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    Default Rusty Tools

    Because of limited space in the house, we kept all of our tools outside in a shed. Most fared well except for the box filled with rusty drill bits, paddle bits & other small tools. They have a good coating of rust on them but not bad enough to toss them. Is there an easy way to clean these up?
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    soak in coca cola or vinegar
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    white or cider?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zazzu View Post
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    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    "You think a wall as solid as the earth separates civilisation from barbarism. I tell you the division is a sheet of glass."
    John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir of Enfield (1875-1940): Author and Diplomat

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    Thank you very much :)
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    I tune my raw steel tools in used motor oil when they take on a little surface rust.
    Tools that really need cleaned up soak for a few weeks in a half and half used oil/diesel fuel blend, then get the wire brush.

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    If you don't like the stink of Vinegar, you can use full strength green antifreeze, just immerse them and leave for a couple of days.

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    Thanks for the replies. I already have them soaking in vinegar on the back patio. I'll check them later today.
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    Wanted to let you know the drill bits turned out fantastic. After they were cleaned and dried I rubbed a bit of sewing machine oil on them. They are now being kept in a tool chest inside the house.
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