Asked on Dec 31, 2018

How can these daps be saved?

Charlie WaggleLynn SorrellJake Unger Sr.


I used to make jewelry a long time ago. These an my mandels were exposed to air resulting in rust & pits. Any ideas how I can restore them?

6 answers
  • Em
    on Dec 31, 2018

    Looked up daps and there is no definition in the dictionary.

    Looked up mandel and there is no definition in the dictionary.

    What are these pieces made of? They just look rusty. Look up ways to remove rust on Google and there are TONS of ways to remove rust. Find the one that suits your ability best.

  • Suellen Hintz
    on Dec 31, 2018

    You can remove rust using power tools or elbow grease and a metal brush. You could have them professionally cleaned; look online for metal treatments or you could have them treated by coating with another metal. There is a product in the paint department that 'kills' rust but it leaves behind a very odd appearance.

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Dec 31, 2018

    Try spraying with WD40, let it sit, use fine steel wool to remove rust. Spray again and wipe off excess,

  • Jake Unger Sr.
    on Dec 31, 2018

    You Tube has many restoration videos. Maybe you can find one to help you.

  • Lynn Sorrell
    on Dec 31, 2018

    Mandrel-- Daps are rounded ends on Mandrel used with mallet for forming rounded shapes. Try some steel wool or balled up aluminum foil & rub them. My jewelry mandrels are made of aluminum. These however look much older are they made of iron/steel? If cast iron/iron,steel may be able to soak in vinegar(up to 24 hrs) and it should come off. Or if you have grinding wheel use brass wire brush(not steel) to remove it,but only if it's iron or steel because grinder method will scratch them if softer metal especially dap head. Info. more more when you get them cleaned up (using vinegar rinse in baking soda/water solution to stop acid from vinegar) dry well then use oil on them to keep them from rusting all over again. Air & moisture are what makes things rust, moisture doesn't mean it actually got wet it could be from humidity even just a slight bit. I love old hand tools have a large collection of jewelry & wood working tools. These are really nice, take better care of them,maybe after you oil them even keep them in plastic moisture proof baggies.

  • Charlie Waggle
    on Dec 31, 2018

    navel jelly

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