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Build a Long rust removal Bath for under 10

Ice cream tubs are great for making Baths for de-rusting small items but what can I do with these. They are the front Stiffening bars from the underside of my R170. I know only the exhaust man will see them but I hate the red stuff.

I decided to remove them and de-rust them. All you need is a T50 male and the power of grey skull and they are off the car. It took my 600mm breaker bar to loosen them. And a quick prey to the man upstairs that they wouldn't shear off.

Pic 1. The front bars off the car.

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Pic 2. All you need to make a long bath. A length of square guttering and two stop ends. Assemble them and fill with water to prove no leaks. Water is cheaper to loose than rust remover.

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Pic 3. The two bars fit perfectly for width.

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Pic 5. Bath full and fizzing.

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Pic 4. I'm Using Bilthamber Deox C. works well. Metal rescue would be the choice if I was State side.

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Pic 5. After an hour lots of rust has already been dissolved.

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Once clean I will coat in rust neutralizer and then Zinc Prime and Paint. Then onto the two rear ones.

Hope you find this useful.

Keep safe

Mike
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Nice idea !!
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Looking forward to seeing the finished product

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THIS IS WHAT I NEED for the rear. I don't know if they are interchangeable either but anyways this pic has what I need but for the rear. King Jeffries?
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Ice cream tubs are great for making Baths for de-rusting small items but what can I do with these. They are the front Stiffening bars from the underside of my R170. I know only the exhaust man will see them but I hate the red stuff.

I decided to remove them and de-rust them. All you need is a T50 male and the power of grey skull and they are off the car. It took my 600mm breaker bar to loosen them. And a quick prey to the man upstairs that they wouldn't shear off.

Pic 1. The front bars off the car.

Attachment 40593

Pic 2. All you need to make a long bath. A length of square guttering and two stop ends. Assemble them and fill with water to prove no leaks. Water is cheaper to loose than rust remover.

Attachment 40601

Pic 3. The two bars fit perfectly for width.

Attachment 40609

Pic 5. Bath full and fizzing.

Attachment 40617

Pic 4. I'm Using Bilthamber Deox C. works well. Metal rescue would be the choice if I was State side.

Attachment 40625

Pic 5. After an hour lots of rust has already been dissolved.

Attachment 40633

Once clean I will coat in rust neutralizer and then Zinc Prime and Paint. Then onto the two rear ones.

Hope you find this useful.

Keep safe

Mike
Hi Mike, another solution to the rust problem is to use electrolysis to convert it back to metal, the electrolyte is made up with washing soda and water, use some six inch nails or a piece of scrap for the anode + side and connect the parts to be de-rusted to the - side. A battery charger can be used to supply the current, its used a lot to de rust the inside of classic motorcycle petrol tanks but should work equally well in your bath.

Regards Stuart
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Is stiffening bars the correct name?
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