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    Default Rusty Halligan Bar

    I recently recieved an old halligan bar as a gift and it has accumulated some rust over the years. I would like to put it on display with my growing collection of memorabilia. I was wondering what would be the best way to clean it? I was thinking oil and steel wool but was looking for any other ideas. Thanks!


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    If there's other dirt or grime in addition to rust I'd start with mineral spirits. Scotchbrite pads work well for general cleanup and light rust removal. If it's further gone you may need more aggressive attack. You'll find scotchbrite to be less annoying to workwith than steelwool and you can put some muscle behind it (and it won't leave behind steel wool dust which is a corrosion starter as well).

    A coating of oil (WD-40) works well, will protect it while on display.

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    If you are not too worried about retaining the old finish, you could have it lightly sandblasted and powder coated. Steel wool might not take off all the rust, but if a "seasoned" look is what you want on it, it might be a good choice.

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    clean it with a wire wheel. Do you plan to have people touching it? If so, clear it with some clear coat spray paint. Or Spray it with Silver rustoleum.

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    If you want to spend the money, you should be able to have it re-chromed for about $40-50.

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    Carburetor cleanor will get the rust off for sure, but don't know what that'll do to the chrome finish.
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    The Rusty Halligan....

    The title of this thread would make a great name for a firefighter themed restaurant/pub!
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    If it was me and this Halligan was purely for display I would wire wheel off the rust, leave the chrome finish in whatever shape it is and then clear coat it with a spray can.

    The cool thing to do would be next to the display have a history of that particular tool. Like it came from Ladder 27 of the Whoozeewitz FD where it served during the war years of big fires and tons of runs. I know that sounds kind of buff like but hey, if you aren't a little bit of a buff why display it?

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    keep it in your car, its a great menacing item :-)

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    So...

    If a Rusty Halligan was a drink, what would it be?

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    I would leave it "AS IS"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalmatian190 View Post
    So...

    If a Rusty Halligan was a drink, what would it be?
    Drambuie and Jamiesons?
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    I've actually heard Tabasco sauce works well on rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itsmy6 View Post
    I've actually heard Tabasco sauce works well on rust.
    It sure works on an MRE (meal ready to eat) during hurricane evacutions......

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    It sure works on an MRE (meal ready to eat) during hurricane evacutions......
    I always thought it meant Meal Ready to Exit??

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    If it was me and this Halligan was purely for display I would wire wheel off the rust, leave the chrome finish in whatever shape it is and then clear coat it with a spray can.

    The cool thing to do would be next to the display have a history of that particular tool. Like it came from Ladder 27 of the Whoozeewitz FD where it served during the war years of big fires and tons of runs. I know that sounds kind of buff like but hey, if you aren't a little bit of a buff why display it?

    FyredUp
    That is exactly what I would do. I'm a history buff anyway so......

    FyredUp read my mind!
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    Sorry, thought it would help :-)

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