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Electrolysis Rust Removal

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Ok so I wanted to try a new method of cleaning up some of my rusty tools. I as many of you, I dont like to wire wheel any of my tools. I wanted to find a way to clean my tools that have rust that didn't require caustic chemicals, tons of scrubbing with wire brushes etc. So I did some Google searching and found that maybe I should try electrolysis? I did some searching on GJ and only found two threads that even mentioned the process..... (maybe I need to work on my searching skills). So I thought i would write a thread and post back my thoughts on using electrolysis as a de-rusting method. You know I had everything this process requires in the garage & kitchen pantry(as most of you guys probably do also). It took me about 15 minutes to throw together a "dunk tank" and get it going. After about 40 minutes to and hour of soak time the results were amazing!

Here is a link to a great website I used for reference on the DIY electrolysis process:

Here are "before" pictures of the wrench I used for testing:

Here are the "after" pictures:

The last step (to clean the remaining black oxide), I need to find a better tray for the lemon juice/soda or hydrochloric acid bath. So I just soaked the box end of the wrench in a small plastic cup of lemon juice I had.

I think next I will purchase a plastic coated cookie cooling rack and use it to set the tools on. That will work a little better than the plastic lid I used.

Here is a quick video I threw together on the crude setup I used. Please excuse the extremely amateurish video. I'm great with DSLR's, but its painfully obvious I'm not too proficient at video or video editing for that matter.

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