If you havenít cleaned a saw blade before, it looks like a
pretty intimidating piece of work.
But actually it is rather easy.
Below is a picture story showing how I do it. This my way,
and other people have their way. Others use acid and/or
electro-zapping to clean their saws. I have tried these
methods, and I prefer to use the following method. My way suits me
and here is how I do it.
The first thing to do is scrape off the rust that can be
scraped off. Most of it will probably not come off if your saw is
I use the blades that are used in a utility knife. I buy
them in containers of 50 or 100 as shown in this picture. Other
galoots like to use single edge razor blades. I donít like them.
This is just personal preference.
The next step is sandpaper. The coarseness of the grit
depends on how rusty your blade is to begin with. A very rusty blade
responds well to a quality 150 grit for me. I do not try to remove
every bit of the discoloration from the blade with this first
sanding. I am only breaking the rust so that the next finer grit
will have an easier time of cleaning.
Wet or dry sandpaper is next. You need to lubricate the
blade with WD-40 or paint thinner with a little oil added. You scrub
with the wet or dry using a backing piece until you canít tell what
you are doing for the rust floating on the surface. Then you clean