Rust can develop on any metal tool, including an axe. It will develop when your axe has been lying in water or if water has been dripping on the axe for a long period of time. After removing rust from your axe, prevent it from developing again by spraying the axe with a lubricating oil. It will create a thin, water-resistant layer. Also, store your axe in a dry place and clean it before you sharpen or use.
Things You'll Need
- Wire-bristle brush
- Steel wool
Rinse the axe with water.
Scrub the rust with a wire-bristle brush. This will flake off the rust. Work until you remove all of the rust and you reach the shiny metal surface.
Scrub the area with steel wool to smooth the axe surface.
Rinse the axe to remove the rust residue and flakes.
Dry the axe completely with a clean cloth.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
How to Remove Rust
Rust is tough, but you can get rid of it on most surfaces. To prevent rust from forming you should keep metals...
How to Polish a Steel Axe Head
Steel axe heads can become worn and rusty over time like any other type of steel. The steel can become old and...
How to Remove Rust With Naval Jelly
When you have something of value that's rusted and you've exhausted all other rust-removal options, try naval jelly. It works well on...
How to Prevent Axe Heads From Coming Loose
Although many axe handles are well made, well treated and reinforced, they can still shrink and swell if they're made from wood....
How to Sharpen an Ax
Nothing's worse than getting ready to start chopping wood and discovering a dull axe blade. Having a dull axe blade makes the...
How to Pick Axe Your Soil
Using a pick axe can loosen up your soil, making it easier to use a rototiller later on. Pick axe your soil...
How to Take Rust Off
Rust is the corrosion of iron due to long-term exposure to oxygen in air moisture or water. Over time, all iron in...