anyone have any suggestions on rust converters for rusty parts on the body?
also any tips or tricks for getting the rust out of a flexible radiator hose? anything to soak it in that will lift it? thanks in advance
11-08-2009 10:33 PM
About the rusty body part and radiator hose.
If the body parts are large, or not easily removable and small enough to fit into a bucket, Permatex Rust Remover Gel is a nice wipe on and leave ten minutes and wipe off product. Problem is that if the rust is on a chrome part and you use this stuff it will remove the rust but expose the ruined finish. The gel is kinda spendy so a more cost effective solution is 50/50 muriatic acid and water mixture applied to the rusty area and rinsed with water ten minutes. For the radiator hose make a 10% muriatic acid 90% water solution in a bucket and sit the hose in there a little while, maybe 3 or 5 minutes. But careful i' m not sure if the acid will compromise the strength and integrity of the hose material. Be VERY careful with muriatic acid read all cautions on the bottle the fumes are dangerous and you'll want gloves and safety goggles at the least, probably a respirator unless you're outdoors with a little wind.
If you go to a "Tractor Supply", or "Farm and Home Center", or one of the places like that, they sell a product called "Milk Stone Remover". It's used by Dairymen to rinse the calcium film build-up off of the inside of their milk storage tanks. What it is is Phosphoric acid, it comes in gallon plastic jugs, and it will remove rust FAST. I use it to full strength to soak nuts, bolts, radiator hose clamps, rubber parts, etc., etc. 100% safe on any kind of rubber. Costs about $13 A GALLON. If you can get the iron/steel part into it, it WILL take the rust away...right down to the bottom of tiny pits. Unlike any of the other acids, it will not eat the metal at all, only the rust. Much safer than any other acid, but you still need to wear gloves...just to be safe. After the rust is gone, a hit on the wire wheel makes the part look better than new. I've been using it for years, and it's a real life saver on rusty crap...