Introduction

Do you have some rusty old tools laying around the house? Use this guide to remove that pesky rust and return your tools to good working condition.

Image 1/2: Prepare your workspace by laying out an old towel or shop rag that you won't mind getting dirty. Image 2/2: Consider also wearing protective gloves.
  • Removing rust generally isn't dangerous, but it's pretty messy.

    • Prepare your workspace by laying out an old towel or shop rag that you won't mind getting dirty.

    • Consider also wearing protective gloves.

    • Place your tool on the towels.

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  • Spray the rusty areas of the tool with a generous amount of WD-40.

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Image 1/3: It shouldn't take a lot of force—the WD-40 and scouring pad will do most of the work. Image 2/3: It shouldn't take a lot of force—the WD-40 and scouring pad will do most of the work. Image 3/3: It shouldn't take a lot of force—the WD-40 and scouring pad will do most of the work.
  • Use a scouring pad to thoroughly scrub the tool.

    • It shouldn't take a lot of force—the WD-40 and scouring pad will do most of the work.

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  • Use a paper towel to wipe away the excess grime and WD-40.

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Image 1/1: When you finish, your tool may not look brand new—but the surface should now be rust-free and ready for years of continued use.
  • Continue scouring the tool, adding more WD-40 as needed, until the surface is free of rust.

  • When you finish, your tool may not look brand new—but the surface should now be rust-free and ready for years of continued use.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Geoff Wacker

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Apple cider vinegar removes rust well. Try it.

Michael Jucker - Reply

Apple cider vinegar removes rust well.

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