How do I keep old manual tools from looking rusted?


I have a special place in my heart for some reason when it comes to "old" tools. Saws, manual drills, clamps, etc. I want to clean them and display them on the wall around my back porch but don't want them to rust. Any ideas is greatly appreciated.

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  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 02, 2018

    If you have reusted metal, soak those parts in cedar vinegar for 2-4 days, then scrape away rust. Apply WD 40 to keep clean, wiping it on. Let soak in, then wipe dry.

    If they'll be exposed to the elements, you may try polyurethane, but not sure it will be sufficient.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Nov 02, 2018
    Hi Denise, this is Peggy. My dad loved tools and they have a special place in my heart too. Here are some suggestions for you. Good luck How to Remove Rust from Tools - Bob Vila
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    Follow these two straightforward methods to remove rust from tools, restore their shine, and stop ... Just pick up the inexpensive chemical at your local home improvement store to get started. ... Or, use an old-fashioned wooden toolbox instead.
  • Hi Denise. Here's a post about how to remove rust from them and how to preserve them. Hope that helps!

  • Trudi Trudi on Nov 02, 2018
    Remove Rust with Vinegar

    Submerge the rusted object in undiluted white vinegar. If the object is too large to do so, liberally spray or dab vinegar over the rusted area.

    Allow the vinegar to soak in for at least 30 minutes. If you're dealing with a lot of rust, a longer soak will probably be necessary. If that's the case, start with a couple of hours. Then, check on your progress.

    Pull your object out of its vinegar bath, and use a brush to scrub off any remaining surface rust. An old toothbrush or nail brush works great for this. Then, rinse the object off, and dry it thoroughly.Repeat the process if any rust remains.

    Remove Rust with Lemon Juice

    Mix Borax and lemon juice together to form a paste. You also can use baking soda if you don't have any Borax on hand.

    Apply the paste to the rust, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes (longer for rustier objects). If the paste starts to dry out, just spray a bit of water over it to re-wet it.

    Use a brush (a toothbrush works great) to scrub the paste into the rusted object. The scrubbing should lift the rust right off. If you still see any rust, just repeat the process. Be sure to rinse and dry the object thoroughly before you use it again.

    And if you want to go out and buy something Evepo-Rust works pretty good.

  • Judy L Smith Judy L Smith on Nov 03, 2018

    Rust remover and keeping them well oiled will preserve them forever.

  • Kathe Kathe on Nov 03, 2018

    Don't poly! Just oil them.

  • L. Munguia L. Munguia on Nov 07, 2018

    After I use some of the old tools my Dad had, their not rusted, I spray a little WD40 on them and wrap in some old rag clothes until I use them again. I do this everytime I use them if it looks like the WD has dried up.

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