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Before you get started, you need to prepare some ingredients and tools. Firstly, you need a container in which the instrument that needs to undergo the cleaning procedure can fully lie down, as well as an unnecessary toothbrush that is still able to rub. Secondly, you need motor oil (of any brand), edible salt and, finally, vinegar 9% (you can safely take apple).

So, first we put our "damaged" tool in a prepared container, then immediately pour it with vinegar so that the metal surface is completely immersed in the liquid. Having left the bottle with vinegar, we take table salt and sprinkle it with a tool. We try to do this so that the salt drops directly onto the rust. This "broth" is left to stand peacefully for a day.

Over the next 24 hours, a chemical reaction will occur that will begin to destroy rust. By the expiration of the term, “broth” can be noticed, as “rusty flakes” appeared in vinegar. Now you can take out our tool and start rubbing it thoroughly with a toothbrush so as to remove all residual rust and chemical reaction. If the tool has moving parts, such as pliers, the first movements may still be difficult, but then everything should be fine.

That's the whole cleaning procedure. Why did we need to prepare engine oil? In fact, everything is quite simple. After all, the tool needs to be lubricated before work, so we find a suitable piece of rag, soak it in oil and begin how to handle only that cleaned tool. If everything was done correctly, then the assistant brought back to life will serve faithfully for more than one year. You can apply this cleaning method to most “simple” tools.

Comments 11

"Space technology." You need to Skolkovo.

I haven’t tried it myself (with cola), but they say ordinary Coca-Cola copes very well with rust: ,

Urgently looking to rent a bath with vinegar the size of an UAZ for a day. G-)

A couple of days ago, I poured my bits with a converter with zinc. 3 times I had to add, because the reaction stopped. Then I washed it in a large amount of water, wiped it off and oiled with oil. I am satisfied with the result.

Is it rust? It's just a tool that is not used, dust!

removed all the coating will rust many times faster

Interestingly, will it remove the rust from the blade of the knife?

Interesting, useful, but the whole point could be laid out in half a minute, and not stretch for 5 and a half.
By the way, the author of the video forgot to do one important thing - to hold the product for a while in a solution of soda in order to quench acidity. It will take a ride with bits, but in other products, acid residues can do much harm.

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It often happens that after a long operation, or, on the contrary, a break in work, the tool loses its original appearance, becomes unsuitable for further use. It begins to become polluted and oxidized, a reddish-brown coating forms. Corrosion is a natural process of changing metal, especially if instruments are not stored in suitable conditions, for example, in an unheated room with a lot of dampness. We will describe how to clean tools from rust in order to restore their appearance and use them further.

Cleaning the tool from dirt

In order to maximally protect yourself and everything that this or that tool is intended for, it is necessary to carry out regular cleaning. This procedure prevents rust and gives the subject a maximum life.

Below are some helpful tips throughout the course of your work:

  • No matter how boring and boring the careful rubbing of the item after each use seems, it is always necessary to do this. To prevent unpleasant plaque, it is recommended to use a special cleaning agent.
  • If a tool, such as a shovel or other sharp object, may become dull during operation, special attention should be paid to it. Timely update the sharpness of the work surface.
  • If a sharp tool was in contact with concrete, cleaning is necessary immediately after the end of the activity, since such a material dulls it very much.
  • Particular attention should be paid to areas near the blades or any mounts. Plain water and a stiff brush will do a good job of this.
  • After final cleaning of the device, it must be rinsed in clean running water and left to dry.
  • If the item was used in the garden, it is recommended to use a solvent in order to remove the plant sap. Kerosene can fulfill its role.
  • After the procedure, your “assistant” can be lubricated with mineral or motor oil.
  • Before further cleaning the tool from rust, it must be carefully inspected for chips or other damage. If it is damaged, it needs to be repaired or a new model purchased.

If you perform a number of such measures, cleaning metal from corrosion will be required much less frequently. The same measures can be taken immediately before cleaning from rzhachiny, as a preparatory stage.

Vinegar use

To implement this simple method you will need:

So, here is the work algorithm that you should adhere to:

  1. Soak processed items in a solution of vinegar and water in a ratio of 1: 1. Even cheap white vinegar from a nearby store is suitable for this procedure.
  2. After a few hours, items are pulled out and wiped with a towel to speed up their drying.
  3. Using a metal washcloth, it is necessary to get rid of corrosion. Try to keep scraping movements to a minimum, because you can clean the material with light circular movements that will not harm the coating.

Important! If the item is very rusty, the procedure can be repeated by soaking it again.

We bring citric acid

Many experienced users claim that citric acid is excellent at clearing rust. Let's try to make sure of this. To implement this method, you need to do a simple job:

  1. The acetic solution described in the previous method is replaced with a three percent solution of citric acid.
  2. Soak damaged tools in it.
  3. After getting rid of rust, the item is washed using a large amount of water.

Important! This method is not suitable for cleaning brakes, as well as engine blocks, as these parts can become very brittle and brittle under the influence of acids.

Unusual use of tea and cola

If you have not found vinegar and citric acid, you can come to an alternative method. To implement it, you need to perform only two steps:

  1. Soak the devices in containers with “Coke” or strong tea.
  2. After a certain period of time, clean the rust from the tool.

Important! Do not forget that after the entire procedure, the tool must be sharpened, check its effectiveness, and also apply protective grease.

Professional cleaning

If the corrosion layer is solid or you do not really trust folk methods, you can go the simpler way, however, you will have to spend a little money. In this case, you can use special solvents (converters) of rust, which are presented in the assortment of construction and car stores. Among the most effective means noted products of such brands:

Important! Also suitable solvent WD-40 and its analogues.

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