So I recently bought some old rusty tools and I've been mulling over how to clean them up and get them usable again. This is a look at a cheap rust-busting routine.
Rusty Wrench. Picked it up for $2 at a yard sale over the summer. It was a mess, but I didn't have a pipe wrench in the tool box so why not?
Taken apart and soaking in plain white vinegar. Watched a video or two about using this to clean rust. This is about 36 hours in. Planned on a 24 hour soak and got distracted. Notice the bubbles from the vinegar acting on the rust.
Mid scrub in the stationary tub. Just an old paint brush and a grimy scotchbrite pad to clean it up.
Put it back together and gave it a quick shot of WD-40 to keep the rust away. Not as good as new, but a heck of a lot better.