We have all neglected to maintain our rusted tools from time to time. We use them extensively for some repair work or project, forget to clean them, and keep them away. The result of which, next time the tools are needed, we see a thin layer of rust or corrosion over them, compromising their functionality and aesthetic. But it’s not the end of the world, and those tools can still be used provided you put in some time and elbow grease.

Materials Needed:

How To Clean Your Rusted Tools With WD-40?

  • Soap
  • Dish detergent
  • Steel wool
  • Sandpaper
  • Soft washcloth
  • WD-40
  • Large container
  • Scouring Pad

Methods to clean rusted tools:

How To Clean Your Rusted Tools With WD-40?

Solution 1 (hand tools):

  • Mix detergent and warm water, and soak your tools in them.
  • While your rusted tools are in the water, scrub them using a sponge or a rag until any oil or dirt on the tool is gone
  • Dry your tools and use sandpaper/steel wool to target heavily rusted/corroded areas first
  • Use sandpaper to remove the smaller patches of rust/corrosion on your tool
  • Rinse and dry your tools once all the rust has been removed
  • Use WD-40 to remove any moisture present on them

Solution 2  (hand tools):

  • Spray WD-40 on your hand tools and let them sit for 1-2 hours
  • Use steel wool or coarse sandpaper to remove larger patches of rust
  • Use sandpaper to remove the smaller patches of rust/corrosion on your tool
  • Rinse and dry your tools once all the rust has been removed
  • Put another coating of WD-40 on them to remove any moisture present