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Oxalic Acid. Removing rust from Chrome the very best way!
Ted Carl
post Apr 1 2006, 12:28 PM
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After trying some of the New School techniques listed here at VBMX and other forums, I can say without a doubt, that when it comes to rust removal, that I am going back to the Old School method I have used since I was about 10 years old cleaning beer cans. Aluminum wool, AC-500, Zep toilet bowl cleaner, Evaporust, and others all work, but all pale to the simplicity of this technique.

I have given Evapo-rust a fair shake, and fair share of parts. The stuff works good for some things, but is much slower, and much less effective than Oxalic Acid. Again proof is in the pudding. I have a Sting that I am working on, and here are some interesting results for you guys. This is an 18 hour soak.

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Jet Black
post Apr 2 2006, 04:31 AM
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My expedition to the local Bunnings , was interesting but fruitless , the guy knew what I was after , but couldn't find it , as I wandered past the thinners section pricing 20 liter Xylene & Tolulene drums (octance/anti detonation additives) to compare against 200liter drums , I found a 1 litre bottle of liquid Oxalic Acid & cut down to 10% purity & $14 !!!

The instructions said you could step on it further to make 5 liters in total , I never buy product that far down the line , it's always expensicve & heavily stepped no matter what you are buying , so I'll have to go to the Pharmacy for the good stuff, BP.
It did give me a reasonable "working guide" on how to cut & dilute the pure crystal.
I missed reading the safety instructions , they are usually a good guide as to what you are dealing with , Ted seems to be dealing with confused manufacturers ....

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- Ted Carl   Oxalic Acid. Removing rust from Chrome the very best way!   Apr 1 2006, 12:28 PM
- - Ted Carl   Headset before Headset after. (Ok there is so...   Apr 1 2006, 12:29 PM
- - Pauly   Next time I go to Home Depot I'm picking some up. ...   Apr 1 2006, 12:35 PM
- - Ted Carl   Dont forget to pick up WHITE Scotch brite pads. NO...   Apr 1 2006, 12:53 PM
- - DAN   How do you dispose of it when your done?? I have a...   Apr 1 2006, 01:28 PM
- - Ted Carl   Pull the plug in the laundry room sink! It cleans ...   Apr 1 2006, 01:45 PM
- - Jet Black   I'll have a look at thru one of our local Hardwar...   Apr 1 2006, 02:43 PM
- - Motor City Mongoose   I used that stuff BITD to clean rusty beer cans fo...   Apr 1 2006, 02:56 PM
- - Jet Black   I would have been about the same age when I was as...   Apr 1 2006, 06:41 PM
- - gregnh   i have a nickle frame to clean some light rust & o...   Apr 1 2006, 06:45 PM
- - Ted Carl   It will work like a charm on Nickel.... quote:W...   Apr 1 2006, 06:55 PM
- - Randy   Those before pictures make you want to slap whoeve...   Apr 1 2006, 08:32 PM
- - rumblerdave   Thank you for posting this! Probably the most usef...   Apr 2 2006, 01:43 AM
- - velocidad   Yeah what a great post Ted, and great pics as alwa...   Apr 2 2006, 04:09 AM
- - COASTY   Great stuff Ted, Maybe theres hope for some of my ...   Apr 2 2006, 06:05 AM
- - Ted Carl   Randy, the saddest part of this one, is when you t...   Apr 2 2006, 02:16 PM
- - rick kast   i clicked over from the vintage side, when i saw t...   Apr 3 2006, 02:18 PM
- - Ted Carl   I thought I would clarify that I am not knocking t...   Apr 4 2006, 01:50 AM
- - ettsn   I picked up a spray bottle of pre-mixed Oxalyic Ac...   Apr 4 2006, 08:19 AM
- - raul   Looks like a trip to Holmes Depot is in order. Hey...   Apr 4 2006, 11:10 AM
- - ettsn   Yep, just sprayed it on. Bottle says to let it sit...   Apr 4 2006, 02:11 PM
- - Ted Carl   I have gotten quite a few emails from people bravi...   Apr 5 2006, 12:43 AM
- - Ted Carl   Rumblerdave, I am not ignoring you....Maybe I wi...   Apr 5 2006, 01:05 AM
- - mongoose_rider   hi mate i bought my self a 500 gram tube of crysl...   Apr 5 2006, 02:06 AM
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