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Daily Wire Tip June 5: Removing Rust Without Damaging Tools
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
June 05, 2010
Unfortunately I live in a very humid state and my tools are beginning to show signs of rust. How do I remove the rust without damaging the tools?
I did some research for you, and although there are several commercial products that are designed to remove rust from hand tools, I like this one the best. Found at auto supply stores, the product named Evapo-Rust claims to be the most environmentally friendly and easy to use. As this solution says that it will not harm plastic or wood, your hand tools can be safely submerged and soaked. You would then remove them and rinse with good clear water and use a rag to rub off the rust that has been loosened. Repeat this process as necessary, when the tools are clean, submerge them into the solution one more time and then allow them to air dry, as Evapo-Rust leaves a protective coating on the tool.
For natural, more gentle rust removal on your hand tools, try making a thin paste out of either salt or cream of tartar, mixed with either vinegar or lemon juice. Use a rag or old toothbrush to apply and scrub the rust off, rinse well and dry completely.
Believe it or not, Renaissance wax will help to prevent rust from forming on your tools. It takes a bit of work to rub on a couple of coats and then let it dry, but this wax will leave a hard coating that will prevent rust that can come from even the oil your fingers leave on your tools. If you are not going to be working for a while, you could lightly coat the metal parts of your tools with WD-40 (remembering to wipe them clean each time, before working with wire and stones).
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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