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Old 08-15-2005, 08:13 PM
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Cleaning Old Rusty Tools

Hey Ya'll,

My 2nd cousin was a mechanic, and had a small private junkyard for years. Well, he's in bad health now and we've been over there cleaning the place up and dad got a whooooole bunch of old tools.

He said I can take one of the rolling toolboxes and get me up my own set because some of them are Snap-On and Craftsman tools. Only problem is they're older than me, alot are kinda rusty and VERY greasy/grimy.

My brother said something about soaking them in a bucket of 10W oil? How do I go about quickly cleaning them? I don't have the attention span to clean and polish a bunch of wrenches and assorted sockets by hand.

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Old 08-15-2005, 08:18 PM
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Get a 5 gallon bucket with a lid..throw all the tools in it and cover with paint thinner..leave em for a while and then fish em out..wipe with a rag and you are home free for the most part..

A little rust won't hurt ya much..really bad ones may have to be replaced but you are a whole lot ahead..

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To get rid of the rust, put a wire wheel in a bench grinder and have at it..................make sure you wear a face shield.

If they are rusted, the chrome plating is shot..............the rust will come back. A coating of WD40 will slow it down.
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Parts cleaner will clean the gunk off of them with no problem but the rust is another story. About the best thing would be a wire brush mounted on a grinder or even a mild acid dip solution. Just a couple of ideas, I am sure someone else will come up with more.
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Old 08-15-2005, 08:24 PM
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I use the bucket method also except I pour some automatic trans fluid in with the paint thinner ( Mineral spirits) I usually let them soak a few days, the take them out and wipe them dry with a shop towel. The combination of the mineral spirits and auto trans fluid seems to get rid of most of the rust.
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Wow, what quick replies. Awesome, thanks!

There's really not that many that are really rusty...a few of the wrenches maybe. They're mostly grease and grime covered.

I'll try the suggestions, thanks!

[There's some REAL old stuff in there, too. My dad keeps saying, "I bet nobody knows what this is." May post up some pics later.]
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Hey thats a great idea about the pics. I like checking out the old stuff. I am an old coot so maby I will know what some of it is.
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I'd like to see pictures, too.

Got a portable cement mixer? Put some sand and oil (10W sounds good) and let 'em tumble a while. Don't run it fast and long or you will round over some edges. A slow tumble will do it.
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Hey Girlie !!

Nice seeing you again!!


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If they are real greasy, take some brake cleaner and clean them off. If they are real rusty...they have a lifetime warranty w/no questions asked. Just return them for some new ones. If my Crapman stuff starts to go bad I just head to the nearest Sears for a replacement. They don't need to know anything else other than the point that they have a lifetime warranty.
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So if some of the sockets are rounded off and no good anymore, I can take them back to Sears? Alot of the stuff is Craftsman.

What if the set of sockets isn't complete?
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BBB,
One of the nice things about the Craftsman tools is that the guarantee is for individual pieces. So if you have a bad 1/2 socket out of a set you take the 1/2" in and they replace it.
Same thing on the Snap On. I know junk yards have their own atmosphere but letting Snap On tools get rusty is just wrong
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Soak

Chromed Tools To Polish Them Use 00 Size Steel Wool And Oil.............. As For Rusted Non Chromed Hand Tools Soak In Some Pool Acid Muraitic Acid 50/50 Mix Acid Water Or 2/3 Acid And 1/3 Water They Will Be Rust Free After A 5 Minute Soak Or So Wear Gloves And Glasses Remove And Clean Soam And Water Paint Or Soak In Oil Tha Theywill Be Almost New
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add electrical current to a 5 gallon bucket of water with baking soda mixed in, drop the rusted tools in there, in a couple days, they'll be rust free, this also works on things like crankshafts, camshafts ect...
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And another one is resurrected from the dead! Hope they have been cleaned by now that was asked back in the middle of ,05
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