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Posted: 1/6/2012 7:54:53 PM EDT
I bought a big box full of an assortment of metal files. I had originally thought I would perhaps use them to make knives but when I got to looking at them I began to have second thoughts.

There are several different sizes, styles and cuts. Most have an over all coating of surface rust but most don't have pitting. I soaked a couple in WD40 and used a file card on them with mixed results.

My question is how do you clean rust off your files? Have you ever tried to restore old rusty ones?

I have used electrolysis on some metal items with good results before and am wondering if this would work well on the files? What does the hive say?

Link Posted: 1/6/2012 7:57:22 PM EDT
a quick coat of navel jelly worked on some old files i bought at a flea market,ymmv.
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 8:21:04 PM EDT
Brush them off and oil them up.
If they still cut any rust will be quickly worn off.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:52:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2012 4:52:41 AM EDT by AeroE]
Your other thread on this topic is just below.
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