How to clean rust from chisels

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How to clean rust from chisels
Proper storage can prevent rust from corroding your chisels. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Rust is a chemical reaction that happens when air and water meet metal. When tools don't get cleaned or stored properly, rust is the eventual result. When removing rust from your chisel, protect a wooden handle from moisture. Tape a waterproof covering over the handle and do not submerge it into any cleaning products. You may find just one of the following tips will remove the rust from your chisel.

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Things you need

  • Several containers (large enough to fit chisels)
  • Vinegar
  • Cloth
  • Lubricant
  • Steel wool
  • Salt
  • Lemon
  • Old toothbrush or spoon
  • Black treacle
  • Sandpaper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Soak the metal section of the chisel in a container of vinegar overnight. Wipe the chisel with a clean cloth. Repeat soaking until the chisel is clean.

  2. 2

    Treat the rust with an all-purpose spray-on lubricant and wipe it down with steel wool. Clean off any residue with a clean, dry cloth.

  3. 3

    Combine equal parts of lemon juice and table salt on a plate or container and mix into a paste with an old toothbrush or a spoon. Rub the paste into the chisel with a dry cloth. Repeat applications until the rust is gone and wipe the chisel clean with a cloth.

  4. 4

    Stir 1 tablespoon of black treacle into 118 ml (1/2 cup) of water in a container. Soak the chisel in the mixture, checking it every 24 hours until the rust breaks down. Dry the chisel with a cloth.

  5. 5

    Rub the chisel gently with a fine-grit sandpaper to remove a light coat of rust.

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