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  • #26545
    user459
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    In response to questions about how to clean up old hardware, I just posted a video of using a 6″ bench buffer to remove the brown schmutz. This is only my second attempt, so don’t laugh…..

    It’s here: https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/pictures/58

    #29101
    user459
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    I have posted more videos on cleaning up hardware at:

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/pictures

    Just my way of doing things. Hope it helps.

    #29103
    mtward
    Member

    Excellent. I picked up a bench buffer last night and have been working on the hardware all morning. Excellent method!

    #31108
    user459
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    I do actually listen to advice once in a while. Someone advised me to try Evapo-Rust on the hardware, so I did. I’m impressed with the results. Being an instant gratification type of guy, it took some patience to wait for the stuff to work, but it’s been worth it. Overnight or longer soaking in the solution removes the rust and schmutz a lot better than oxalic acid.

    Before:

    Soaking:

    Rinsed and dried:

    Lightly buffed and polished:


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    #31111
    mtward
    Member

    Excellent.. Thanks!

    #31562
    user459
    Member

    I’m still using the EvapoRust trick, but have graduated to putting the parts into an old ultrasonic jewelry cleaner I got on Craigslist for $8.00. Wooks great and takes less time.

    Here’s hardware on an old Craftsman chest:

    After ultrasonic treatment in Evaporust:

    After buffing and polishing:

    Even the screw heads are shiny now!

    #34877

    I bought my 042 chest new 54 yrs ago and I used Turtle Wax Chrome Polish & Rust Remover (RENEW Rx) with a tooth brush. (Unbelievable results with just a little work). Good Luck!

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