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Old 02-25-2003, 02:13 PM
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My new project is going to involve some rust removal!!!! I really hate body work!!! I feel like you have to be an artist, and in school I was told by my teacher that i needed to find something else to do durring that period!!! ha ha!! now my attention is a 1952 ford f1 truck. I purchased the truck in running condition and it was painted in about 1975 and it is the same coat of paint. but it is rusting badly. it has some pitting and I understand that will involve some cutting and welding but just for now I want to stop the rust in its tracks. Here is my plan : I want to take each piece off the truck and sand reshape the fenders and try my frist frame up resto. but not a 100 piont car. just a nice respectable resto. Is using acid a good way to find out where to start as far as figuring out where to cut and where to sand? Any help would be great!!!! Joel

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Old 02-25-2003, 02:23 PM
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hydrochloric acid will cause rust and attack the healthy sheet metal, because it is an oxidixing acid, a reducing acid like sulfuric acid of phosphporic acid will reduce the iron oxide to free iron and water (the oxygen bound in the iron oxide reacts with the hydrogen ions (protons) given off by the acid.) and not harm the healthy sheet metal

a 10% solution of sulfuric acid should yield the result you are looking for, you should treat with marshals solution afterwards to prevent further rust.

if you are not chemically inclined just stick with rust-mort or simmilar products..
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thanks!!! this body work is something I would like to leave for the pro's but I want to call this truck my own when Im done. Thanks For your help!!!
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