How to Remove Rust From Old Tools

Posted by Sandpaper America on Oct 31st 2019

How to Remove Rust From Old Tools

Just because your old tools are rusty does not mean they have seen their last job. You can easily restore rusty tools so long as you are equipped with the right knowledge and materials. Continue reading to learn how to remove rust from old tools, and bring all your old workshop favorites back to life!

What You Will Need

The first step of the rust removal process is to gather up the proper supplies. Everything you need for the project is listed below, and available at any home improvement store.

  • Cutting Lubricant
  • Variable-Speed Electric Drill
  • 2.5 Inch Nylon Cup Brush - 240 Grit Aluminum Oxide
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Personal Protective Gear

Step-By-Step Guide to Rust Removal

To get started, be sure your tools are entirely dry. Once you are sure they are moisture-free, apply your choice of cutting fluid to the surface area containing the rust. Allow this to set in for 15 to 20 minutes.

Attach the nylon cup brush to your electric drill, and be sure the brush is embedded with 240 grit aluminum oxide abrasive.

Set your drill low, around 500 rpm, and use a back and forth motion against the rusted surface to promote material removal. Do not use excessive pressure, as it might damage the surface integrity of your tool.

Once your rust is buffed off, use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to wipe away the debris and dust. Although optional, finish the process by polishing your newly-restored tool!

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