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I acquired this peter wright for Christmas. Best gift ever. Decent shape, a little rough around the edges but all in all good shape. I want to clean the thing up a bit. I’m assuming taking a wire wheel to it is my best bet? How do u guys clean up your anvils?

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Purty!

My 1-0-12 Christmas present got treated to an un-braided/un-knotted (so, standard crimp style) wire brushing via a 4.5" grinder followed by an oiling.

 

Let's see some more pics of the girl once you freshen her up a bit! 

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Looks like we both got spoiled for Christmas lol. Thanks guys I’ll definitely post some pics after I get it buffed and oiled up!

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Generally I clean any lose rust off with a powered wire brush and then just forge hot steel on the face---it will shine it up nicely if you do enough of it!  Here in the desert I don't put anything on them; back in a more humid clime I used to use BLO.

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Beewax also works for keeping the rust away, I generally use a mixture of linseed oil and beeswax 

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That is a good looking anvil you got there.

Personally, I don't clean my anvils unless they have heavy orange rust. What you have there is what I would call a century's worth of patina and I wouldn't touch it.

As said earlier, just start using it and the face will shine right up. Much better than any wire wheel could ever do.

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Wire wheel and ATF for me, but anything will do, orange oil, wax, wd40. Avoid anything that stays sticky afterwards like lanolin or linseed oil, unless diluted with turps or petrol. 

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On 1/12/2020 at 4:53 PM, aaamax said:

That is a good looking anvil you got there.

Personally, I don't clean my anvils unless they have heavy orange rust. What you have there is what I would call a century's worth of patina and I wouldn't touch it.

As said earlier, just start using it and the face will shine right up. Much better than any wire wheel could ever do.

Ya that’s very true. There is a lot of history behind these old anvils cleaning them up more than necessary is taking that away from them in a sense. Didn’t really think about that until now. Thanks for your comment. Cheers 

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On 1/14/2020 at 6:23 AM, LucBartek said:

Ya that’s very true. There is a lot of history behind these old anvils cleaning them up more than necessary is taking that away from them in a sense. Didn’t really think about that until now. Thanks for your comment. Cheers 

Glad you think so Luc. Also the patina is probably the best protective coating short of painting it.

Cheers to your terrific anvil.

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