Bye-bye rust!

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Review by Bret posted 08-11-2010 05:49 PM 2634 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m generally skeptical of products that purport to take the place of elbow grease, but I got this bottle of Rust Off in a package at Woodcraft with some Boeshield and blade & bit cleaner. Last night, I realized that I had to put my smoker up for sale before we pack out (in two weeks) and so I needed to de-rust it. I stood there for a while, wire brush in hand and Dremel tool nearby when I remembered that I had this stuff.

The instructions say to spray it on rust, allow it to saturate the surface, wait 30-60 seconds and remove. Since I was working on a grill-type item, I used a Scotch-brite pad to scrub the surface after 60 seconds as directed.

Wow. The smoker had been stored outdoors for almost 4 years, and almost every surface had some amoubnt of rust. It is shown here after 10 minutes of spraying, waiting, and scrubbing. And scrubbing is probably too harsh of a term. Really, I just rubbed the surface with the Scotch-brite pad and watched the surface turn black again.

After spraying, you can almost watch the rust fade and turn black. It’s pretty amazing. Better living through chemistry!

If you ever have the need to remove rust and are looking for a product to make it easy, definitely consider Rust Off. I’m pretty sure it was invented at Boeing for use on aircraft parts just like Boeshield.

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 06:01 PM

I used this to remove a few spots of rust on a used table saw I bought. Stuff works great.

-- Matt -

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 06:12 PM

Does Woodcraft sell it separately? Any other sources you know of to get this stuff? Doesn’t look like a name brand product.

-- "If you can't do something smart, do something right." -- Sheppard Book

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 06:19 PM

They do sell it separately, $12 for 8.45 ounces:, and it appears it is part of the T-9 product line from Boeshield:

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 09:42 PM

sounds like it’s probably phosphoric acid based. should work about as well as any other phosphoric acid based product. (not naysaying, just recommending :-) )

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#5 posted 08-12-2010 01:00 AM

I wonder how it works on old rusty planes?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 01:52 AM

It is phosphoric acid based, I use it as well – but only in well ventilated areas. The fumes are quite harsh. For restoring planes, I use Evaporust for the soaking, and the Rust Off for spot treatments that are extra stubborn.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 08:46 AM

Thanks for the tip ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 06:37 PM

Thanks for the review.
I will have to try it on my smoker it looks just like yours.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#9 posted 08-13-2010 07:50 PM

Thanks for the tip, I have some old plane parts that I need to clean up.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 08-14-2010 04:39 PM

It is very good. I have some in the shop and bought it at sears a few years ago. Paid around $18 for a kit with 2 other bottles.

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