helga - here is your sky pic - i snapped this with my phone returning from sydney one afternoon in december..
hey let's toss some more tools in the vinegar bath!!
and some more!!!
a lot of them i found in this free haul last spring !!!
so you can see the new additions to the vinegar bath and the saw and base i put in a few days prior to this pic.. let's see how it works!!!!
i must admit, i was a little apprehensive..
and the final unveiling (yeesh, you would think i worked at an art gallery ;-)
well...lookie lookie.. it appears the rust has lifted off the steel!!
upon closer inspection, you can really see the flaked rust, on a couple of the instructions i read, i was told you could just wipe the rust off with a cloth, i was skeptical, but here goes - get a rag and...
look at that - after 3 days in the vinegar bath, almost all the rust has been lifted form the surface of the saw!!!
remarkable - you can clearly see the manufacturing stamp on the spine!
and there is a faint visible stamp on the blade itself!!
now, not ALL the rust was removed and there was some pitting, so the next step is to really get down to the metal. i used steel wool, a steel pot scrubber and wd-40. wd 40 -is great because it helps repel the last bit of water... it's name a derivative of "Water Displacement, 40th formula," which makes it awesome for this task!!
and here is the finished saw blade - not too shabby!
and the other side
the final step is oiling. i read all kinds of suggestions on the internet to use mineral oil, the kind that is sold as a laxative in a pharmacy, kept coming up as a good product. i bought some, rubbed the saw blade liberally and wrapped it in another old pillowcase to keep it safe!! all in all VERY successful! i will post the results of the other tools later. if you have rust tools, here is a way to give them new life without too much elbow grease or abrasive power tool action.
and here is here is the sky pic from the intro, but looking the other way....these sky pics are Helga-approved!