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Greetings from Québec. I was given a solid but very rusty 30-foot chain that stayed a few years in a tub with water in it. Has anyone ever tried removing rust by making a HOT wood fire and putting the object in the center ? I loosened up a vise once by doing that. But for flaky rust, I dunno. Thanks for your time. Stay safe.
 

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Greetings from Québec. I was given a solid but very rusty 30-foot chain that stayed a few years in a tub with water in it. Has anyone ever tried removing rust by making a HOT wood fire and putting the object in the center ? I loosened up a vise once by doing that. But for flaky rust, I dunno. Thanks for your time. Stay safe.
Drag it up and down a gravel road.
 

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Yo ! I read about that somewhere. Maybe on a logging road that's not being used right now. What held me back is wether only the outside will be polished........ Another idea I had was to find a cement mixer and just have it turn in gravel. Like when I tumble-polish stones. If worse comes to worse, I'll resort to acid, but would prefer avoiding it. Thanks again !
 

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Rust only goes so deep into steel. It actually protects the inside layers from rusting. (The problem comes with thin metal when the rust can go all the way thru, or rust from both sides meets in the middle.
You can give a quick wire brushing to the chain (or use the dragging trick) to rewove the flaky stuff, .then slop on or soak it in stuff like Rust Mort that chemically reverses the oxidation process and gives almost permanent protection.
 

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Thnks. I will probably do something like dragging and using vinegar and a steel brush, because of the prohibitive cost of Rust Mort.
 

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One old trick is to boil the parts in water to cover the part..
This will turn most of the rust to patina..

I would not burn the chain directly in the fire as you could loose heat treat hardness that way and soften the metal..
 
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Unless there is a specific reason you need it clean, why bother? I agree if it is real bad, drag it just to knock the junk off. I keep mine in a cheap bucket in the bed of my truck. That way it doesn’t beat the bed to death, and if I want to put it in a nicer vehicle, like my wife’s Suburban, it doesn’t make a mess because it’s in a big bucket.
 

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Greetings from Québec. I was given a solid but very rusty 30-foot chain that stayed a few years in a tub with water in it. Has anyone ever tried removing rust by making a HOT wood fire and putting the object in the center ? I loosened up a vise once by doing that. But for flaky rust, I dunno. Thanks for your time. Stay safe.
I live ten miles from a paved road. By the time I got to the pavement, it would be shiny as new.
 

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One old trick is to boil the parts in water to cover the part..
This will turn most of the rust to patina..

I would not burn the chain directly in the fire as you could loose heat treat hardness that way and soften the metal..
It's nice to hear from a duct tape artist once in a blue moon.... dying breed. It's welded chain, and it only has an 18 foot vintage lifeboat's 20 lb anchor to weigh down. Will try water first. Merci!
 

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Another idea I had was to find a cement mixer and just have it turn in gravel.
We cleaned up a lot of hardware on the farm using this method. We used wet sand. Washed off the sand and then dunked the parts in oil to keep them from flash rusting.

The best part is you can dump all the hardware in and let the mixer work while you do something else.
 

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I hope that after you shine it up you will give it a good inspection. After that long of a soak, I would be kinda suspicious about hooking it up to lift a piano up to the third floor. Or a log to my new Kubota. At least let your wife do the pulling while .......wait....see how much insurance you have on the tractor. :)

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None of my chains have any rust on them (never painted them) because I use them all the time for pulling logs out of our creek, or picking up heavy items with my loader,

I too, think that dragging it down a gravel road will get the desired effect.
 

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We cleaned up a lot of hardware on the farm using this method. We used wet sand. Washed off the sand and then dunked the parts in oil to keep them from flash rusting.

The best part is you can dump all the hardware in and let the mixer work while you do something else.
Thank you. You should have written me 40 yrs ago when I was more able-bodied.......but nevertheless, I WILL look around for an old mixer. There are MANY MANY things that would benefit from this type of tratment, especially in the forge I don't use much anymore.
 

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None of my chains have any rust on them (never painted them) because I use them all the time for pulling logs out of our creek, or picking up heavy items with my loader,

I too, think that dragging it down a gravel road will get the desired effect.
Same here, except when I salvaged a vintage aluminium lifeboat for a friend's museum last fall, next to it in the field was a bucket with a 20 lb modern fishing anchor and this chain, must have been sitting there 10 yrs since owner passed. I kept that.
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When I was given a surface rusted log chain that left my hands orange I soaked itt in burnt motor oil for a few days and wiped it down with kerosene before storing it in the truck toolbox.

I was given that 35 foot chain 40 years ago and it's still dark but not dirty to handle and is a good pull chain.

A friend tried drag polishing a rusted chain once and it snagged on the side of the road as it snake dragged behind his truck and bent the hitch and bumper at about 30 mph and deep dinged some of the links.
 

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I don't have much rust on my logging chain. I leave it in the sun to dry after using it then store it in a 50 caliber ammo can. The can seals out moisture and has a handy handle on top when I want to move it.
 
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