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Old 01-06-2006, 01:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

I second the Muriatic acid post. Mix it in a 5 gal bucket and immerse the chains in it for a short while. Check periodically. Thoroughly rinse and oil when done. It will kill grass, so be careful where you rinse them. Cheap and quick. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/warmsmile.gif[/img]
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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

Just take the damn things for a drag behind your pickup. run em down a sandy dirt road, or through a field. Forget soaking and spraying and and and lol. You drag em for 5-10 minutes and theyll be shiny new looking.
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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

5# of Citric Acid...WOW...I just paid $17.50 for 1# and had to have Kroger Pharmacy order it for me so I could clean my under the bar ice maker.

Soooo...since I live in Texas and you live in Louisiana...can you tell me where I might be able to buy Citric acid just a bit cheaper than $17.50 per pound? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

I dont know about citric acid,,the muratic acid it not that expensive I dont think,, Used for cleaning concrete drives and such...
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I dont know about citric acid,,the muratic acid it not that expensive I dont think,, Used for cleaning concrete drives and such...

[/ QUOTE ]Its used in pools too. So go to the pool section of the Walmart or a pool supply place and they will probably have the best deal on it. It comes in gallon jugs just like milk jugs
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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

Not trying to do a thread jack here getting off the tire chain subject and onto citric or muratic acid subject...
I wish I could find something cheaper to clean my icemaker with but there is a warning about using muratic acid in it. Citric acid is the cheapest approved item I have found. But again, $17.50 per pound is not all that cheap.
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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

Whats wrong with White Vinegar? Thats what they use to clean coffee makers with.
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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

Only thing I could think of is trying to get the scent out of the ice maker machine after running it for a couple of hours with it in there. Not sure how long it would take and doubt you would want to use the first day or so ice production. I clean the ice maker just about every month but only use citric acid every 9-12 months to clean the lime deposit from the machine. So the cost of the citric acid does not mount up that much over the course of time. However, I would probably do the citric acid treatment much more often if it were not as expensive. Basically I clean it pretty much according to the schedule that came with the ice maker.
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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

Wow! I need to get out of industrial cleaning chemicals and into citric acid repackaging!!!! You don't want to know what I pay for Citric Acid in 50# bags... and I'm not even buying in volume!

I get to Houston from time to time... will do so in the next month. Drop me a line if you want me to bring you a few pounds.

As for HCl, I do a lot of work on stainless steel so I don't use HCl. The chlorides really screw up stainless steel. Also, HCl doesn't know when to quit. Citric is slower and really only goes for the rust, not the base metal.

OK... I admit it... real reason... I'm a safety sissy. I really, really, really hate corrosive chemicals. From HCl Acid to Castrol's Super Clean degreaser, I don't like extreme pH ranges. I partially neutralize my Citric to 3.5pH making it essentially non-reactive to the base metal but great on rust. And, it only stings if I have an open cut on my hands.

Yeah, I'm one of those guys who wears safety glasses in my own shop. I even have an eye wash station. I admit it.

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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

Is their a beach near?If so put em on and go for a run.
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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

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Wow! I need to get out of industrial cleaning chemicals and into citric acid repackaging!!!! You don't want to know what I pay for Citric Acid in 50# bags... and I'm not even buying in volume!

I get to Houston from time to time... will do so in the next month. Drop me a line if you want me to bring you a few pounds.

As for HCl, I do a lot of work on stainless steel so I don't use HCl. The chlorides really screw up stainless steel. Also, HCl doesn't know when to quit. Citric is slower and really only goes for the rust, not the base metal.

OK... I admit it... real reason... I'm a safety sissy. I really, really, really hate corrosive chemicals. From HCl Acid to Castrol's Super Clean degreaser, I don't like extreme pH ranges. I partially neutralize my Citric to 3.5pH making it essentially non-reactive to the base metal but great on rust. And, it only stings if I have an open cut on my hands.

Yeah, I'm one of those guys who wears safety glasses in my own shop. I even have an eye wash station. I admit it.

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I hauled a load of Citric Acid powder way back when. They came in these huge 500 lbs bags. Took them to Vicks where they make the Vitamin C Orange Drops. Apparently the citric acid doesnt come from oranges, it came from potatos [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Just take the damn things for a drag behind your pickup. run em down a sandy dirt road, or through a field. Forget soaking and spraying and and and lol. You drag em for 5-10 minutes and theyll be shiny new looking.

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What he said. 5 minutes in the dirt, no harm done, no money wasted.
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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

Here is my favorite method. Only used it once on a small part, but should work great for your chains.

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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

I use a cement mixer with a few shovels of ABC and let run for a few hours. Works great. Just do one at a time to minimize the tangle.

Or, put them on and drive in the sand.
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Re: How to clean up rusted tire chains?

You know guys, I was expecting to get a lot of smart*** ribbing over this but there is some great info here and not for just chains. Thanks for some great advice.
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