Removing rust with electrolysis

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Removing rust with electrolysis

Post #1 by 1966Mustang » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:52 pm

This topic has been done to death and a google search will support that, but I thought I'd do a How-To anyway.

My CSRP Spindles weren't painted when I first bought them, and had since rusted over the years and pairing them up with my new Street or Track Coil Overs just really diminished from the whole look. Electrolytic processes are quite fun... I ended up de-rusting quite a few other parts (rotors, drums, nuts/bolts, spring perches, etc.) and playing with DIY galvanizing and phosphating - using mostly found materials (disassembling alkaline batteries, zinc electrical fittings, etc.). At the height of my madness I cleaned up my rear axle by hanging the 7.25 backing plate end into a 5 gallon bucket filled with white vinegar and flipping it to do the other end after a couple weeks. It really worked (dunno if I screwed up my seals/bearings yet).

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Stovebolt has a good PDF on the setup here: http://www.stovebolt.com/techtips/rust/electrolysis.pdf

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Re: Removing rust with electrolysis

Post #2 by 1bad6t » Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:59 pm

I been known to electrocute a few parts myself...it's magic

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Re: Removing rust with electrolysis

Post #3 by fast64ranchero » Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:59 am

I've use Molasses and water (15 to 1 ratio) to remove rust, works great and you can use the left over liquid as a fertilizer..
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