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August 12, 2010
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mixed 50 litres (see below) of mollasses (about $35 from a feed & grain store)
with 200 litres of water in a large tank and placed the various panels in
it. It does NOT remove paint, so this must be removed first.
rusting steel on my 1930 Ford Coupe Hotrod
I have made a new
batch of mollasses to remove the rust on the A model cowl I picked up recently.
This time I only
put 25kg of mollasses in the 200 litre tank and it seems to be working fine.
It cost $22.
side cowl and inside fuel tank, after 3 weeks in bath. The sides were VERY badly
encrusted in rust but now they are virtually rust free.
This method is a little slow, taking
up to a week or so for a fairly rusted panel or 2-3 weeks for really bad rust..
About every 2 or 3 days, I remove the panels and scrubbed it with a stiff
nylon brush and then put it back in the mollasses. It really works !!
Here, you can see before and after
the hood side panels.
A kids wading pool
can also be used for the larger panels.
The result is clean, shining
metal which must be well washed down, forced air dryed and then quickly
primed to avoid surface rust forming. So, far, I have used the same Mollasses
mix for over 12 months without any problem.
Fairly obviously, a 1930 steel
body has its fair share of rust. To remove this, there are a number of ways,
including chemical stripping and sandblasting. On a per panel basis, this
is fairly expensive. I have been quoted around $60 to do a mudguard (fender)
for instance. An old time method is to use Mollasses, which is mildly acidic
and is a by product of sugar refining. I had heard of this method and decided
to try it. It does remove aluminium, so take care.