How To Prevent Rust From Starting In Your Metal Work Tools

You know your drill bit from a drill. Now you know how to stop rust from forming in your metal tools.

You know your drill bit from a drill. Now you know how to prevent rust from forming in your metal tools. This simple little trick will help you avoid the “rust hole” on the drill bit. To prevent rust from forming on a drill bit, we recommend removing the drill rod at an angle and cleaning your drill bit by hand with soapy water. Once the bit is clean, remove the end cap and rinse with water. Repeat in three minutes to prevent rust from forming. Also, you must keep your drill bit away from water; when the bit is not in use, it should not be exposed. To prevent rust from forming on your screws, we recommend cleaning your screws with a solvent cleaner and oil, or applying rust inhibitor to your screws. If your screws ever have rust on them, it’s time to re-coat them.

The following image shows a drill bit at an angle. I will tell you how to prevent rust from forming on those bits.

Step #1 – Remove the Drill Rod The most obvious way to prevent rust from forming on any drill bit is removing the drill rod. The best way to remove the drill rod from your drill is to unscrew it from the back. First, carefully unwrap the small piece of brass ring that is threaded to the back of your drill. Then remove the drill rod by hand with the supplied small wrench that comes in a box. If you remove the drill rod in this way, you may have to get used to taking apart your drill, though I think this is the fastest and easiest way to remove this device.

Step #2 – Clean Your Drill Bit With soapy water I would never recommend cleaning your drill bit with an ordinary household cleaner, however for the occasional rust trap, this is a good method to use. Apply any cleaner to your drill’s shaft and then wipe the drill. After the bit has been swabbed, use an old toothbrush to clean off any stray soapy water and any rust. Rinse your drill bit with water, and then let it dry. Repeat the steps with the other end of your drill bit.

After the drill bit is cleaned, dry it off with the supplied oil and air dryer.

The following images show how a drill bit will look after these techniques are used to properly remove the drill rod.

Step #3 – Oil/Rust Protector/Resin Seal After you have properly cleaned your drill bit, it’s time to add oil and the type of rust protector to prevent rust from forming on it. We normally use a combination of both, to be on the safe side. So, take the following steps: apply a little oil to each end of your drill

Step #4 – Apply Rust inhibitor Now lets use another technique to prevent rust from forming in the drill’s shaft. Before applying the rust inhibitor, let it sit for a minute or three. You want the rust inhibitor to fully dry so it is not sticky to the drill bit and will not stick. 

If the drill bit has been left in water, then use an old toothbrush to rinse off any rust that is on the drill before applying the rust inhibitor.

After the rust inhibitor has dried, re-apply your Rust inhibitor and oil. Do not allow the oil to sit over night. 

Apply a thin layer of resin sealant to your drill. We used a combination of car paint and plastic resin, to protect against rust and oxidation. 

The following image shows a drill after being coated with resin sealant. We recommend applying a second coat of resin sealant to protect the next time your drill is in use.