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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Good, Fast Rust - A Step-by-Step Process

Good, Fast Rust - A Step-by-Step Process


  1. Clean steel with degreaser (like lacquer thinner or denatured alcohol)

  2. Remove all millscale by soaking or spraying with muriatic acid, let sit until millscale rinses off. Repeat as necessary. If there is no millscale, rinse once with muriatic for a good etch. NOTE: You can replace this entire step with sandblasting if you have access to the equipment.

  3. Make sure piece is completely rinsed with clean water.

  4. Wet down entire piece with chlorine bleach, sprinkle lightly with salt, and allow to sit until it dries. Spray the piece with water, but lightly so the dried salt/bleach mixture doesn't rinse off. Just wet the surface down. Let sit overnight.


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