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Old 03-11-2006, 07:55 PM
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Electrolysis rust removal

I read about this in another forum one day and finally decided to try it. Don't know if anyone in this forum has tried this, but it works great! I was really impressed. Tried it on a few old rusty tools I had thrown in a box. Doesn't bring it back to new, but it sure is easy.

Besides that, I spent most of the day organizing my garage/shop.

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Never really tried such, but then, haven't been exposed to it too much either. Care to link to it?
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You should also be aware that any electolysis, including chroming, will also weaken the part.......
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You should also be aware that any electolysis, including chroming, will also weaken the part.......
I assume you mean Hydrogen Embrittlement. I've read that it disapates with time and the process can be speeded by cooking the part at 300 degrees for awhile. I don't plan to use the process on anything critical though.

Also know that Stainless Steel should not be used as a conductor as some sites suggest.
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Never really tried such, but then, haven't been exposed to it too much either. Care to link to it?
Well, I read about it alot, and thought about it a long time before I decided to try it. Something about water and electricity that makes me wary.

Anyhow, here are a couple of the better sites I found on the subject:

http://antique-engines.com/electrol.asp
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/andyspatch/rust.htm
http://users.andara.com/~pspencer/ns...is.html#safety

As a warning, my battery charger finally quit working after using it for this for a couple days - it was very fritzy anyhow, and is why I used it. I really don't think the electrolysis fried it, it was just its time. I plan to try it again.

Edit: I also was hooking the charger directly to the electrodes without using a battery as a buffer. Probably makes a difference too.
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