Jim Moore Glass Tools
Frequently Asked Questions
Rust is the most common problem people encounter with my tools. Most of the tools are all made of high carbon steel, which will rust if given a chance. If you live in an area that is humid or by the ocean the problem is much worse. If your tools are rusty or thinking about it you should try to stop the rust.
What I recommend is to wipe the tools off with a cloth that has your favorite type of oil worked into it. This will coat the tool with a thin layer of oil and remove some of the salts and oils left from your hands. Between the cleaning and oiling this should solve most of the problems.
If you have a situation where the rust is very difficult to control there are other solutions but they will change the appearance of the tools. One option is to paint or patina the tools. I have never liked painting so my preferred solution is to patina. The simplest way is to take the rusty tool and lightly Scotch Brite it and wash it off with water. Do not make the tool shiny, just remove the loose stuff. Once washed and dried the rusty areas should be black and ready for a coat of oil. The black oxide left on the tool is porous and will absorb some of the oil creating a stable finish. The tool will eventually turn black in the areas that are prone to rusting. Wiping off your tools with an oily cloth when you are done using them is a good habit to get into.
Always store tools (any tools) in a warm, well ventilated place. I know many people who keep their tools in suitcases, canvas bags or metal toolboxes, if there is any humidity they will sweat and rust. I think they are a great way to carry tools l but when you get home open the box up and let the air circulate around the tools. I think the best thing to do if you have the room is to oil the tools when you are done and hang them on the wall.
Some Stuff To Do For Your Tools:
- Make sure that the tools are dry before you pack them away.
- Wipe them down with a clean cloth or one preferably one with your favorite oil worked into it.
- Store in a warm, well ventilated place
- Look at your tools occasionally and check for wear, damage or rust. Check to make sure shears are sharp and adjusted correctly. Don't put off maintenance - it just makes your job harder.
- Mark your tools so you can identify them from five feet away. Engraving your name or initials is also a good idea. You and the people you are blowing with need to be able to identify each other's tools easily. This will keep tools that look a lot alike from wandering off. Colored tape placed strategically on the tool is the best idea that I have seen so far. Good electrical supply stores have some nice colors.