. Tools with wood handles are a little trickier, you probably don’t wanna soak the wood. But if you can fashion a way to soak just the metal, that’s probably your best bet.

Electrolysis is another effective method, but requires some set up.

Good old fashioned wire wheel works good too.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#2 posted 03-28-2013 12:54 AM

Like LukieB above says, just polish out the rust. THEN before you put them back up, spray them down with WD-40 and let them sit overnight before wiping them down. WD-40 displaces all moisture and leaves a rust preventative coating. I’ve been doing this with all of my tools for years and I rarely have ANY rust problems.


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#3 posted 03-28-2013 01:16 AM

Coke soak them in it over night and it will eat away the rust

-- Coach Mancuso

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#4 posted 03-28-2013 01:36 AM

whoo.. that’s ugly. I’ve used this ‘rust eraser’ on many things in my shop, and really like them. I use them dry at first, then with Siimple Green, and dry the metal well. I only bought the ‘medium’ and it works very well, even on the drill press.
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Wipe lightly with a light oil before storing them again.


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#5 posted 03-28-2013 01:38 AM

Lucas already covered it but I would add that they are hazardous materials so you should make sure to send them to a properly licensed disposer such as myself.

The rust probably looks worse than it is. Once you remove it by any of the above methods, the only problem will be if there is pitting on the flat surface that the beveled surface meets up against. Since sharpness depends on the meeting of two flat, polished surfaces, if you have pitting in one, that keeps you from getting them properly sharp. The beveled side isn’t so hard because you can grind that away. The flat side you need to remove more material to keep that side flat. Well, curved in the case of the gouges, but that face still has a straight edge you need to maintain along the length of the gouge. Probably not explaining that well, hope it makes some sense.

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