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      timspawn
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      I was given nine sets of badly rusted RCBS dies yesterday. I first cleaned them with a wire wheel, then put them in a plastic coffee can. I filled the can with Workshop Hero Metal Rust Remover. After about three hours all the rust on the dies I could see was gone. The instructions said for heavy rust, soak for 24 hours. I checked again this morning and they looked even better. I will remove them tonight to wash and oil them. The dies did turn black where the rust was. I put some shell holders in the solution without wire brushing them to see how well it works without removing the scale first. The best part is the stuff is totally non toxic. No stink, non flammable and reusable.

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      bjornb
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      Man, I need to open a pawn shop! With my luck though, over here in gun-hating Broward County I’d be getting nothing but drills and saxophones!!:eek:

    • #34083
      Goodsteel
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      I need to look into that stuff!!

    • #34084
      timspawn
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      http://www.workshophero.com

      I got it at Home Depot.

    • #34086
      Butch Wax
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      What I’d like to know is who in their right mind would allow their dies to turn to solid rust!?

    • #34087
      timspawn
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      A buddy picked them up at a yard sale. They had the cleanest set on top. I’m sure he didn’t pay more than $20 or $25 for all of them. I’ll post a pick of the boxes. Clearly they had been full of water. Worst I’ve ever seen.

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      lar45
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      I salvaged many of my reloading dies from our shop fire a few years back. I got the chamber flex hones from brownells and used that to polish out the inside of the dies.
      http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/shotgun-tools/barrel-hones-accessories/rifle-polishing-system-prod651.aspx

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      Sgt. Mike
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      Got several rusted die sets too while knocking around. On those that the tumbler didn’t clean up I might need to use your method.
      Thank you

    • #34101
      timspawn
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      There is a lot less paperwork involved with drills and saxophones!

    • #34103
      timspawn
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      I flushed them with fresh water last night and have them soaking in 10W-30 now. I’m going to pull them apart one at a time and detail clean them inside and out. My “free” dies have already cost me $40 but it has been a leaning experience.

    • #34104
      Goodsteel
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      So you went from “Free” to “nine for the price of one”……
      Not a bad deal!!!

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