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Old 05-20-2010, 11:25 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I have an old Craftsmen toolset that sat in the garage for the last 8 to 10 years and a lot of the sockets have dirt, rust, gunk, etc on them. What would be the best way to clean them off? I read somewhere to fill a bowl with Coke and let them soak in there overnight...

Any other ideas? They aren't too dirty or messed up, just want them to look and feel new again

Lastly, after they are all cleaned up - should I apply any sort of lubricant to them to protect them for years to come? If so, what kind?


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Old 05-20-2010, 11:37 PM   #2
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wipe it down with wd40.. works well..
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Old 05-21-2010, 03:29 AM   #3
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I will do that in the AM, they are all soaking now in a giant tub of Coca-Cola


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Old 05-21-2010, 09:58 AM   #4
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If you're soaking any ratchets you should disassemble them, clean them and then regrease them.

The WD-40 is a great idea if the tools just sit. In this manner there is some type of coating or film of oil on them to keep them from rusting.
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:34 PM   #5
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I soaked em in coke all night, then washed em all off, then sprayed em all with WD-40 and then put em all away. They look light years better!

I also bout a new 160pc craftsman set and I'm thinking about combining to the two to have one complete set... Will update later, going to make an inventory list.


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Old 05-25-2010, 06:45 PM   #6
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you may need to soak them in baking soda after the cola to prevent rust. I don't know, but if it's the acidity of the coke that does it you're in trouble.
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you may need to soak them in baking soda after the cola to prevent rust. I don't know, but if it's the acidity of the coke that does it you're in trouble.
wd-40 will displace any coke on there
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wd-40 will displace any coke on there
it's "water displacement" not "coke displacement"
I would fear that maybe some sugars from the cola would still be in there.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:15 AM   #9
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Buy an ultrasonic bath they are cheap these days and use a mix of 30% trucksteam traffic film remover and water works a treat for cleaning anything,cleans carburettors up like new and even safely cleans fouled two stroke spark plugs up as new.
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:18 PM   #10
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Just use em. The rust and dirt will wear away. If I work on something really greasy, I'll keep a towel with some 409 or some other spray degreaser. Quick wipe down removes all the nasty dirts and oils, and then another towel with light oil
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just take them back to sears and exchange them for new ones, they exchange them for any reason
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just take them back to sears and exchange them for new ones, they exchange them for any reason
^ What he said. I broke a handful of 3/8ths ratchets..

And don't lick the tools because it tasted like coke!
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:49 PM   #13
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Just wash them up and start using them, greasy hands clean my tools. Self cleaning lol
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:26 PM   #14
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Yep...they have lifetime warranty. Rust=broken in my book if they are craftsman tools. YAY FOR NEW TOOLS!
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:41 PM   #15
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i wish that old coke myth would go away.....jesus

if you are gonna use soda...use diet....you dont want or need the sugar in it..it just makes a mess and draws ants
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A greasy wrench is a happy wrench



I was using this wrench to work on an all wheel drive, 200 hp sedan. (audi A6 )
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