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I have some tire chains and some other smaller chains that I would like to preserve.

Would it be better to soak them in acid water, then rinse and then coat with oil?

Or would it be better to oil them with the rust coat?

I have Muratic acid that could be diluted and some used motor oil.
 

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I'll be watching this. I've got few chains, too.
 

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I swear there was this thread or one very similar here not too many months ago. People had many suggestion: clean the rust off; leave the rust on; drag it down a rock road (am I remembering that one right?) to polish it, and the list goes on. Oh yes, I think someone also said they used a cement mixer.
 

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yup.
 

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yup.
That sounds like a good idea! I've also got a bunch of big rusty hinges that I've scavenged. I packed them in a bucket of water with oak leaves. They look pretty good but if I don't stop the rust they will just start rusting again.

I've also buried rusty metal in swamp bottoms. They come out smooth and black because of the acid anoxic muck but if they aren't preserved they rust again.
 

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Hang them up somewhere where they are out of the weather. They couldn't rust enough in a hundred years, to make any difference.
 
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