Further adventures in derusting

Following on from my previous post.

You may have noticed some other bits amongst the plane and axe parts in the photo below:

Heat gun and derusted parts

These are part of my Stanley 905 breast drill, which I’ve been meaning to clean up for a while.

I wasn’t entirely comfortable with dipping the parts I couldn’t disassemble in the derusting fluid, so I decided to try out the derusting gel from the same manufacturer.

The instructions say to apply it with a scouring pad and rinse it off with water once you see bare metal, so I was worried that whichever method I used I’d end up having to get the moving parts wet.

The instructions also suggest using a hot air gun to thoroughly dry the parts afterwards (this is where I got the idea to use my Axminster AWHAG, the first use it’s had since I got it in January 2012!), so it wasn’t too bad after all.

Stanley hand drill

The 905 before cleaning & derusting

I used the gel on the chuck and the main body of the drill, which I didn’t want (or know how) to disassemble.

I may revisit the chuck as it’s still a bit patchy:

Stanley 905 chuck Stanley 905 chuck

I used wet and dry on the crank handle to expose the fact that yes, this really is a Stanley 905 breast drill!

Stanley 905 handle

I’ve not been too thorough as I don’t want it to look too bright and new – if anything it still looks dirtier and scruffier than the other two I’ve acquired since:

Stanley hand drills

The 905 with its “family” after cleaning & derusting

To summarise my experience, I wouldn’t say I’ve used the gel enough to have properly formed an opinion yet.

So far I still prefer the liquid for the sheer ease and simplicity, but there are some things like my vice that I simply can’t dip (at least not without major expenditure!)

I still want to try electrolytic derusting. My Dad has had a lot of success using a similar setup to this one.

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