Last updated on July 5th, 2017 at 04:09 am
I recently found some old tools that had a lot of rust that I needed to clean. My goal was to make them usable again (I hate throwing away tools).
Today’s post will focus on the best way to Clean Rusty tools.
- Wire brush
- Scotch-brite pads
Cleaning Rusty Tools with a Wire Brush
If you have tools with a lot of rust on them you will need a wire brush. You will have to use some elbow grease here. Don’t worry about damaging your tools. They will survive the brush!
A welder’s wire brush is the best option for getting rust off tools. A smaller wire brush works better in tiny crevices and small tools.
After you get most of the rust off, switch to a Scotch-brite cleaning pad to get the rest.
Using Scotch-brite Pads on Rusty Tools
Scotch-brite pads can be used on tools with a little rust. We use these in the shop for cleaning gasket silicone off of engine blocks. The Scotch-brite 7447 are the pads I used here.
Just buff the tools after attacking them with a wire brush to get them even cleaner.