Mary E. Fradette

03:31PM | 05/07/02
Member Since: 05/06/02
2 lifetime posts
Our sawblades have been in storage, in their original sleeves for several years (due to husband's illness). We thought the original packages would be enough protection. What a surprise to find so many patches of rust! So, how can I remove the rust, and how can I prevent it in the future? What kind of container would be best to protect from humidity?


05:05AM | 05/08/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Here's my suggestion: start by cleaning the rusted area with a metal polish such as a brass cleaner. It will probably never look "like new" but the rust will be inhibited and do no more harm.
Then a light coating of rust preventer, such as WD-40 or a light lubricating oil.
I don't think the container is important unless the blades are stored in a high moisture area.
Maybe someone else has other ideas to add.

Mary E. Fradette

12:11PM | 05/08/02
Member Since: 05/06/02
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for your reply. FYI, that high moisture area is in "sunny FLA." me

Mark Hammond

06:05PM | 06/18/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hi Mary,
For years I used a product called naval jelly for storing tools for long periods. Just rub on a coat as if it were heavy oil. It will need to be removed after. I honestly haven't seen it for a while but I bet it's still available.....Mark Hammond


07:27AM | 06/26/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Mary,
First of all, without wishing to offend Mark or RXPLX, WD-40 is not a rust inhibitor. It may break down rust, but it will not prevent it. The same goes for Navel Jelly. To remove the rust spots, simply rub it out with a green scratch pad unitl it is gone and coat the entire blade with Tung Oil. I've used this for years and never had a problem. The Tung oil will gel and not dry. You also do not need to clean it off before use. I own about 170 blades of different sizes and pay quite alot for them. This is the best method for storage that I have found. Also, Linseed oil works just as well and is not quite as expensive. Hope I helped.
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