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Best way to clean gavanised toolbox

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by spader, 2 Oct 2018.

  1. spader

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    I found a galvanised toolbox in the shed, looks like a vintage from 1960-1970s.
    It is covered in rust and dust muck, so would like to give a good clean.

    What would be the best method cleaning it? I was thinking of using WD40, and scrub, but not sure if there might be better way cleaning it? It still looks solid toolbox.
     
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    if it is galvanised and rusty, the galvanisation is shot.
    although the risk is low with one item, zinc dust isn't good for you.
    either wet it or vacuum to remove debris
     
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    The rust is patch in places (it is a largeish to medium sized toolbox width of about 2.5 ft (w) x 1ft (d) x 1ft (h).

    I see rust patches here and there in size of a wee crumpet, but the box itself seems solid.

    I used bateria killing kitchen wipe, and wiped out a bit, and the wipe became totally dark brown mess.

    I don't see anything vacuum could lift on or in the box. But will try. Would it still be usable after a wee clean? Or it is better to be binned?
     
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    It will be fine.
    if used for mechanic's tools, use an oily rag to wipe it down.
    if "clean" tools, use a damp cloth and elbow grease
     
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    Thanks for your info and advice. cheers.
     
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    Wd40 and ooo wire wool .
     
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    I was thinking of this method, but wasn't sure if WD40 has cleaning capability too.

    It looks like the toolbox had been coated by some blue paint, and the patchy bits are where, it is come off, and rusted.
     
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    Or a wire brush.

    It is quite big so if you want to paint it for long-term protection you will have to degrease it.
     
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    Wd40 and wire wool will remove light rust .
     
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    yup, WD40 sounds good. It will clean and also evaporate away, so will get dry?
    Not sure if I should paint on it. Maybe.
    Will have to find which paint is good for it though.
     
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    Id degrease it with Gunk, then give it one with the pressure washer....a cold galvanising spray as per foxy is a good move, Isopon 182 is another. Both scratch off in time though!
    John :)
     
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    It won't, it doesn't flash off and is petroleum based, hence the name WD-Water Displacement, but it will help break down rust.

    I use isopropyl alcohol as a degreaser as that does flash off.
     
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    isopropyl alcohol? Diluted or straight?
     
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