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Forum topic by fumehappy posted 01-20-2015 02:26 AM 656 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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fumehappy

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01-20-2015 02:26 AM

Hello all,
Got some files and rasps recently cleaned in citric acid. I know oil is the preferred coating for metal working files but I intend to use some of the curvy ones on wood. Would paste wax work? Thanks!


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#1 posted 01-20-2015 02:28 AM

Neutralize the acid and paste wax.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 02:40 AM

Used simple green followed by alcohol rinse :) been two weeks and no flash rust so far…

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#3 posted 01-20-2015 03:52 AM

I actually don’t put anything on my rasps. I clean them with soft brass bristle brush. Simple Green is an awesome product. I clean my band saw and table saw blades with it.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#4 posted 01-20-2015 03:02 PM

Figured a pic was appropriate. Still working on proportions and soak times, as far as the citric solution goes. I’ve cleaned quite a few chisels and files so far with great results. Any gunk left on them after the soak, and the simple green usually strips it right off. I agree, great product.

Handle on the one is beech, copper ferrule is from salvage i found half buried in the ground at a jobsite. :)

Thanks!

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#5 posted 01-21-2015 01:50 AM

I agree I’ve started picking up any cheap files I see at garage sales and whatnot that feel a little sharp to the touch and cleaning them up with citric acid. I used a baking soda rinse and that also eliminated the flash rust. I curious too about what to put on them. I think I read oil interferes with a file’s cutting action on metal, but that doesn’t really make sense. If so though, nothing would be a decent choice.

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