Evapo-rust

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  1. werewolf won

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    This stuff is like magic on rust. Almost odorless thin liquid and it's environmentally safe—but I still wear thin rubber gloves and splash goggles when using it. I picked up a hand full of rusted tools at a yard sale for a buck or less each a while back soaked them overnight and they came out looking like new, I just rinsed them no wire brushing of buffing needed. Harbor Freight sells it. Great stuff for old tool rescue!
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    I'd wondered how well that stuff actually works. Unfortunately I can't find that brand anywhere here. Have you by chance tried the one that WD-40 makes?

    https://www.wd40specialist.com/products/rust-remover/

    Local Lowe's carries it but I've yet to have any spare cash on hand for it when I'm there... And it all seems so gimmicky, it's hard to commit to getting a jug.

    Biodegradable, safe etc, makes me wonder if it's just a concentrated vinegar or citric acid of some sort! Lol ;)
     
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    Makes you wonder what’s in it. Does the product label say?
    Thanks!
     
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    I recently bought a gallon. I have yet to use it though. I’m on the prowl for some axe heads to try it on!
     
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    No, a guy who repairs outboards and fishing reels told me about this stuff, claiming he had tried all kinds of stuff from naval jelly to snake oil it was all he uses now. I have to agree, I was a naval jelly user in the past, but it worked so well for me I don’t see the need to try anything else again.

    I'll check the label tonight to see what it is.
     
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    Thanks for posting @werewolf won. Sounds a whole lot easier than a wire wheel in an angle grinder!

    JohnP
     
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    i agree this stuff is awesome! i've used it a few times and works wonders. according to them as well it's food safe as well so you can use on cast iron cookware!
     
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    It is. My first muzzle loader was a kit my dad and I built one winter. A few years ago I got it back after spending over a decade in my Dad's basement. The inside of the barrel was horrendous. I would have never got it clean without this stuff.
     
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    I’ve read reports of this stuff on a tool forum I used to frequent and guys love it for bringing old garage/estate sale tools back to life. They always mentioned Harbor Freight as the place to buy it. I believe it is made in the USA, so one of the few things there like that.
     
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    I have used it for years with great results, wire brush the heavy rust and scales and use it...I filter the liquid with coffee filters and reuse it multiple times....easy peezy.
     
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    It’s just a rust remover, not a magic metal restorer; but it sure does a great job at that. If the metal is pitted etc this stiff will not fill those in. It claims to not effect most paints, but twice it has removed paint when I have used it. Both were painted grips on old tools and not a big deal, but I’d suggest trying a test patch if the painted surface was important.
     
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    You all are a bad influence. I've got a couple of vises (post and bench) and some tools that need cleaned up and we have a Harbor Freight in town.
     
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    3. Composition/information on ingredients


    This product is not classified as hazardous under 2012 OSHA Hazard Communication Standards (29


    CFR 1910.1200)


    Ingredient/Chemical Designations Weight % CAS Number


    Water >83 7732-18-5


    Proprietary non-hazardous chelating agent <16 Proprietary


    Proprietary non-hazardous detergent <1 Proprietary


    In accordance with paragraph (i) of §1910.1200, the specific chemical identity and/or exact percentage (concentration) of composition has been


    withheld as a trade secret.


    It is made in Texas. The SDS is pretty vague what it is made from 83% water and the rest trade secret stuff.
     
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    Great information! Thank you.
     
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    I’be seen it at HF but hesitated to purchase, now I know!
     
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    Just make sure you are wearing goggles and a face shield when you use it. :D

     
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    Haha, you bet!
     
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    I used it once to clean out a skanky, rusted moped gas tank and was blown away. It really does work. And they say it's even reusable, too! So much better than old-school naval jelly!
     
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    I agree it's good stuff. I got some at an auto parts store, possibly Autozone. I don't know if HF had started carrying it, yet. I cleaned up several axe heads before it lost its effectiveness.
     
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    Be prepared for a mat grey surface, thin to be sure.
     
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    Thanks for that! We recently got one of those here, I'll have to look-see if they got it.
     
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    Amazon sells it and Wal-mart was also listed as a vendor. HF as a good price and usually has a percent off in store offer going on. I got 20% off when I picked up a gallon this week.
     
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    Yeah, I wish there was a HF here... isn't one in the whole state. :(
     
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    a side benefit of this is items de-rusted with this will not immediately rust again. it must have some anti-oxidant coating in it.

    I tried it side-by-side with white vinegar on two axe heads. I left them overnight and the vinegar worked a bit more aggressively so I removed that one, rinsed it off and dried it and set it on a cotton towel in my shop. I let the head in the Evaporust soak a few hours longer and when I removed it, I rinsed it, dried it,and placed it with the other head.

    I returned later that day and the vinegar-cleaned head had already developed an orange coating of surface rust while the Evaporust head was fine.

    I like Evaporust but it's expensive. knowing how they both perform I may start future projects in vinegar then remove and rinse/dry, then finish the process using the Evaporust...
     
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    You can play with it and get some really cool oxidation effects. Most of my carbon steel blades have undergone a treatment.
     
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    Their web site also says this product removes bluing. I have a muzzleloader from around the 1976 Bicentennial era that someone tried to blue. While blued finishes were invented long before the 1776 era (suits of armor were frequently blued) it was not unheard of on rifles but it was not at all common, so I’d like to remove it. I’ll give it a go this weekend and report back. It’s a representation of a French military musket, but like many pieces that were cranked out to take advantage of the Yankee Doodle sprit of the time it is far from accurate. As hideous as it looks however it was built by the Japanese company who Browning uses and it’s a great sparking flint lock smooth bore. Restocked and finished with browned metal the lock, barrel, trigger and brass pieces would assemble into a very nice fowler or a smooth rifle with a rear sight added.
     
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    My first experience with Evapo-rust was dealing with a motorcycle gas tank, I had tried almost everything else with and not satisfied . I poured the whole gallon of Evapo-rust in the tank closed it up and shook it around a while an let it set over night and the next day it was clean as new .
    I've tried it a number of times and made a few mistakes ." It is important that you shake up the contains first" . what ever is in there, separates over time.
    Other than that it's worth the investment. Best of all it is environmentally friendly so after it is spent, you can just dump it out on the ground when done .
     
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    Does the coating it leaves behind dry or is there a bit if tackiness to it? My kayak fishing pliers need help. Even being coated, they take a beating with the salt water.
     
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    Everything I have dunked dried without any residue.
     
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    I left some blued metal parts in for 15 minutes, they came out looking like polished steel not a hit of blue left! So it does remove bluing as advertised.
     
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    Nice to know about the bluing removal. That opens up a world of projects...

    I used the stuff on a pile of yard sale taps & dies this spring and I think I left some of them in too long. It worked well, but left a flat black finish I wasn't expecting. No big deal.

    Filtering out the crunchies is on my "one of these days" list. The gallon claims to be good for something like 200 pounds of rusted metal.
     
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    https://www.evapo-rust.com/

    Looks like you can get this from Amazon, True Value, Tractor and Supply and many more. The MSDS on it looks pretty tame.
    This would have been handy to have on a rusty SPS100 I restored. Still may buy a gallon and soak some of the hard to reach spots.
     
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    You can order it from Amazon or check your local Walmart or True Value.
     
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    Tractor Supply sells it here in New Jersey.
     
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    It's made in Texas. Prolly just tap water from down by the Ship Channel.
     
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    I just bought dome the other day. It works pretty.good if you're not in a hurry.
     
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    I thought the last bottle I picked up was not working as well as the first one did. I shook the bottle before opening it and poured off a cup full and stuck some stuff to de rust in it. The first time I was getting 15 minute cleaning, not so this time. With the cup full still out of the container I shook it vigorously about 30 seconds and poured off another cup full and that sample was as good as I recalled. I poured the first slow cup back in and shook that up and now the entire bottle is working quickly.

    It looks like colored water but there must be some stratification of components that takes place in storage, and it seems to need a bit of room to move around when you shake it up. Maybe shaking adds oxygen to it, or some other ingredient is activated by motion, I do not know but it made a big difference when it had some room to slosh around.
     
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    It's best if you can submerge the whole object completely. I tried some on a ruler or something, and soaked one end, then the other. At the point where the object met the surface of the liquid, there was a faint yet noticeable etching line.
     
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    I started restoring rusty tools using evaporust. The $22 per gallon seemed too much for me so I tried $2 gallon jugs of vinegar from Grocery Outlet. It takes a couple coats of oil but I haven't looked back since. No pics yet cause I'm on vacation but I used vinegar on a REALLY rusty axe head that had 1/8 inch thick flakes of rust coming out of the eye and it took about a day before it was rust-free. The only problem I had was when I left a saw blade in vinegar for 3 weeks + or - it was etched to where you could see the grain of the metal.
    P.S. + 1 USMCPOP on both rust removers. Also, if you're cleaning machining stuff use evaporust, not vinegar.
     
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    Doesn’t vinegar change/alter the color of the metal? My understanding is that it does and evaporust does it.
     
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    It works pretty good, but is expensive. I reuse it and it stays effective for several uses.

    I pour what I need into a separate container, and use it until it doesn't seem to work as well anymore. Then I pour a fresh dose, and repeat.

    I've had good luck finding it on clearance and have a couple gallons. A little goes a long way, so that should last me a long, long time. I'm not sure if it "expires", but it doesn't seem to be any less effective with age sitting unused in the bottle...just less effective over time with repeated reuse once I've poured it out.

    I'd say it's worth it if you stretch out its lifetime, but too pricey at msrp for single use and dispose. That's on my budget anyway, maybe you're a millionaire!
     
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    Yes, it does. It changes unhardened steel a light grey and hardened steel a dark grey with a black film that will make your hand dark for days if it gets on you. Some people don't like that it changes the tool's color but I find it handy for seeing how much life is left in a tool.
     
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    I just cleaned up some armor pieces for some one. After soaking with vinegar overnight I just hit it with a wire wheel to take off the patina.

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    Also that vinegar can be used as a wood or leather stain when you are done if its concentrated enough.


    edit: messing with the photo attachments and formatting of the post
     
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