Understand that nothing will put steel back that has gone away. Soaking in a good penetrating oil, and then the least abrasive material you can find. KROIL is penetrating oil on steroids- PB Blaster is also pretty good stuff. Coat, let soak for a day, use 0000 steel wool or a Choreboy copper pot scrubber, either wetted with penetrant.
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