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I have heard mention here of the product "Evaporust". Their website claims that it is used by all kinds of people for getting rid of rust. Is it an effective way to remove rust?

I have been known to purchase, occaisionally, a sight unseen tool from Ebay or other site, that is not in the best condition. Usually it is at a fairly low price, but a worthwhile tool (planes, chisels, etc.) if it can be rehabbed. I have a few waiting at present, a nice stanley 78 and a fairly nice no name #6 plane with some surface rust, and would like to know if the Evaporust product does what they claim. Can one of you who have used it give me their opinion?
 

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I have used evaporust and it does what it claims. It will remove the rust and will not remove paint. I personlly prefer to go with electrolysis to remove rust as most of my projects will need to be painted. The electrolysis will remove the paint but you must be careful with the types of metal you put in the solution. Aluminum, brass and other metals will corrode in the electrolysis solution. Evaporust can be reused, filter it with cheese cloth or a paint filter and it can be used over and over. The only draw back is that its a little expensive.
 

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Michael;

You can buy EVAPORUST at your local Harbor Freight in gallon containers for less than $20.

It does work well, is environmentally friendly, and as MedicKen points out can be filtered and used over and over and over again.

We have used it many time to rehab old tools. Just did a Stanley Bailey #8 joiner plane from early 1900's and it came out great!

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=96431

Good Luck!
 

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I used Evap-o-rust on a 1940's plane and on my 1990's drill press table with excellent results. It did not attack the paint or change the dimensions of the item. After the soak, the steel had kind of a dull gray appearance; not unattractive but not what I wanted on the plane. I cleaned the plane up to a mirror shine with very little effort but I left the drill press table as is and then put a coat of Johnson's Paste wax on both. Neither has shown any signs of rust since. It works better if you can fully immerse the object but I did the drill press by soaking paper towels and then covering the whole thing in plastic wrap to limit evaporation.
 

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Here's some photos of a spokeshave cap that I put in Evaporust for 1.5 hours:
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After

I was really happy with the result and it removed all signs of rust after soaking all night
 

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I was driving by a HF store in the Bay Area on Sunday so I stopped to get some Evaporust. Grabbed some other things too, of course. One was a small moving dolly with 4 casters and wood frame for 9.95. Seems like a pretty good deal even with the small size. The have lots of stuff don't they.
 
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