As I was excavating a flat spot for the new wood shed I built, I unearthed an axe head that had been buried for a minimum of twenty years but more likely at least 30 years. Needless to say, it’s encrusted in rust. I used a hammer to knock a bit of it off. I think it would be interesting to remove the rust and to see what the surviving metal looks like – without using a wire brush. I’m thinking of an anchor on Lady Washington that’s all pitted from so many years of sea use. It’s attractive.
I know that electrolysis is the preferred method but A) I’m cheap and don’t want to buy the stuff, and B) I’ve never built an electrolysis setup before. (Yes, I know there are instructions online and it looks pretty straightforward.) So I’m thinking of soaking the axe head for a very long time in a pail of white vinegar.
Will this work? Is there a better way, using something from the hardware store, do remove the rust?