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To remove Rust from tools without using caustic chemicals

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Super66
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To remove Rust from tools without using caustic chemicals

I Had a rusty old tool that my dad gave to me so I thought I would geve this a shot. I mix 1 part molasses with 9 parts water in a container, then soak the rusty items in it for  about 3 months. 2015-01-17 15.21.51.jpg

 

This is what I started with...

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After a about 3 months

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A wash and a little and steelwool.....

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Super almost a good a new.....

 

Community Manager Jason
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Re: To remove Rust from tools without using caustic chemicals

Wow, huge difference @Super66. Many thanks for sharing. 

 

Jason

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Kermit
Valued Contributor

Re: To remove Rust from tools without using caustic chemicals

Nice work @Super66.

 

White vinegar was also a popular choice for cleaning up rusty tools in this discussion from a while back - https://www.workshop.com.au/t5/Outdoor-Living/Best-way-to-clean-up-rusty-tools/m-p/9425

reproturn
Budding Browser

Re: To remove Rust from tools without using caustic chemicals

Works yes but it costs $$$ and takes months. Try citric acid powder. Cheaper and takes just hours to get the same result. Non-toxic, in fact you can drink it if ou need some vitamin C. Put a couple of handfuls in a bucket of hot water.
PresidentOxford
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Re: To remove Rust from tools without using caustic chemicals

Citric acid does not contain Vit. C

Emilie
Budding Browser

Re: To remove Rust from tools without using caustic chemicals

I heard that coke works well too.
Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: To remove Rust from tools without using caustic chemicals

@reproturn and @Emilie,

 

Thanks for joining in the discussion. And let me extend a very warm welcome to the community. It's great to have you with us. I'm sure you will get plenty of great advice and inspiration from other members, and have plenty you can share with us about your own projects. 

 

Please let me know if you ever need a hand getting the most from Workshop. I'm always happy to help.

 

Jason

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