How to Remove Rust From Machine Tools

When iron combines with oxygen it creates iron oxide or as we know it "rust." The steel and iron of your tools generally rusts at a faster pace than most other objects. This usually occurs because your tools may be located in a damp or even wet area or if the tools are comprised of dissimilar metals they will acquire rust faster, primarily due to electrochemical reactions. However, if your tools are a bit rusty, don't worry because with just a few simple steps the rust will be gone as quickly as it came.

Things You'll Need

  • Rust remover
  • Sandpaper
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Cloth


    • 1

      Purchase rust remover. This product can generally be found at your local auto parts or tractor supply store. Look for a rust remover product that contains chelation agents for a more eco-friendly approach. Evapo-Rust or RustX are a few possible choices for effective rust removers.

    • 2

      Remove all loose rust from the machine tools. You can do this by rubbing sandpaper over the rusted area until the rust is removed.

    • 3

      Follow the instructions on the rust remover product you purchased. This often requires leaving the tool submerged in a bucket with the rust remover for the amount of time indicated. In most situations, you should leave the tool submerged for at least 30 minutes depending on the amount of rust present.

    • 4

      Remove the tool from the rust remover and rinse it with clean water.

    • 5

      Wipe the exterior of the tool with your clean cloth until dry. The tool must be dry to prevent further rusting. If rust is still present on the product, repeat as necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • When working with chemicals, it is always a good precaution to wear safety gloves and goggles.
  • Always unplug machinery if the tools you are cleaning are electric.
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