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Old 10-12-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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Surface Rust Fix? (Estwing hammer / hatchet)

All, I am looking for some advice on what to do with some surface rust on my Estwing hammer and hatchet. They have not been exposed to any water, etc, and have only sat in the storage compartments in my truck. Haven't even got the chance to use the hammer and only used the hatchet once. Just not sure on what the best plan of action is to help refurb these things.









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I've used fine sandpaper for that type of thing before
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I've used fine sandpaper for that type of thing before
Then spray some clear coat or something on it? It would just continue to rust after though, correct?

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Old 10-12-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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Then spray some clear coat or something on it? It would just continue to rust after though, correct?

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Yeah if you're worried about it you could spray them with some type of rust inhibitor
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Yeah if you're worried about it you could spray them with some type of rust inhibitor
Ok thanks. Do you think it would be better to just use like 120 grain sandpaper or start around there and go progressively higher?

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Ok thanks. Do you think it would be better to just use like 120 grain sandpaper or start around there and go progressively higher?

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Yeah , it won't take too much effort to remove that rust , it looks pretty minor

Are those tools usually in the cab ?
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Yeah , it won't take too much effort to remove that rust , it looks pretty minor

Are those tools usually in the cab ?
Yes, I keep them behind my passenger rear seat. Like I said, I haven't even used the hammer and only used the hatchet once. I'm a little confused as to how they got the rust.

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2 things to stop rusting.

1 wipe down with penetrol, can be had at home depot.

2 mist with simply green, let dry, repeat, do this 4 or 5 times. when done and dry the simply green forms a small layer of dried soap on the bare steel, protecting it. Does not last forever, but it works and is not a oily mess.
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I have to fight the rust on my woodworking tools a couple times a year. It's humidity that gets mine. Here in West Virginia we have high humidity. I always use WD-40 and a scotch pad. It takes it off really well. After the rust is gone, try using a little 3 in 1 oil on a rag and wipe a light coat on them. This works well on my lathe chisels, just keep the oil off the handle area.
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Wipe them doewn and then soak them in engine oil
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Yes, I keep them behind my passenger rear seat. Like I said, I haven't even used the hammer and only used the hatchet once. I'm a little confused as to how they got the rust.

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That's suprising that they are rusting , that finish on the Estwing tools is usually pretty good unless they are left out in the rain
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Wipe them doewn and then soak them in engine oil
That will be enjoyable to use and smell in the cab
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I picked up some 100 and 150 grit paper today and hopefully will get around to sanding them soon. I think I will try sanding first and see how much rust is really on there just spray some clear coat on it. May not be a permanent fix, but then again, these tools are not for a job or anything, I just like having basic hand tools in the truck at all times. (screwdrivers, vise grips, allen keys, hammer, etc)

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Maybe it's the low humidity in this area or my tolerance of rust, but I don't worry about it. I have a 50-60 year old Estwing hand axe that has no more shine, but holds a good edge and does the job. Bought an axe like the one in the picture about 25-30 years ago and it is on the way to looking like the old one. Still serves the purpose.
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I have to fight the rust on my woodworking tools a couple times a year. It's humidity that gets mine. Here in West Virginia we have high humidity. I always use WD-40 and a scotch pad. It takes it off really well. After the rust is gone, try using a little 3 in 1 oil on a rag and wipe a light coat on them. This works well on my lathe chisels, just keep the oil off the handle area.
This works very well.
or using them...
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I made the mistake of leaving a piece of treated lumber on my table saw one evening. Went back out to the shop the next day and the cast iron top had a slight coating of rust on it after only one day. Keeping a coat of wax helps with the woodworking tools that have cast iron tops on them. (table saw, planer, jointer, lathe and band saw)
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Always had problems with my Kliens in the cross-bed toolbox in my Tundra. It gets pretty damp in there.
Just a light wipe-down with Mobil-1 kept them clean.
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That will be enjoyable to use and smell in the cab
No need for a soak.
I would just dip a finger in the bottle, wipe it on the tool and rub it in, then wrap the tool in a paper towel for a couple of days.
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Fine sand paper or even steel wool to remove the rust, then you can clear coat it if you feel the need, or paint it. Either that or keep it oiled but I wouldn't use engine oil as mentioned above (although it will work). I'd use something like a 3 in 1 oil or gun oil if you have that.
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