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#1 posted 07-09-2017 09:30 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice.

Chris, what should be the dilution of citric acid? Is it safe to use on brass as well (I have few brass backed saws)? Does it leave any residue on the metal or does it give the bare metal surface? Is there any possibility of damaging the metal?

Brad, I read up a bit about electrolysis and while the method appears gentle on the metal there are some concerns/doubts. Can I use it on brass ? asking because brass is a copper alloy. I use a very small single car garage with no ventilation (once I close the front shutter) as my shop. The hydrogen formation seems a bit worrying if the process takes more than couple of hours & I have to leave the process unattended in my small shop.

Bandit, I don’t mind elbow grease but it would be elbow grease all the way for me :). I am a hobbyist with a very minimal set of tools and don’t own any of the tools you mentioned. I don’t mind the elbow grease but it would be nice if some of the work can be done a bit easier.


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