How to clean rusty tools

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How to clean rusty tools

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Project Overview

It’s important to keep your tools clean and rust free because they will work a lot more efficiently. We’ll show you how to use an abrasive chemical and steel wool to clean your tools. You’ll also learn how to clean heavily rusted tools with a wire brush.  
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Apply an abrasive chemical to loosen the rust
2 Rub over with steel wool
3 Apply a protective lubricant
4 Use a wire brush on heavily rusted tools
  • Step 1. Apply an abrasive chemical to loosen the rust

    As you will be using an abrasive chemical cleaner, make sure you wear protective gloves. If you’re not working in a well-ventilated area also put on a face mask. Give the tool a gentle squirt with the abrasive chemical. You don’t need to leave it on for very long.


  • Step 2. Rub over with steel wool

    Gently rub the tool over with steel wool to remove the rust. Don’t use sandpaper as this is too abrasive, it will scratch the tool and you’ll get more rust developing. Apply more abrasive chemical and rub down again if necessary.
  • Step 3. Apply a protective lubricant

    Wipe down the tool and then spray it with a protective lubricant. Wipe it over the surface of the tool, being careful not to dry it off as you want to leave a nice, even coating.
  • Step 4. Use a wire brush on heavily rusted tools

    For heavily rusted tools start with a wire brush to remove the worst of it. Spray the tool with the chemical, then scrub it with the brush and then wipe it off. Repeat the process if necessary. You want to get the worst off before finishing the job with steel wool and protective lubricant as before.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Gloves
  • Mask
  • Wire brush

Materials

  • Abrasive chemical
  • Protective lubricant
  • Steel wool
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