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They look at ya kinda wierd when you buy 15 gallons of vinegar at Wal-mart...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ratroddude, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. Ratroddude
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,027


    Well, I dont know about that , but , I placed the lid on my metal barrel(a union 76 15 gal. barrel) so , I guess it cant get out to do any damage...

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  2. historynw
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 806


    Just tell them curious folks your pickling your car to preserve it.
  3. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
    Posts: 4,950

    from Kansas

    You might line the barrel with a thick trash bag or sit it on something, just incase it cleans the seams of the barrel and then leaks ALL over your floor. Just a thought. I know they sell those GIANT plastic barrels at the local Pepsi Co bottling plant real cheap.

  4. guitar man
    Joined: Sep 13, 2010
    Posts: 210

    guitar man
    from Tulsa OK

    They never look at me funny when I go in to buy that much....but then again, everybody thinks I'm a big douchebag anyway :D :p
  5. Road Runner
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,257

    Road Runner

    An acid resistant plastic container/drum may give faster results and doesn't develop leaks after a while. Acid corrodes any and all metal eventually.
    Always treat the rusted parts with a mild baking soda solution after the acid bath, to neutralize the acid that remains in the metal.

    When buying vinegar look for the acid concentration %, that is sometimes printed on the label. Some brands are more diluted with water than others.
  6. greazhonkey
    Joined: Oct 28, 2006
    Posts: 889


    Nice, make sure and tell them they are organic.
  7. 408 AA/D
    Joined: Jun 15, 2008
    Posts: 177

    408 AA/D

    What I buy is the 5% acidity distilled white vinegar. I thinks the most common white vinegar is 2% acidity. Some stores in this area carry the 5% but others don't.
  8. Slowly we all learn about the almighty vinegar!
  9. Mark T
    Joined: Feb 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,875

    Mark T

    When I was a kid my older brother cleaned wheat pennies in vinegar but he added salt, probably made it more acidic. I bet this would speed up the cleaning process.
  10. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,698

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    I use a $4 WalMart plastic storage tub, snap on lid, easy to store and light weight.

    Pull and wipe down daily to expose new rust. Works great.
  11. Threads like this are why I spend so much time on this site. I had no idead that you could use vinegar for anything other than pickling, stinking, and killing gnats. This will help me out immensely.
  12. wheelkid
    Joined: May 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,204

    Alliance Vendor
    from Fresno, CA

    I've always used swimming pool acid, mixed like 10 to 1 with water. Works in a few hours
  13. This is totally off old wood finisher told me cider vinegar with metal shavings in a container( I used shavings from a brake lathe) let it percolate for a few weeks and drain off the liquid to use as a wood stain. I hand distressed the wood first...A cedar gate I made for a Santa Barbara style home....Stain the wood (I used a small pump sprayer) do not get any on you, and then make a paste of cement/water (like pancake batter) and cover the wood 100%....let dry and rub off with a nylon brush....a lot of work, but the look is old and results may vary......
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  14. bill3337
    Joined: Sep 30, 2007
    Posts: 231


    Is this tank just straight vinegar, no electric current? I've seen it done with electrolysis using phosphates and a battery charger, and met a guy who dipped a whole roadster in a molasses mix in Australia, but never seen this vinegar treatment, I'll be real interested in seeing the final result.
  15. Straight whiskey:)
  16. Big Bad Dad
    Joined: Mar 27, 2009
    Posts: 317

    Big Bad Dad

    I want to repeat what I posted about this on another thread. Do not let the vinegar leak on to a concrete floor and stay. It will eat the top smooth surface away! I now have a 4" rough spot right in the middle of my nice concrete garage floor! :(
  17. fordcragar
    Joined: Dec 28, 2005
    Posts: 3,180

    from Yakima WA.

    It's possible. I always have kept a sheet of plastic over the vinegar to stop any vapors from escaping. Then there is a lid over that.

    I've put items that were too long for my tank; which had a portion of the part sticking up with a sheet of plastic over the whole setup. The vapors would start rust on the portion that was out of the vinegar.
  18. johnod
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 778


    Thats a nice looking finish, in the pics it looks a lot like the finish you't get using a pickling solution from BM. Have you tried that?
  19. What do you do with the vinegar when you're done with it? Is it safe to "pour down the drain"? Do you have to take it somewhere? How many times can you use the vinegar before it's time to swap it out?
  20. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,096


    I use a plastic drum with deluted muratic acid works in minutes
  21. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,924


    Test the vinegar with a PH test strip you can get at garden stores.When the PH changes it's time to dump.You can neutralize it with lime and dump it on your property,or down the drain if you have sewers .Or use it on salads "geez honey,this salad dressing tastes like a hood hinge"
  22. Dan
    Joined: Mar 13, 2001
    Posts: 2,368


    I have some brand new HD clutch plates that got some surface rust on them...can they be soaked safely or does the vinegar attack clutch lining (I have no idea what the lining is made of)....

    on another note, dont use the wifes frying pan to soak small parts, she doesnt like that... :)
  23. I need a tank to park my 53 Ford in B4 I start on the floorboards Some of the rust still feels solid ???
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 1,418

    from Ojai,Ca

    Pour the unwanted vinegar on weeds..
  25. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,859

    Retro Jim

    Vinegar works really good on steel metal parts that rust . I would leave that part in for at least 5 to 7 days but doesn't hurt to check in a few days . Around where I live and I am sure many can get these as well , we have farmers selling the Thick Blue 55 gallons barrels for trash and anything else you could use them for . They are less than $10 and comes with a lid . I am going to get one of those to dip some parts in to clean up . Then if need be , I can always finish it up in the media blasting cabinet .
    Does anyone know which vinegar works best ? White I mean I see some with different things mixed in it or is the cheaper the better stuff to use ?

    Everyone have a Great Thanksgiving !
  26. Ratroddude
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,027


    Well, as you can tell from the pics , I used the cheapest stuff I could find , and was told that it didnt really matter....

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  27. 1941ihkb5
    Joined: Feb 19, 2009
    Posts: 338


    Cool! I've used vinegar to clean the scale out of radiators. But never rust removal!
  28. fitzee
    Joined: Feb 26, 2003
    Posts: 2,862


    Very interesting post. I think a small experiment is in hand with a rusty bolt. Cool post
  29. Jeff J
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
    Posts: 950

    Jeff J

    Should send this to Myth Busters !!
  30. this is no crap story, when I was a wee lad, my mom (she used to hot rod and race 1/4 mile) soaked a clutch disc in vinegar overnight, she said it made it grab better. dunno, but i do know the clutch was installed and abused heartily.

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