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Probably a lot of you know about this----but in case you don't----I will post.  My buddy put me on to this----wish I had known about it 50 years ago.

First pic is before----- after soaking in common white distilled vinegar.  Be sure to wash in water after removing -----then put a primer on quick or it will rust pretty fast.  I use phosphoric acid 

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Cool, i have used washing soda and a battery charger with a sacrificial anode. Also molasses and water works wonders. 
how long did you soak? 

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1 minute ago, vtfireman85 said:

Cool, i have used washing soda and a battery charger with a sacrificial anode. Also molasses and water works wonders. 

Whaaaaat? I thought you were the maple syrup guy.☺️

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16 minutes ago, cobfly said:

Whaaaaat? I thought you were the maple syrup guy.☺️

I never thought of that.. maybe i try it

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That works fine, but the timing is everything. Vinegar (any acid) will continue to work (etch) even after the rust is gone, eating the good metal also.

I have gone to using evapo-rust. That stuff is AWESOME. I'm not a chemist, but it claims to only work on rust, and not virgin steel/iron. In my experience this seems to be absolutely true.

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I got a 250 gal tote powdered soap and a little lie to take the paint off and battery charger been doing this for a number of years when I'm finished in the fall open the valve and let it empty out no harsh chemicals.

 

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Boy, don't forget to take the parts out of the vinegar.  I have a super lightweight set of Buick power steering pulleys now due to my forgetting them in a vinegar bath for a few months.  So thin I can't use them. I was planning to put power steering on the Willys but now I have to find more pulleys.  

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