People I know are aware of my affinity for tools and they apparently assume I can salvage or refurbish anything tool related, so I wind up with some real challenges at times.
This pipe wrench is one such example, rusted and idle for who knows how long yet salvageable as long as the threads remain in decent condition which they seem to be.
The rust removal isn’t that big of a deal, any pitting though will remain but add a coat or two of a rust inhibiting paint and it will be good to go.
The formula I use is a mixture of vinegar and salt in a container large enough to hold the tool, leave it for a couple of days, hit the parts with steel wool and a steel brush, and then soak it in a bucket of water and a cup or so of baking soda for about fifteen minutes to remove the acid the combination of vinegar and salt became.
To top it off I blow if it off with an air nozzle and then use a rag with denatured alcohol to wipe it all off a couple of times to insure there are no traces of water left.
If it isn’t something to paint then a light coating of oil will stave off future rusting.
This isn’t an approach of my design, it’s something old timers in the trades are familiar with that was related to me.
It works amazingly well and there aren’t a lot of commercial environmentally unfriendly products being used.
I have an assortment of such wrenches, enough to cover just about any contingency so once I restore this I’ll probably pass it on to someone doesn’t.
Sometimes a tool or object is so far gone that the only alternative is to replace it – but a part of that is the mindset of disposability that seems to permeate all things.
There’s nothing wrong with used or restored, an additional benefit is you save a few or more bucks in the process and in a small way reduce your carbon footprint.