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Posted: 8/28/2023 11:23:36 AM EST
Dad passed away in 2020 and his tools were in storage for a couple years while things got worked out. Most are in great shape but some were left in a dusty shop so they have that wonderful black layer that I am sure most are familiar with. So give me ideas on how to clean these up? Bucket of Kroil? I have an ultrasonic cleaner but not sure what solvent to use.




Link Posted: 8/28/2023 11:56:02 AM EST
[#1]
I would coat them all in a nice layer of WD-40 and clean them as needed, this will help keep them from rusting further and you won't feel pressured to get them all done right away.
Link Posted: 8/28/2023 1:30:51 PM EST
[#2]
WD-40, Kroil etc will clean those up just fine. Put some in your ultrasonic cleaner.
Link Posted: 8/28/2023 1:39:44 PM EST
[#3]
Evaporust is your answer. The name is true, just toss things in a bucket of the stuff overnight and the rust will be gone.

Rinse, dry, and coat with rust preventative spray. Done.
Link Posted: 8/29/2023 5:31:42 AM EST
[#4]
good old white vinegar works great for removing light surface rust.
Link Posted: 8/29/2023 7:11:00 AM EST
[#5]
Bucket of Kroil would cost $100+ if they're really bad I'd probably use diesel fuel and some ATF.  For general cleaning of non neglected/rusted tools I use WD-40.  In fact cleaning tools and taking road tar off is all I use WD40 for.
Link Posted: 8/29/2023 7:50:04 AM EST
[#6]
I would start with a big bucket of soap and water.  Then see what you're really working with.
Link Posted: 8/29/2023 8:59:48 PM EST
[#7]
Cleaned a bunch today. Tub of WD-40 for the dusty dirty ones and Evaporust for the actual rusted ones. Worked pretty good so far. I don’t think dad ever met a tool he didn’t like! Found a couple of these:

Link Posted: 9/2/2023 5:46:59 PM EST
[#8]
Brass tumbler
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