In Reply to: Maintance of forge equipment? posted by Gary Ostby on June 08, 2017 at 11:38:32:
Well I hope you're joking about beating your tractors. I don't let anyone near my cars, trucks, tractors, or dog with a hammer.
If the tools are rusty and dirty, here is a link to a HOW-TO procedure for cleaning and restoring. This works for any dirty, rusty part. Simple household white vinegar will remove all the crud, rust, and paint by soaking. I use this method for antique tools and parts I don't want to ruin the patina with by sandblasting. It may take a few weeks to really strip off all the crud but it works. Once the tool/part is stripped down to bare metal I apply a coat of Permatex Rust Treatment, use to be called EXTEND. it is a black oxide spray that will inhibit rust from forming ever again. Once it dries, I wait 24 hours at least, it can be painted. For small parts I use coffee cans, for medium size parts I use dishpans, and for large/long parts I use a plastic kiddie swimming pool -minus the kiddies. Like I said, vinegar tales a while but is worth it in the end.