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Old 05-15-2019, 05:10 PM   #1
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I saw a nice youtuber that do tools restoration and he uses shellac after the work is done. What you do after cleaning and removing the rust of your pliers?

1. Use WD-40?
2. Oil them?
3. Both?
4. Paint them?
5. Use Shellac?
6. Use another stuff like carnauba?
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I use WD40 or any similar spray lubricant because it's cheap, it's always around, and it works OK. There are things that have more staying power but most of them are messy, WD40 is light and doesn't leave much residue on the tools. I will use it to wipe down tools when they get dirty, which isn't that often, because I am more particular about keeping my tools clean than my silverware. That light coat of oil keeps them rust free. I try to keep it off the handles but I am not sure if it would really bother the plastic of the handles.

I bought some old woodworking tools that a guy cleaned up, he put a coat of varnish on when he was done. It's pretty durable and looks really shiny. Varnish, shellac, or wax, I am sure would keep the tool coated longer than just wiping it with oil, but it's more trouble than I will go to. If I lived somewhere with saltwater where things rusted more, I might do it though.
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If you use them everyday and keep them dry, you don't really need to do anything else.
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I use WD40 or any similar spray lubricant because it's cheap, it's always around, and it works OK. There are things that have more staying power but most of them are messy, WD40 is light and doesn't leave much residue on the tools. I will use it to wipe down tools when they get dirty, which isn't that often, because I am more particular about keeping my tools clean than my silverware. That light coat of oil keeps them rust free. I try to keep it off the handles but I am not sure if it would really bother the plastic of the handles.

I bought some old woodworking tools that a guy cleaned up, he put a coat of varnish on when he was done. It's pretty durable and looks really shiny. Varnish, shellac, or wax, I am sure would keep the tool coated longer than just wiping it with oil, but it's more trouble than I will go to. If I lived somewhere with saltwater where things rusted more, I might do it though.
Shellac doesn't hold up in a saltwater environment. Lacquer is th eway to go.
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WD or just a light oil when they need it. Usually when they start to get tight or if they got rained on.


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I use cutting oil in the joint, simply because I always have some and because it doesn't dry out like WD does. Otherwise I don't worry about whatever patina might develop, it's part of the charm of a well used tool.

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My strippers had a tight hinge. Yesterday I used them to verify a hot circuit. Now the hinge is nice and loose.
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My strippers had a tight hinge. Yesterday I used them to verify a hot circuit. Now the hinge is nice and loose.
I was always thought that when your pliers get old, do the above to turn them into strippers
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My strippers had a tight hinge. Yesterday I used them to verify a hot circuit. Now the hinge is nice and loose.


And now you can strip 8's and 6's.
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I was always thought that when your pliers get old, do the above to turn them into strippers
It works for dykes, but I'm not sure about how it would work for pliers.
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I bought an acrylic clear spray paint and painted my rusty old linesman plier. I soaked it in vinegar and cleaned it with a microfiber cloth, so it looks like matte gray, not shiny metal. Still I not going to spend $20 buck in stuff to make it shiny. I spray it with the acrylic I will show pictures soon.
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