Evapo-Rust is an effective rust cutter on larger tools as well.
A length of 3-inch schedule 40 PVC pipe was the perfect container to soak the barrel and ramrod from the vintage Brown Bess.
When faced with the age-old challenge of defeating rust and corrosion, humanity has come up with some amazing solutions. In this vein, I give you Evapo-Rust. This extraordinary stuff is safe to handle and biodegradable. It is readily transported and requires no special permits or dispensation to ship. The safety data on the container says it is safe should you accidentally get it in your eyes or on your skin.
Evapo-Rust will cut rust and corrosion in a manner that borders upon miraculous. It is easy to use. Dunk whatever needs attention into a container of the stuff and leave it there for a while. I would elaborate but that really is about all there is to it. Once the rust and scale are removed, rinse the piece in water, dry it completely and apply a nice layer of oil to preserve the surface in the presence of moisture or heat and you are done.
Here are just a few areas where Evapo-Rust can help repair the damage:
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hand tools: Any carbon steel tool left exposed to moist air will rust over time. A good soaking in Evapo-Rust will restore appearance and function with trivial effort.
Stuck Bolts: Most nuts and bolts that seize over time stick due to corrosion. If the part is small enough to allow submersion in Evapo-Rust, removing the oxidation will typically free the bolt.
Gun Parts: Guns are notoriously susceptible to rust and neglect. A stroll around a typical gun show can turn up rusty guns in need of love that can be had for a song. A little Evapo-Rust can transform these hidden treasures from junk to art with surprisingly little effort.
Large Shop Tools: Large steel surfaces like the tables on a drill press or band saw rust readily in humid climates. Evapo-Rust on a shop rag will cut the rust and leave the surface fresh and smooth. Though Evapo-Rust is really designed to remove parts via immersion, I still found it to be a handy way to resurrect my rusty work tables.
Small Mechanical Parts: For the dedicated shop tinkerer committed to his craft, rusted gears and corroded widgets can be annoying at best. Now an overnight soak in Evapo-Rust chews away the scale to leave parts useful and resurrected with a minimum of fuss.
Auto Parts: Automobile service and restoration is inevitably at the mercy of rust and corrosion. Evapo-Rust takes all the heavy lifting out of cleaning and resurrecting tired car parts.
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This article was originally published in the NEW PIONEER ™ Summer 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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