Asked on Jul 14, 2019

How can I remove the rust (I think ) from my hand saw blade?

Toni @ Girl, Just DIY!Linda SikutDesertRose


I have some sharp teeth hand saws and when I cut wood rust on the blades impedes the easy motion to saw through my wood. What an I do to help my saw glide through my wood?

5 answers
    on Jul 14, 2019

    Some mineral oil and fine steel wool should clean up the worst spots on the blade. The teeth themselves should clear up with some use.

  • Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet
    on Jul 14, 2019

    If the rust is really bad, we recommend trying this method:

    Another method is using cream of tartar if it is just mild:

  • DesertRose
    on Jul 14, 2019

    My husband kept old car oil in a small tub of sand for dipping his tools in to prevent rust. It also works well to remove it, but you have to push it in and out quite a few times to undo the rust if it is surface rust. If it is damaging rust you need a new saw.

  • Linda Sikut
    on Jul 14, 2019

    Hi Jan,

    I just did this with a newish saw that hadn't been cleaned up before winter wo it had some rust this year. I rubbed it with a paste of baking soda and water then cleaned it off and sprayed on some WD-40. I let that sit a while then also rubbed off most of it. The WD-40 made it glide a lot more smoother again. I hope this helps you. Wishing you the best.

  • Toni @ Girl, Just DIY!
    on Jul 17, 2019

    Barkeepers friend is great for removing rust with a green scrubby to take it back to metal. Then I'd use a saw blade oil on it or even WD-40 to keep it rust free and gliding easily through the wood.

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