Rust Removal by Way Of Electrolysis

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02-23-2015 02:42 PM

In the past I’d been using Apple Cider Vinegar to remove rust from steel and iron but I was just recently introduced to rust removal by using Electrolysis, I did a search here on LJ’s on this method and found that a few members had written a blog on their process with using electrolysis and after my research it appears that rust removal by electrolysis is a more promising method and easy to boot, I’m sharing this video which will give you all the info and details you need in using the method.

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#1 posted 02-23-2015 02:51 PM

Thnx for the link Randy. I know Dave, did a video a long time ago about this same technique. He also used one of those kiddy pools. It seems to work really well.

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 04:06 PM

An interesting technique…if only I had something rusty besides my bones…

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 04:30 PM

Well done vid. I must add that the CathOID and anOID are really pronounced CATHODE and ANODE. Not a slam by any means, just a bit of correction.
Never thought about using a kiddy pool. Great idea.


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#4 posted 02-23-2015 05:39 PM

Electrolysis works great but is WAY messy.. whatever you wind up using for a tank will be relegated to that task forever afterwards, or the garbage pile. Don’t try it with a kiddie pool that you ever want to use again as a kiddie pool! I’ve had good success on really large stuff by building a frame out of scrap wood and then lining with a couple layers of thick plastic sheets. At least that way, when you are done, you can just throw the plastic away.. grunge and all. For smaller stuff, I have a dedicated plastic bucket that I keep filled and ready to go:

Just need to filter the muck out of it once and a while. But because of the mess involved, I usually try to use evaporust whenever possible if possible. I have an old one gallon paint bucket that I keep filled with it and built a hardware cloth basket to fit in it. Most of the small stuff like nuts, bolts, pulleys, gears, etc.. go in it overnight and then it’s a simple rinse and you are done.


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#5 posted 02-23-2015 06:00 PM

Thanks for sharing—interesting stuff.

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 06:10 PM

Looks good Randy. Now I know where to bring my rusted items! ;-)

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 06:10 PM


As you know, I did and have been doing the vinegar thing with my tools that just “rust” due to non use and high humidity in my shop. Rehabbed an 18 inch scroll saw and about 6 hand planes.

When I first thought about doing the rust removal I checked out LJ’s and YouTube for electrolysis and I am a little nervous about the off gases in my shop. I’ve seen some pretty impressive big restorations of used auto parts etc.

Maybe this Spring or Summer

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#8 posted 02-23-2015 06:20 PM

I am a little nervous about the off gases in my shop

Don’t be. It’s really not an issue at all. Hydrogen and oxygen in very, very small amounts are released and dissipated into the atmosphere quickly. You can hold a lighter to the bubbles coming off and get a nice little ‘pop’ though if you feel bored :)


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#9 posted 02-23-2015 07:23 PM

I do this all the time. I’d do it in the garage with the door open, not a confined space. It works! I reclaimed a set of relaoading dies someo gave me and you’d not know there were once a big piece of rust. The gas is nasty though, do not do in confined space. If you get enough of it and a spark it will be a bad day!

Same principle will copper coat lead bullets too.

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