Rust is a natural occurence. One really cannot stop it from happening especially if the environment is conducive to rusting. And yes, even the most expensive tools can turn to rust if not stored properly. Don’t give in to the urge of replacing rusty tools with new ones regularly. Proper handling of equipment will definitely save you from all the trouble. Here are some tips on dealing with rusty tools.
First things first. Do not give your present tools the chance to rust. As much as possible, store all your tools and equipment on a dry toolbox. Add pieces of chalk or charcoal inside the toolbox. These will absorb the excess moisture inside the toolbox which causes rusting. If you don’t have a toolbox, regularly clean your tools with steel wool. After cleaning, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the tools.
Using a steel wool pad, try to rub the rust off from already affected tools. If this does not work, use sandpaper. Sand the rust off the tools starting with a fine grade sandpaper. Reach for the coarser sandpaper if removing rust with fine grade sandpaper prove to be more of a challenge than a simple chore.
Try some lube. A can of WD-40 should be a stable in anyone’s toolbox. Spray on WD-40 to your tools to get rid of stubborn rust. You can then wipe it off with a rag or brush it off using a steel wool pad or sandpaper. WD-40, however, isn’t a long-term lubricant. For longer lubrication, consider using a true lube. Gun oil is a personal favorite.
For an all-natural take, prepare a large container filled with apple cider vinegar. Make sure that the tools can fit inside the container perfectly. Marinate your tools in apple cider vinegar for half a day. Dry the tools with a cloth and it should be rust-free and usable again.