I just acquired a nice pair of water pump style pliers and they have what I'll call rubberized handles that have years of grime in the pores. Any suggestions on cleaning? Left to my own devices I'd probably spritz with, whatever was handy and hope I'd find something that would really clean them up. The second photo is one of an old pair of Vise-Grips and I don't think there's much I can do in restoration other than cleaning with a wire wheel on a die-grinder. I've recently become more interested in the old Vise-Grips (before Irwin bought them) as I just watched a video comparing all manner of vise-grips to one another on a fabulous YouTube site named Project Farm. The presenter utilizes some pretty scientific methods to test literally any tool you can imagine. The old needle nose Vise-Grips out-performed every other brand by a country mile. Most surprising was just how far down the list the Snap-On brand fared. I personally like the 'lever' the old Vise-Grips used to release tension and we all know just how good the steel in the jaws were. If memory serves correctly I think it was Soligen, from Sweden. The new Vise-Grips are excellent of course, but I'm opting for old school.