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#1 posted 08-25-2009 03:31 PM

Hokie – a custom fit container for a #8 can be made from Aluminum foil which will minimize the amount of evaporust needed – true, it still costs more than washing soda. but not everyone have a battery charger, cables, and clips which can up the costs.

Ken – I did not find the parts to be sticky at all. I did wash them with soap and water after the evaporust, and sprayed them with WD40 to prevent flash-rust (which you’d do either way even with electrolysis). but after that, they feel just like any other brand new (clean) plane/metal. the results are quite amazing to say the least.

I just checked the link to Davids’ (from the folding ruler show) restoration of the plane (linked above) where he used electrolysis, and the results are far from what I’ve seen in my process using evaporust which seems (at least to me) to be much better.

I would use electrolysis for really big parts for which evaporust just wouldn’t make sense to use – such as Ken’s Table top. but for smaller stuff, it’s just not worth the trouble (to me).

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