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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank McMauser View Post
    I've had better luck using electrolyses. all you need is a power source(I use a car battery charger) a bucket ,some water with a little bit of baking soda, and some sacrificial junk steel you don't mind getting more rusty. if you look it up,there's plenty of tutorials online with better instruction than I could give you.I've even used the process to clean up corroded lawnmower carburetors.
    Friend just told me about this the other day. He is trying it now:

    Electrolysis tutorial

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Elec...val-aka-Magic/

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    Quote Originally Posted by barkeep8 View Post
    Friend just told me about this the other day. He is trying it now:

    Electrolysis tutorial

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Elec...val-aka-Magic/
    for light rust go under the kitchen sink and grab some barkeepers friend it is a mild abrasive that also contains oxalic acid to help you wipe away the rust, I like to put it on with very little water so it makes a paste and rub it in.

    lol I just realized the poster above me is barkeep8, what a conicidence

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    For smaller stuff, you can also scrub it with aluminum foil and water, or foil and vinegar. I think aluminum works in a similar way to the electrolysis method, but without the need for actually using electricity.

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    Electrolysis has been the easiest and most thorough method I have found.

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    Okay,
    I dumped the 5 liters of white vinegar in a plastic bucket then put in a fireman's axe head and an old rusted pie iron.
    After 5 days the results are pretty amazing.

    Final step?
    Take them out, rinse with water then apply WD40 or some kind of oil to prevent rust?
    Thanks!

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    if you're going to cook with the pie iron, don't use WD-40 on it -- season it just like a cast iron skillet.
    wipe it with a generous coating of vegetable oil and bake it at 300-350 for an hour.

    on the axe head, you can wipe it down with used motor oil - or give it a coat of car wax.

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    Anywhere up to about 4-5 days, if you want to conserve your vinegar put the item in a ziploc but DO NOT seal it up all the way.
    It'll offgas and it'll need to vent. POnce it's done soaking hit it with a bit of soap and water.
    Wipe dry then apply oil to the moving parts (like wire cutter hinges) and lightly coat with your favorite lightweight oil to prevent rusting.

    If it isnt too late, use these instructions to re-season cast iron cookware.

    I use mine, rinse off and put on a thin film of coconut oil.
    No soap, no scratch pads.
    Last edited by Shnick; 02-05-2013 at 12:37 AM.

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