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#1 posted 04-13-2011 02:12 AM

electrolysis is yet another way of removing rust and (paint if you leave it in long enough. This should be a good start or you can search it in LJs or owwm and you will find some threads that go deep into it.

In my limited experience regarding restoration, just about every method works reasonably well or at least looks that way to the untrained eye so go with whatever you can do or enjoy doing. I am sure just like anything else, a “professional” restorer can probably pick out differences in each of the methods for derusting/stripping/painting/quality of finish etc. I find that once you do one and get over the “fear of doing something wrong”, the fun part is just going with the flow.

Remember, it is not rocket science (even though I thought it was during my first resto) and the important thing is to enjoy the process. The big challenge in a restoration, IMHO, is taking the machine apart without bending/breaking/cracking anything. That’s where I think you should seek most of your guidance and take a picture every time you move something (i mean it) and label everything. I guarantee you when it is time to put it back together, you are going to say bound to say “where does this go again?

I am not sure that there is a wrong way of painting or removing rust (arguably some work better than others) but there definitely is a wrong way of trying to remove parts from a machine and those are the ones you want to avoid.

One more thing, I find cast iron is pretty indestructible when it comes to derusting/stripping but pot-metal and aluminum parts are more “delicate” so use caution with those. I find chemical stripping like citristrip work best on softer metals instead of abrasives such as wirewheel etc.

Have fun :) is a rewarding undertaking

If you have specific questions do not hesitate to shoot me a PM or ask here. I am no expert but I have finished a couple of restorations and be happy to point you in the right direction if I can.

-- Tampa-FL

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