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Just wanted to try this for myself...VINEGAR BATH...***UPDATE May 27th***

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 3wLarry, May 15, 2011.

  1. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    With everyone raving about how well vinegar works, I thought I'd try a controlled study...(I have no life)

    I've got a damn-near-perfect '35 wire wheel that has a lot of surface rust, but no pitting, and a totally fugged hubcap

    Went to Atwoods and bought a 15 gallon plastic Stock Feeder...$21

    Went to the store and bought all the vinegar they had...9 gallons...$25 (everyone looked at me kinda funny)

    Took before pics to show actual condition of the wheel and hubcap

    Covered it up and used a traditional cover weight...1936 Ford rear spring

    I'll check it every 24 hours and give updates on its progress...(I need a life)

    Does anyone know how long this should take?

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: May 27, 2011
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  2. Traditional cover weight, gotta love Larry :cool:
  3. I'll be watching the outcome here as I've got some valve covers and other small items I want to try. BTW: for less than $10 you can get a plastic tote from one of the Dollar stores, and it comes with a cover at no additional charge. :D :cool:
  4. rusty76
    Joined: Jun 8, 2009
    Posts: 882

    from Midway NC

    I'm also interrested in seeing how this turns out.

  5. Oh boy I can hardly wait for the ending....I have 2 - 1935 wheels in slightly better condition that I DO NOT want to sandblast all those spokes.....I hope this works.....
    popcorn anyone?
  6. Dakota
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 1,535

    from Beulah, ND

    You should set it up for electrolosis tank... would be faster hahaha
  7. 1955 LEDSLED
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 151

    1955 LEDSLED
    from LONG BEACH

    you have my attention. i will be checking back in to see the results.
  8. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    anyone know if this controlled study project would be eligible for gov't funding?
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  9. This will be fun to watch , results should be interesting.
  10. d.reese
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  11. Flat-Foot
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 1,707

    from Locust NC

    This is a very cool thread idea. I will be watching for sure.
  12. swimeasy
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,067


    I heard that it works faster if ya throw a few crutons in the mix!!
  13. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
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    I'm betting 5-7 days to get it as clean as you'd want. Take it out once a day and scrub it lightly with a wire brush to knock the big chunks off and it'll help. I did this to an A grille shell about 8 months ago and it worked great.

    Although I found just how pitted and shitty my grille shell was under all that flakey chrome! :(
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  15. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
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    from Michigan

    ...... And some clams.. LOL
  16. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
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    from Owasso, Ok

    patience grasshopper...
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  17. Jimbo17
    Joined: Aug 19, 2008
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    Well so far we have a whole bunch of guys who are car crazy and all of them are watching to see if this works.

    I guess this is what you do when you get old and car crazy it's amassing the things we all do this because of our love for old cars.

    Just kidding this is really a cool test to see how well it works.

  18. Vinegar also workes excellent on glass items,(int., tail and headlight lenses). Brass too. Submerse and leave for a week.
  19. Ya, Didn't ya know Larry? Obama is giving out free money out his secret stash(and ours) to any non essential program or project. This should most definitly qualify. But only if you "promise" to vote for him again.
  20. kornbinder
    Joined: Oct 19, 2005
    Posts: 514

    from Sonora, CA

    Shish, I can’t believe this. A bunch of guys sitting around a bucket of vinegar watching rust fall off a wheel. Uh, I’ll have another beer if you don’t mind.:rolleyes:
  21. 34hemipu
    Joined: Jan 12, 2006
    Posts: 145


    Personally , I hate to say it , but I would have kept that coupe. Just sayin.
  22. From my experience, I would say about 5 to 7 days. The warmer the better! Microbs work better in the heat. Sams has a good buy on vinegar, 2 gallons for about 3.00 if you have one near you.
  23. terd ferguson
    Joined: Jun 13, 2008
    Posts: 3,664

    terd ferguson

    Thanks for documenting the process Larry!

    For those of you thinking of using this method, I've read not to use vinegar on cast iron. The acid in vinegar will attack the cast iron faster than other methods. I used phosphoric acid in a similar method as Larry on some rusty cadillac exhaust manifolds with good results. The phosphoric acid attacks the cast iron much more slowly than vinegar. It also leaves a dark protective coating on the cast iron.
  24. A REAL Scientist would have done the test a week ago,took pic's,THEN do a thread! Instead of starting the thread the same day as the experiment,hahaha! COME ON LARRY!!!!!!
  25. 23reotim
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 139

    from arizona

    here is my vinigar results. this was after about a week and a half. does work. dont know if the pitting came from the vinigar or the rust though.

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  26. 3 days should do it....
  27. hillbilly4008
    Joined: Feb 13, 2009
    Posts: 2,917

    from Rome NY

    So after you get the new rust free parts out of the nasty vat of vinegar what steps have to be taken before paint?

    I too hate sand blasting, thats why I definitely will be watching this thread.
  28. too bad you couldnt set up a live streaming webcam so we could see the vinigar in action
  29. I'm glad someone took the bull by the horns. I was thinking of doing the same but on a smaller scale. I will be watching your post with anticipation
  30. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    This will be history in the making won't want to miss it
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