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Posted 5/7/21 2:40 AM CDST

I soaked it in burnt motor oil for a few days and wiped it down with kerosene before storing it in the truck toolbox.
I used to repair/rebuild abandoned kids bikes. Coffee can of drain oil and soak all the rusty nuts and bolts with the chain for a few days. Pick 'em out and wipe off. Looks like new!
 

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A roller chain for running sprockets, would be junk at that point.

a chain for pulling things, I would not want a hot fire on metal, that can change the temper of the metal and ruin it.

do the light acid soaking as mentioned, or drag it up and down a gravel road as mentioned, shines itup pretty quick.

Soaking either type in diesel fuel or a light oil for some time will also help, before and especially after any of the above treatments.
 

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Question. Why would it matter if the chain was rusty? I have been using rusty chains to skid logs for over fifty years, the logs never knew the difference.
 
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