That question is,
What would happen, if I suddenly came to the realization that like that dumbass Phil over at Bustenuckles.com, I had left an entire bucket full of vintage hand tools soaking in Evap-O-Rust for two solid weeks because I had completely forgotten about them?
This I guess.
I was a little worried that I had pickled the fuckers but good.
One thing I can tell you from experience?
DO NOT PUT SPRING STEEL IN EVAP-O-RUST.
It does pickle it and makes it brittle.
Other than that, it looked like they do when you just leave them in there for 24-48 hours.
The really rusty ones get this nasty black soot like coating on them that you have to wash and wipe off.
Some of the rest of them had a color on them that can best be described as the shade of green your buddy’s face took on that time he went deep sea fishing.
After washing them and wiping them off, they were still pretty ugly looking.
A few rounds with the wire wheel transformed them though.
I did notice on a few that if any chrome that was on them was in bad shape or that rust had gotten underneath it that the minute it hit the wire wheel, it went bye bye.
So beware of that.
Other than that, I thought they cleaned up pretty good.
One thing did surprise me and I was absolutely tickled to see it.
There were some nasty, rusty old files that got thrown in there at the last minute.
Take a look at how they turned out.
It cleaned every last speck of crap out of the teeth on even the finest file in the bunch.
Notice the shine on the teeth on the one on the far right.
They basically look brand new.
I am going to remember that because I like picking up old files at yard and garage sales cheap when I can.
So basically it appears that forgetting them for two damn weeks while they soaked didn’t hurt them a bit.
This was actually just a small sample of what was in that bucket, it was full of old tools.
Most of them came out of the Boomerang Box I got back from my brother that had been sitting for twelve years at least in a storage unit.
I just thought I would share that hand tools taking a two week bath in Evap-O-Rust doesn’t seem to hurt anything in the long run.