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"Restoration" of old tools?

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Mike CA

04-26-2009 14:59:01




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I've been given a lot of old tools that are pretty dusty and old, some with rust on them. What is the best way to clean them up?

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TimV

04-27-2009 06:21:30




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 Re: Restoration of old tools? in reply to Mike CA, 04-26-2009 14:59:01  
Mike CA: As has been noted, if you have any concern for resale value on these tools, DO NOT wire-wheel them! The method used by most restorers is electrolysis--it is covered in the archives of this site and many places online, one of which I've linked below. Basically it consists of an electrical current run through an electrically conductive bath, which results in corroded metal being electrically removed from the tool and deposited on a sacrificial piece. It's quite simple to use and can be done with commonly available household chemicals and a battery charger in a 5-gallon bucket, though like any process you can of course come up with much more extravagant systems if desired.

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woody73

04-26-2009 19:24:35




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 Re: Restoration of old tools? in reply to Mike CA, 04-26-2009 14:59:01  
Hi, Dale and Lzybull, I must tell you something,this group name that I am about to give you is a very very very strict group! What I mean to say is they are very prim and proper. They will not tolerate any deviations period! No bad language,no spitting,no talking about other topics (did you hear about the women with 16 babies ),no name calling etc. Ok if this sounds like your kind of group this is the web site. www.papawswrench.com Best of luck Woody.

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Rodm1

04-26-2009 16:51:30




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 Re: in reply to Mike CA, 04-26-2009 14:59:01  
Do not wire wheel them. You will loose all resale value! If you must you can use evaporust on them.

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woody73

04-26-2009 16:43:37




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 Re: Restoration of old tools? in reply to Mike CA, 04-26-2009 14:59:01  
Hi Mike,not to scare you but if you have a gut feeling that one tool or several are very old leave the patina alone.....put oil on the rust ASAP. I belong to a web group and all we talk about are old tools; I just read that an old wrench traded hands at $13,000 dollars!!!!it must have been made out of pure platinum.All the best Woody.



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Dalex

04-26-2009 19:05:21




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 Re: Restoration of old tools? in reply to woody73, 04-26-2009 16:43:37  
Woody , I'd like to get the URL for your group.I'm always collecting tools Thanks , Dale Powell



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lzybull

04-26-2009 16:51:30




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 Re: Restoration of old tools? in reply to woody73, 04-26-2009 16:43:37  
what is your web group ? sounds very interesting. i"ve been colecting old tools for a long time. i would be very interested in checking out the site. thanks,glenn fuller ( the other glenn f )



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Glenn F.

04-26-2009 15:25:41




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 Re: Restoration of old tools? in reply to Mike CA, 04-26-2009 14:59:01  
Use them.

Glenn F.



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gun guru

04-26-2009 15:00:56




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 Re: Restoration of old tools? in reply to Mike CA, 04-26-2009 14:59:01  
Clean with mineral spirits, wire wheel off the rust and put on a light coat of oil.



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