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How should I clean soot from tools?

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by claymc, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. Apr 28, 2010 at 4:45 AM
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    claymc

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    Our family business burned back in January and we aren't rebuilding. We have basically finished the salvage process and now I have some of the tools. The good news is most of the tools were ok, because they were in a fire resistant vault. They are just coated with a layer of black soot since they were in so much smoke.
    What's the best way to remove soot from the tools? I got mostly ratchets/sockets/wrenches but there are also a few power tools. Is Kerosene best? What would do a better job? I haven't tried anything yet.
     
  2. Apr 28, 2010 at 4:50 AM
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    David Tarantino

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    when this happen to me i used wd40 and let them set in motor oil
    good luck
     
  3. Apr 28, 2010 at 4:50 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    No kerosene on the power tools!!!! If you can disassemble them, do so and use electronic cleaner.

    For the regular tools, brake cleaner would probably be the best bet. Also, you may want to disassemble the ratchets to clean them. When you put them back together, dab some grease on the mechanism.
     
  4. Apr 28, 2010 at 5:07 AM
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    astral

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    brake cleaner
     
  5. Apr 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM
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    I let all my sockets soak in WD40 overnight, then hit them with some old rags, and the cleaned right up. It wasn't soot, just caked on dirt and grime. I filtered the WD40 through a coffee filter and kept the container to use for the same thing. Seemed to work well for me. YMMV.
     
  6. Apr 29, 2010 at 4:31 AM
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    claymc

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    sounds like several votes for brake cleaner. I'll give that a shot first. I tried WD40 on a few things and it worked ok. I want to see how brake cleaner compares.
     
  7. Apr 29, 2010 at 4:37 AM
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    blackwatertaco

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    I soak my tools in varsol, Or diesel for a few days. Take em' out and wipe them off and put them away.
     
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