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08-27-2013 12:47 AM

Alright so I just got a sweet deal on some new (Old) Stanley hand planes today along with the 5-6 others I’ve collected and I need to get the rust off, I know Evapo-Rust works great but is there any cheaper and readily available I can find anywhere stuff that works as good or better because I don’t feel like shelling out $20 for E-R a gallon and wait to have it shipped every time I need to clean some tools.

I know DonW had told me he was going to try Citric acid but not sure where he got it or how well he liked it.

Thanks for any info in advance

-- Nick, “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort.” ― Fred Rogers, Be My Neighbor


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#1 posted 08-27-2013 12:59 AM

works toilet cleaner. you can buy it at the dollar store. use outdoors gently squirt some on and wait then rinse with water to neutralize the TB cleaner.

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#2 posted 08-27-2013 01:00 AM

Citric Acid would be another choice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 08-27-2013 01:07 AM

Nick, you can buy citric acid on Amazon and it works very well, pretty much a no brainer (as recommended by Chris Schwarz)

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#4 posted 08-27-2013 01:19 AM

Also if there is a local brewing supply store near by they will carry it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 08-27-2013 01:22 AM

I blogged about using it a long time ago…

http://lumberjocks.com/WayneC/blog/1439

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 08-27-2013 01:42 AM

white vinager bout 2 bucks a gallon let them soak in it overnight and just wipe off the rust the next day with any metal brush / steel wool ect. neutralize the vinager afterwards by wiping it down with baking soda. best way to restore old rusty cast iron pans too.

-- jesse

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#7 posted 08-27-2013 01:49 AM

Krud Kutter, Lowe’s is selling this now instead of Evapo-rust. I just used it and think it is the same chemicals as evapo-rust. The larger items electrolysis would work a lot cheaper than chemicals.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 08-27-2013 01:50 AM

Nick if you have a Tractor Supply store by you, they carry Evapo-Rust. I picked some up at the Clifton Park store.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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#9 posted 08-27-2013 01:56 AM

Naval Jelly. They sell it at auto repair stores. Read the directions with that stuff.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#10 posted 08-27-2013 02:02 AM

Try some elbow grease!
Be sure to rub it in hard.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#11 posted 08-27-2013 02:11 AM

Any acid (vinegar, citric, muriatic, etc) will work, but don’t leave tools in there too long, it will attack the metal surface, not just the rust. You can definitely damage stuff this way. I left some auger bits in vinegar for a something more than 24 hours and they were definitely etched. The acid method works best if you use shorter soaking times and brush often with a wire brush like Wayne blogged.

The claim to fame for evapo-rust is that it doesn’t attack the metal you want to keep nearly as much as an acid. It works wonders at that but it isn’t as cheap. So one way to do it is shorter soaks in a weak acid bath with some brushing to get most of the rust off, then use evapo-rust. That will make your evapo rust last much longer.

Electrolysis is the cheapest method in the long run, but you have to get the power source set up and do it safely. IT is also very effective.

Naval jelly works too, but it is much more expensive so it’s best used on things you can’t dunk like something with wood parts that can’t be removed easily.

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#12 posted 08-27-2013 02:34 AM

Tbolt – I already checked the one in Queensbury and Saratoga (I made up an excuse at work to drop crap at our warehouse to go there) I’m not driving another 20 minutes down the Northway for it I’ll waste $15 in gas just to get it, that stuff is already super expensive.

Christophert – I have about 10-11 hand planes and 30-40 files and rasps I need to clean so unless you’re volunteering as cheap labor I’ll think I’ll let the chemicals/electricity do the work.

Going to try “The Works” if I can find it tomorrow if not then I’ll give Krud-Kutter a try but I’m think I’m leaning more towards the electrolysis route if me finding these things will be a continual thing (which with me will be the case) so I mine as well just get the power source and get it setup.

I’m assuming there must be some threads on how to safely and effectively set electrolysis up somewhere on here?

-- Nick, “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort.” ― Fred Rogers, Be My Neighbor

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#13 posted 08-27-2013 02:38 AM

The nice thing about citric acid is that you can control the concentration by adding more or less powder. It’s also cheap as hell. My gigantic bag cost about $15, and will last me for probably the rest of my life, and probably my sons lives as well. I’m not being ironic about that, btw.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#14 posted 08-27-2013 02:57 AM

Shamp – where’d you get your bag of CA from and what ratio do you use and for how long?

-- Nick, “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort.” ― Fred Rogers, Be My Neighbor

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#15 posted 08-27-2013 03:10 AM

Nick: this hippie dippy bulk herb store. The 1 lb. bag is $5. I’d start with that. I got the 5 lb. bag, and it’s a monster (and is a little more expensive now at $20). I picked up some red rock salt too, which is great for tomato salads. Pro tip.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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