Removing or preventing tool rust is a topic that comes up frequently. There
are many techniques and products that help keep tools rust free, but I
missed seeing one tip that I picked up from this group a while back.
Camphor. I put a small block of camphor in each tool drawer. The tip I
used said that the evaporating/dissolving camphor left a deposit on the
metal tools and the deposit seemed to keep away the rust.
There are obvious drawbacks to the use of camphor. It works with tools in
the tool chest, tool box and any other closed unit. It does not work with
hanging tools. Through experience I have found the camphor does not work on
tools left on the workbench for long periods. (I actually don't know if
there are any tools on the workbench. I haven't seen the top of my bench in
four years. Tomorrow I'll get organized)
What do I use to prevent or remove rust? Besides the camphor, I use Slipit,
Johnson Paste wax, Top Cote, Top Saver, Rust Off, RustFree, Boeshield T-9,
Navel Jelly, dynaGlide Dry Lubricant & Cleaner, Rust-Oleum Rust Stripper,
Birchwood Labs Blue & Rust Remover, Never-Dull, WD-40, 3M abrasive pads,
steel wool, wet or dry sandpaper, wire brush and elbow grease.
Next, I'm going to try electrolysis. I'm also going to try Mike Taylor's
plane restoration service in Katy, Texas to restore a flea market find.
The rust problem was really bad in South Florida. We moved North to
Jacksonville and about twenty miles inland. It is a little better here.
But then a little rust is such a small price to pay to live in paradise.