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#151 KennyP OFFLINE  

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Posted June 28, 2011 - 06:12 AM

That is a neat idea on the gas tank. Thanks for posting it.

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Posted June 28, 2011 - 06:22 AM

I've done quite a few parts in mine. It works well but you need to keep the line of sight rule in mind. It does help to change the position of the parts and if I have time I usually take them out after 12hrs or so to clean the loose stuff off them. It also helps to degrease whatever you are putting in the tank. I am using a 55gal. plastic drum. With smaller parts you can use a higher voltage. I am using a transformer and rectifier not a battery charger. It is pretty crude right now but I plan on putting it in a case and adding an amp meter and a switch to adjust voltage. I normally run at about 16-17volts. I'm happy with it. I don't have a sand blasting cabinet so this is a big help.
I was talking to a friend the other day who is into old car restoration. Have you guys ever heard of soda blasting? Using baking soda to sandblast. Apparently he thinks it does the best job of anything he's tried.

Edited by JDBrian, June 28, 2011 - 06:22 AM.
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Posted June 28, 2011 - 10:02 AM

Soda blasting is more for aluminum, brass, or anything soft or requiring a fine finish. It's great for carbs & when soda blasted they look like new. I've been aiming to rig me up one, as I have feed grade soda (just as fine) by the 50lb bag here on my farm.

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Posted July 17, 2011 - 10:50 AM

Bit the bullet today. Got a large tub and some Arm & Hammer at Wally World this morn. I'll pick up some rebar toward the end of the week for anodes. Not sure how my charger will work with this, so will hook it to a battery, then to the anodes and parts. One question. The other site listed on page 1 said using copper wire in the solution would create a mess (if I read correctly). What do you folks hang small parts with in the solution? Just want to be safe doing this. Thanks.

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Posted July 18, 2011 - 04:42 AM

Went to another site I had bookmarked and it said to use steel wire. I have lots of the old metal coat hangers, finally have a use for them.

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Posted August 24, 2011 - 12:34 AM

This is really exciting guys. I have collected a 50 gallon plastic tank, rebar and a 12 volt, 20 amp power supply out of a scrapped travel trailer (these are usually very inexpensive and robust). Have a ton of rusty stuff to try. It will be a while, but will report the results. Thanks,

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Posted August 31, 2011 - 09:02 PM

I have a question. Is there any way to keep a section of paint from being loosened? I am working on the 3 pt lift assembly for Dad's Sears Custom 6. It has a really nice tag on it and I'd like to keep it there, but I don't want to ruin it. It's riveted on. I will remove it if I should, but would rather leave it alone.

Would a piece of masking tape over it or painters tape do it? I am leaning toward removal, but wanted to ask the experts.

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Posted August 31, 2011 - 09:09 PM

I would remove it for sure. No way to truly protect it once submerged. The process would still reach it to some extent no matter what you covered it with. Being it's riveted, an easy task to remove it.
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Posted August 31, 2011 - 09:25 PM

Thanks Daniel, I will pull pull it then.

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Posted August 31, 2011 - 09:39 PM

I'm sure you will do a good job Alan. Please post pics of your progress.

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Posted August 31, 2011 - 09:49 PM

I'm sure you will do a good job Alan. Please post pics of your progress.


Right now it's just a frothy mess, I will try to remember to take some pics of the lift lever before cleaning. It's the worst of the rust.

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Posted September 19, 2011 - 07:29 AM

Just wanted to let everyone know my tank is doing great. Even with using the 'wrong' Arm & Hammer, though I did add most of a box of baking soda to it. I cleaned the 3-point hitch I just received. Can't be happier. Thanks for starting this thread.

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Posted September 19, 2011 - 09:49 AM

I had an Idea about cleaning the re-bar after you get done with the part. Has anyone reversed the leads and hung a scrap piece of metal in the tank? I would think that this would clean the re-bar the same way it does the part... What say you??
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Posted September 19, 2011 - 09:55 AM

I had an Idea about cleaning the re-bar after you get done with the part. Has anyone reversed the leads and hung a scrap piece of metal in the tank? I would think that this would clean the re-bar the same way it does the part... What say you??

I thought of the same thing but never tried it.

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Posted September 19, 2011 - 05:59 PM

I gave it an over night run, but didn't get to check things out. Got busy again.




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