How do I clean rust from metal tools?

  7 answers
  • Amanda Amanda on Mar 28, 2019

    Hi Karen. First wash the tools in soapy water. Then use water and vinegar and a wool pad and scrub them. If that doesn't work make a paste from baking soda and water and scrub them with a tooth brush. When you are completed you can spray them with WD40 or use lemon oil to prevent rust again. Good Luck!

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir Jeremy Hoffpauir on Mar 28, 2019

    The best way to do it is a cheap sand blaster like this one along with an air compressor. It works really well.

    I use it for all sorts of things like cleaning driftwood, etc..

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Mar 28, 2019

    really depends what the tools are? there really are 100s of tools--garden tools 5 gallon bucket filled 3/4 with sand add 1qt used motor oil mix thoroughly plunge shovels,saws, manual hedge trimmers etc. into sand it cleans then oils them ;other tools steel wool,wire brushes,files,vinegar,sand paper,aluminum foil sheets or balls;some could just be wiped with WD40, as I said depends on what they are and how bad rust is

  • Megan Megan on Mar 28, 2019

    If you are going to paint them I've had luck spraying Shellac over rust and then painting. Shellac will seal in rust stains. Blessings on your project!

  • Teresa Teresa on Mar 29, 2019

    Soaking in vinegar will work and is cheap. I like the youtube route. hope it helps. Make sure to wax or oil them after they are clean.

  • Ros Howieson Ros Howieson on Mar 29, 2019

    Tomato sause. Soak in sause. I do this over night. Wash off the next day. All clean.

  • Karen Karen on Mar 30, 2019

    Thank all of you for your rapid and useful answers, apptreciate them.