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  1. How To Remove Rust From Old Tools, How To Remove Rust From Old Tools: step 1, image 1 of 2 How To Remove Rust From Old Tools, How To Remove Rust From Old Tools: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Removing rust generally isn't dangerous, but it's pretty messy.

    • Prepare your workspace by laying out an old towel or shop rag that you won't mind getting dirty.

    • Consider also wearing protective gloves.

    • Place your tool on the towels.

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    • Spray the rusty areas of the tool with a generous amount of WD-40.

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    • Use a scouring pad to thoroughly scrub the tool.

    • It shouldn't take a lot of force—the WD-40 and scouring pad will do most of the work.

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    • Use a paper towel to wipe away the excess grime and WD-40.

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    • Continue scouring the tool, adding more WD-40 as needed, until the surface is free of rust.

    • When you finish, your tool may not look brand new—but the surface should now be rust-free and ready for years of continued use.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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