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  • Steve Robison
    Jun 19, 2009
      My 2 cents worth...

      If you have more than light surface rust, but not enough for rust remover, you can use this inexpensive trick...

      1. Wash the trucks first in dish-washing detergent to remove as much oil as possible from the surfaces of the metal, then rinse clean. If there are oily spots on the rust, this method will not work...

      2. Get a disposable plastic bowl (plastic cottage cheese container, etc.) and soak them in a bath of 50% vinegar and 50% water, with a table spoon or two of salt thrown in too. They should soak in just enough solution to cover them. Soaking them in this mixture will dissolve most of the rust after a few hours...or you can leave them in longer for more severe rust removal. In cases of extreme rust, I have left items in over night, pulled them out and rinsed them off, then put them back in overnight to remove additional rust, repeating the process until they were rust free. By the way, this method will also shine up tarnished pennies and quarters too!

      3. Once the rust is removed, rinse the trucks thoroughly in water, dry them with a dry rag, polish them with steel wool if desired, and coat them in a light protective oil (3-in-one oil, WD-40, etc.) to stop any residual corrosion.

      4. Then wipe off most of the oil with another dry rag, leaving a thin film of oil on them to prevent further corrosion or rust.

      That should do the trick!

      By the way, this simple process using kitchen chemistry works well to clean up rusted galley trays and other rusty metal around your shop or studio too.

      Oh, and one last thing...if they are not heavily rusted, you can skip all the soaking and just use steel wool or scotchbrite to remove the light rust, then coat them with a light film of protective oil, and they should last for decades!

      Best wishes,


      Steve Robison
      The Robison Press
      Belmont, CA -- about 25 miles south of San Francisco

      --- On Thu, 6/18/09, Julie Larson <entdesign@...> wrote:

      > From: Julie Larson <entdesign@...>
      > Subject: Re: [PPLetterpress] rusty trucks
      > To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009, 8:20 AM
      > In that case, do put a bit of oil on
      > them and then scrub the surface with a synthetic abrasive
      > like a Scotchbrite pad or gently with some steel wool to
      > remove the surface rust. Then wipe off the residual oil and
      > you should be good to go. You are correct in that you don't
      > want the surface oilly in use, but I was thinking you had a
      > bad humidity problem and might need to oil them when not in
      > use for an extended period of time.
      > ________________________________
      > From: Nancy Hill <itstheheat1@...>
      > To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 11:05:12 AM
      > Subject: FW: [PPLetterpress] rusty trucks
      > Sorry - I was not clear. These trucks have been on a shelf
      > for a couple
      > years - the guy who sold us the press gave them to us (He
      > had adjustable
      > trucks on the press). I want to put hem on the press now.
      > but there is
      > surface rust. If I put oil on the trucks they will not work
      > right will
      > they? I am in AZ - NO humidity.
      > Are you saying that non-oiled exposed steel or cast iron
      > surfaces are
      > getting rusty quickly, or are you just having a problem
      > with the trucks? You
      > definately don't want to build rust between the rails and
      > the trucks when
      > the press is not in use, which could pit both surfaces. In
      > this case you
      > should consider getting at least some oil on these surfaces
      > or a rust
      > inhibitor. If just the trucks are problematic you could
      > switch to Delrin (a
      > type of plastic) trucks which NA Graphics sells. Is there
      > anyway for you to
      > reduce humidity in your shop? I'm in a basement and I run a
      > dehumidifier
      > constantly, but it is a struggle due to temperature.
      > ____________ _________ _________ __
      > From: Nancy Hill <itstheheat1@ cox.net
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      > Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 10:28:34 AM
      > Subject: [PPLetterpress] rusty trucks
      > I have a C&P 10 x15. I have just purchased new
      > adjustable trucks.... Only
      > to find out that I probably should be using non-adjustable
      > trucks - since I
      > will be using photopolymer plates a good deal of the time.
      > I have located
      > the press' old trucks. My problem... they have some rust on
      > the surface.
      > Is this an issue? I have cleaned them up - but short of
      > paint I cannot get
      > rid of rust for any period of time. Any comments would be
      > helpful.
      > Nancy R. Hill
      > Hazel & Violet INK
      > Nancy@hazelandviole tink.com
      > Itstheheat1@ cox.net
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