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New life for rusty tools

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I've inherited a few rusty tools which had been left in the shed on my new allotment, but they are rusty. Will I be able to restore them to their former glory and what is the best way to do this. Thanks

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  • a1cat
    a1cat Posts: 1,355 Forumite
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    I've inherited a few rusty tools which had been left in the shed on my new allotment, but they are rusty. Will I be able to restore them to their former glory and what is the best way to do this. Thanks

    You could approach this several ways, eg

    - just wipe them down with an oily rag - easy, works to prolong life
    - angle grinder to get back to the shiny metal - work
    - take the heads to a place that will stick them in a bath and they'll come out like new - costs money
  • savemoney
    savemoney Posts: 18,127 Forumite
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    Oil and a wire brush and wipe dry. Then paint with some hammerite
  • matt987106
    matt987106 Posts: 390 Forumite
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    Just give them a wipe down ( or if very rusty to a degree that it comes off on your hands , just give them a light sand ) and start to use
  • earthlysparky
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    aye, like other people have said; wipe down with oily rag. Maybe use a bit of wirewool/emery cloth/wire brush on tough bits, and an oil stone to restore cutting edges.
  • s_b
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    they will soon get shiny if you use them;)
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