Cleaning Corrosion from Your Tools
by Judy Freyer Thompson
I have a few steel mandrels that are showing some corrosion; maybe a rusty spot here or there and I want to bring them back to looking new, or at least as close as possible to looking new!

I grabbed some WD40, sand paper and a scrubbing pad to help get them back in shape. Keep in mind the WD40 will leave a residue that you will want to remove with dish soap and water; just make sure you rinse and dry your pieces well to prevent more corrosion.

This cleaning tip is great for cleaning those flea market finds that have surface corrosion so you can incorporate them into your tool inventory.
Instructions
Here are a couple of mandrels that show some corrosion.
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Spray a small amount of WD40 directly on the area you wish to clean, and rub in gentle circular motions using 240 grit sandpaper, follow with 400 grit sandpaper.
Once you are happy with the removal process, rinse the piece and scrub with the scrubbing pad and dish soap. Dry thoroughly.
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Cleaned pieces.
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