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.

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

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

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Continue scouring the tool, adding more WD-40 as needed, until the surface is free of rust.
  • 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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