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Posted: 10/28/2010 7:33:37 AM EDT
I had some dies and such that have some real slight surface rust on them.  What is the best way to clean them up and get them back in action?
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 7:34:53 AM EDT
I use steel wool, and then re-oil them.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 7:38:18 AM EDT
if its truely surface rust , just a cleaning patch and some oil will uselly clean it up. if its deeper then that, will have to use some fine steel wool to rub it out.
keep your dies oiled
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 7:57:26 AM EDT
WD40 or CLP and steel wool like the others have said.

I made the mistake of using brake cleaner on some dies and not re-oiling all of the parts.

I got all of the surface rust off again though.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 8:48:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/28/2010 8:50:01 AM EDT by MastaMarksman]
If you want to make sure your dies will never rust again you need to pick up some Corrosion X.

It was first used by the military in the aviation industry, but is now available to everyone.

Many of us that own/use AK's that shoot corrosive ammo like the AK-74 use this stuff to prevent corrosion from the salt in the primers.

All Corrosion X products are the exact same stuff, just different packaging/applicators.

It works great!  Try some out.

P.S.  I don't sell it, work for the company, or benefit in any way.  I just like to spread the word for a great product!

Link Posted: 10/28/2010 9:16:53 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 10:59:38 AM EDT
wire brush if it's the outside of the die.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 11:34:22 AM EDT
if not too heavy, I wonder if tumbling them would work to remove outside surface rust
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 11:42:33 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:
if not too heavy, I wonder if tumbling them would work to remove outside surface rust

This is exactly what I do...  Lee dies WILL rust in the Houston humidity.  Take 'em apart, toss 'em in the tumbler with walnut, and viola!  Good as new.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 1:54:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 2:09:30 PM EDT
I use a Scotchbrite pad, and lube them up with HDY OneShot.  OneShot works good for die lube!  a little expensive....
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:25:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:57:01 PM EDT
I place my dies in a 40mm(I think) ammo can.  It will hold about ten die sets in their boxes real neatly, toss in a dessicant pack.....no more rust.
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