Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: El Dorado, AR
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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.
2002 F-250 Lariat, PSD, CC, short bed, 3.73, auto tranny, Line-X bed liner, AFE Filter, HX crossover, intake heater delete, Evans NGC+, Dieselsite 203 thermostat, coolant filter, Amsoil by-pass filter, Schaeffer's synthetic blend tranny fluid, Bob Riley's tranny filter, Velvet Ride shackles, Rancho 9000 shocks with in-cab adjustment, 60 gallon aux tank for burning heated WVO, burning veggie since fall of '04.