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Help...please.....with rust on my new GB?

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by d.weglarz13, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. d.weglarz13


    Jun 4, 2008
    Ok, tried a few things, didn't really work. Plastic brush and wd40, no good. I know what most of you will say, keep the rust, but I HATE rust on my blades. Especially with a forged finish like on the Gransfors axes. I bought everything I need to keep it rust free...oil, briwax, etc...and it got some surface rust before I got to use any of it...
    I didn't even get to take the wax off it like I was going to. So, please guys, help me out. I really want to take off the rust but I don't want to harm or lighten the dark forge finish. This is really bothering me.
    I know, I know. I should have bought a cheaper boys axe, but it was to be MY axe, and I wanted the prettier one.
    Please give me some ideas. I'm on the way to the gun shop to pick up some breakfree, but not sure if it will work..
    Brass brush? PB blaster spray? Any ideas???
    Thanks again guys, sorry to be such a pain.
    This is really hurting my feelings though, I keep all my blades rust free and want to keep it that way..
    Thanks again for everything

  2. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
  3. zpavao


    Feb 14, 2011
    Maybe a miracle cloth. That's always served me well for rust removal, but I've never tried it on a forged finish, so I can't guarantee for sure that it won't lighten the finish... I don't think it will though. I've never had it change the original color of any of my blades.

  4. d.weglarz13


    Jun 4, 2008
    I'm a bit hesitant to use a rust converter...
    Square peg, have you used this on a GB before? I really don't want the spots extra black or something, as the finish is a blueish grey... I really don't want to make myself feel worse than I already do....I hope you guys can understand what I'm going thru. It happened during the first use!
    Thanks so far......

  5. ljcsov


    Mar 2, 2012
    Are you sure it is rust? I know my Wetterlings came with a reddish compound that was smeared onto the head as a polishing buffer. Perhaps you have something similar on your GBA, giving it a red hue? If you only used it once, and kept it reasonably dry, I tend to doubt that you have rust on it already.

    To knock off rust, you can use a wire brush or sand paper. Keep in mind, many things that will remove rust may also take off the forge finish of the axe. Make sure to keep that thing oiled!
  6. d.weglarz13


    Jun 4, 2008
    I don't want to use sandpaper or a wire wheel....Yes, its rust. I will try more wd40 and CLP......I guess...
  7. ljcsov


    Mar 2, 2012
    Vasoline works too....leaves the head lubricated too...maybe additional chopping performance? :p
  8. Operator1975

    Operator1975 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 24, 2010
    I think I would try a Ritalin first
  9. SBuzek

    SBuzek KnifeMaker

    Dec 7, 2006
  10. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Yeah Dave chill out bro it can't be that bad. Just go beat the hell out of it and that rust will come right off.:D
  11. bearhunter


    Sep 12, 2009
    Now that's funny...
  12. Fanglekai


    Jan 7, 2007
  13. d.weglarz13


    Jun 4, 2008
    Alright alright.....maybe you guys are right. Im getting just way too out of hand now. I bought it to use, so thats what im going to worry about. I'll be posting pics of the camping trip soon, maybe a short review of the axe too.
    Thanks for all the help though guys, i think that Ritalin is starting to kick in...

  14. kelseyboy


    Apr 19, 2007
    seriously, if you go stick it in some dirt where you know there is no rocks,
    I took an old axe of mine, gets rust on it all the time, I dig out roots with it, the tip of that bad boy shines after every cleaning.

    And or some soft wood where it will get deep.
    btw I prefer adderol.
  15. willseeyalater


    Jan 7, 2012
    To keep tools from rusting you take a 5 gallon bucket about half full of clean sharp or mason's sand. It is rinsed and free of sediment. In the sand pour then stir in a quart of mineral oil and store your axe in there or use it to rub it clean and oil it all at one time then wipe off it to store. You should be able to buy the sand in bags where they sell mortar and ready mix concrete, don't use sand from the ocean side, the salt will mess it up.
  16. Fanglekai


    Jan 7, 2007
    I use flitz on my GB whenever I notice tiny specks of rust.
  17. cckw


    May 24, 2008
    can you post a photo? I mess with such things, but what I do depends on how big & how bad.
  18. d.weglarz13


    Jun 4, 2008
    I actually got pretty darn clean!!! I will post pics when I get home, but it looks real good now. You guys really helped me out. Look for the thread a little later! Thank again to all of you.

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