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Rust removal trick(maybe?)

This may be an old trick and if so then sorry for the rant but I needed to remove corrosion on some small aluminum brackets so I poured some Eagle One Mag wheel cleaner(the acid type for rough cast wheels) into a can and dropped them in to soak. This was an old can that had been sitting in the shop for a while and it was quite rusty but after about five minutes I poured out the cleaner to retrieve the parts and the rust in the can was gone, I mean GONE! Have any of you guys used this stuff for this purpose? I then tried it on some rusty sheet metal and found it works a LOT better and faster than any of the gel type removers I have tried. I am not saying that if you spray it on heavy rust that the rust will magically disappear but flash rust is gone instantly and I completely removed some heavier rust with help from a wire brush. Maybe there is some reason not to use this stuff on steel body parts but it sure seems to work good.


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Thanks for the tip. I wound up with two spray bottles of that stuff and I don't even have any mag wheels!
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What's in it? Phosphoric acid?
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Mostly that and some hydrofluoric.(sp?)
It's the same stuff we use on A/C condenser coils for brightening. It's pink in color or the Alumabrite which is clear. Either will do a good job for this. They will not cut grease or crud at all but on corrosion or oxidation do fine.
Something we noticed was the gal. jugs we got were clear and if allowed to set in sunlight would weaken their strength over a short time.
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Mag wheel cleaner also cleans up aluminum intake manifolds too....gets rid of those pesky gas stains..........
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