I rarley wash my knives with water...usaually just scrape them clean with another knife. Standing mud or moisture will rust them very quickly. My local Lowes carries stainless knives as well as other online sites. Wallboard makes my knive of choice...has a very comfortable feel. I've had friends and coworkers that wipe thiers down with wd40 at the end of the day too.
It just seems like it really shouldn't be that hard to make a tool that is exposed to moisture that doesn't rust. The drywall tools I use are usually the ones carried by the Home Depot so I wondered if they were just DIY quality and maybe if I could find a supply house that drywallers use that they would carry a better line of tools. I guess I will check Lowes.
I also need a knock down knife, I have been using my wide drywall knives up to now but I think I could get better results with an actual knock down tool, but I don't see them anywhere local.
Been in the finishing biz for more yrs than I care to admit. For my $$ you can't beat a goldblatt knife, marshalltowns are real good too. I use a cheap scrub brush from the dollar store to clean them up after each use with water, then wipe completely dry with a rag, then spray them down good with wd-40 or equilivant, the generic brand works just as good. Main thing though, don't buy the house brand knives from HD or Lowes, they are just 1-2 time use & ready for the dumpster. That's what I let my son use when he wants to work with me during the summer, that way when he inevitably bends a corner or whatever, I don't mind throwing them away.
I imagine Colorado Drywall Supply is still in bus out there in Denver, used to make the hr drive up there fairly regularly for tools and beads when I lived in the springs. I have always found that quality tools are cheaper through my local supplier than even the big bix stores, of course at the supply yard you get a contractor's discount, where at the big bix places you pay what the sticker says period, no haggling. Ames also has a store there in Denver as well, or least they used to, Ames makes some excellent finishing boxes and angle tools, but they are real proud of them too. I've gone to Columbia for all my boxes and angleheads, very nice tools at about half the price of Ames. Best tool supplier round these parts is Negwer, not sure if they've got a location out in the mile high city or not. I've also bought a few items from all-wall.com, great prices, good service, and they have absolutely everything. :Thumbs:
If in drywall tools you mean knives and a hawk, I scrape off the big chunks at the end of the day. The next day I scrape them off again and then hit with a sanding block. I've found it best not to clean with water because water might not always be an option on the job site. I also use a 6" stainless knife that I leave in my bucket off mud and only clean it about once a month.
Threw out all the old knives and bought all stainless steel about a week after this post began, never looked back, no rust, clean em up throw them in the drywall bag, pull them out for next job and they look brand new. The last thing I have time for is screwing around with cleaning rust off of a drywall knife when there is an alternative product. :thumbsup:
mine get kinda rusty too, but i use 220 grit on them and just dry them. they don't rust if they are put away dry. i don't do a lot of drywall but just a few small jobs or patches on big ones once the drywallers are gone and someone screws up my job.
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