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submitted by PeckerwoodPerry to whatever 4 days ago (+15/-2)     (files.catbox.moe)


I pulled this out of the dumpster behind work the other day. I work next door to a moving company, and I get some good shit out of there from time to time. Any of y'all know how to restore something like this? If not I'll just scrap it, but I at least want to try before I send it to the furnace.

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[ - ] Sleazy 4 points 4 days ago (+4/-0)

Soak it in vinegar to get rid of the rust

[ - ] x0x7 6 points 4 days ago (+6/-0)

Citric acid is better. All acids both dissolve and create rust. Citric acid has the best ratio of the two. It's cheap too.

Actually though use CLR. It's literally designed for it.

[ - ] Sleazy 4 points 4 days ago (+4/-0)

I did not know that, thank you for the info

[ - ] PeckerwoodPerry [op] 2 points 4 days ago (+2/-0)

Like, pour vinegar in bottom or fill up a five gallon bucket and soak it? I have that much vinegar at the moment but it seems like a lot. I was thinking sand blaster and a fresh coat of paint, but I'm fuckin stupid when it comes to this shit.

[ - ] Sleazy 3 points 4 days ago (+3/-0)

I just know it works great if you find a rusty pliers in the back yard after the winter. It literally makes the rist just dissolve.

But apparently CLR does the same thing and is made for it. According to another response

[ - ] Nosferatjew 2 points 4 days ago (+2/-0)

If that tool box fits in a bucket, then you can use a bucket. I would use a plastic bin/tote. Just make sure the tool box is fully submerged in vinegar.

[ - ] Kozel 1 point 4 days ago (+1/-0)

Project farm has done a test on various rust removers and vinegar was shit

Buy evaporust and be done in 12-24 hours.

After that paint it

[ - ] totes_magotes 1 point 3 days ago (+1/-0)

The problem you have to be aware of is that it strips everything off of the metal including any galvanizing or protectants and leaves a dark but soft patina on it. You then have to buff that out and prime it before it starts microscopic rusting. Which, okay, you have that problem anyway.

Or OP could use sand or dry ice blasting to strip it all off.

In any case, use a rust inhibitor primer and then a good stout enamel paint like you would use for wrought iron.

Any good restoration channel on youtube will show the process and list materials worth using (stay away from the major brand name shit in the US because they suck compared to what you can get in England).

[ - ] TheOriginal1Icemonkey 3 points 4 days ago (+3/-0)

Don’t scrap that, stuff like that isn’t made anymore. It’s probably worth $50 online, at least. It’s gotta be from the 1950's or prior.

[ - ] Cantaloupe 3 points 4 days ago (+3/-0)


Get carbonized steel (not stainless aka chromium - it makes dangerous hazardous waste)


Vinegar just dissolves off material

[ - ] x0x7 2 points 4 days ago (+2/-0)

So does electrolysis. Electrolysis is going to target the metal because the rust is no longer conductive.

This is why I said use citric acid else where. Dissolves more rust. Dissolves lest metal.

[ - ] PeckerwoodPerry [op] 2 points 4 days ago (+2/-0)

Pulled this out too, but I already sold it.

[ - ] beece 1 point 4 days ago (+1/-0)

Just keep it as is. Nice find!

[ - ] NeedleStack 1 point 4 days ago (+1/-0)

Nice score!

[ - ] RMGoetbbels 0 points 3 days ago (+0/-0)

Sand blast and rattle can it, it's a tool box. A nice one.

[ - ] AugustineOfHippo2 0 points 3 days ago (+0/-0)

Sandblast and repaint.

[ - ] bonghits4jeebus 0 points 4 days ago (+0/-0)

Username accurate.