Electrolysis Information...

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Postby Eunice » Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:59 pm

PresTx82 wrote:The washing soda is harder to find and most households have the baking soda so that's what I used. I don't think there's much of a difference chemically.


researching says the washing soda is more alkaline (same as the pool stuff). Mine has a LOT more gunk on the top of the water and it may be the time it takes. Not sure what you mean when you say "many hours"
http://www.rowand.net/Shop/Tools/Electrolysis.htm
http://www.wag-society.org/Electrolysis/rust_redct_elect_setup.php
here are a couple of links. just google "rust electrolysis" and you can find numerous links. most say to not use baking soda but if it works for you.
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Postby DG TX » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:38 pm

LOTS of cast iron cleaning methods found on this site...
http://www.griswoldandwagner.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl
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Postby Steve_Cox » Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:01 am

Another good old thread with photos worthy of a little CPR :lol:
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Postby Old Virginia Joe » Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:51 pm

Podunkfla wrote:Yep, Dean... I agree this is a great way to clean rusty iron. I've been using it for years to clean old hand planes and other rusty tools I collect. It works great and it's easy. I use a little 10 amp battery charger and a plastic dishpan or 5 gal. bucket. :thumbsup:


I found an old metal handplane while swimming in the crystal clear and shallow waters of the New River near Virginia Tech back in the summer, and it was crusted up at least as bad as the grill lifter the other fellow posted the pic for in this thread. I only know what it is because I collect old tools. Otherwise, the average person would not probably have even known what it was with all the crusting on it. Anyway, is it possible to clean it up with this technique and have anything worth wasting time on? Or should I just toss it in the scrap iron recycling pile? I cannot see any marks on it obviously at this time.
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Postby ironhead » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:03 am

Old Virginia Joe wrote:
I found an old metal handplane while swimming in the crystal clear and shallow waters of the New River near Virginia Tech back in the summer, and it was crusted up at least as bad as the grill lifter the other fellow posted the pic for in this thread. I only know what it is because I collect old tools. Otherwise, the average person would not probably have even known what it was with all the crusting on it. Anyway, is it possible to clean it up with this technique and have anything worth wasting time on? Or should I just toss it in the scrap iron recycling pile? I cannot see any marks on it obviously at this time.
You must have been down at McCoy Falls swimming :thumbsup: I would go ahead and try electro with the hand-plane should work
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Postby Jiminsav » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:54 pm

DO NOT use baking soda..wrong chemical..and do not use a new type battery charger that's automatic..won't come on unless you hook to a battery.
I found the washing soda at Public's here in Florida..and I'm going to use flax seed oil to re-season the pans i bought this weekend..first, i have to take back this modern POS of a charger.

here's a good site i found for the process.
http://sherylcanter.com/wordpress/2010/ ... cast-iron/
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Postby cuyeda » Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:17 am

PresTx82 wrote:The washing soda is harder to find and most households have the baking soda so that's what I used. I don't think there's much of a difference chemically.


baking soda=bicarbonate of soda
Arm and Hammer washing soda has sodium carbonate

I am not an expert, but from what I have read both will work, but the Arm and Hammer product works better for electrolysis.

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Re: Electrolysis Information...

Postby AprilRosyButt » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:13 am

One is sodium carbonate and the other is sodium bicarbonate. You can actually make washing soda from baking soda by baking the baking soda on a cookie sheet. I believe it's 400 degrees for an hour, but I may be wrong on that.
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Re: Electrolysis Information...

Postby Greywolf » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:13 pm

I was able to find washing soda at an Ace Hardware store if you have one near you.
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