Best Way to Clean Rusty Tools

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.

Supplies needed:

  • Wire brush
  • Scotch-brite pads
  • WD-40
Best Way to Clean Rusty Tools
Before Cleaning

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!

Wire brush for cleaning rusty tools
The best tool for the job

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.

How to Clean Rusty Tools with WD-40

The Results

Author: Chris

I find any excuse to spend time in the garage. Whether it be to work on my car or start a new project. Using my tools to create things is one of my favourite hobbies.

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