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Electrolysis question, need advice


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Old 03-17-2005, 07:19:35 AM
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I am about to try my hand at electrolysis on a badly frozen Maytag cylinder and piston in an attempt to free the piston. My question is this will the process harm the bronze connecting rod as this is the part I am trying to salvage? Any advice you guys can give will be greatly appreciated, thanks to all.
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Default Re: Electrolysis question, need advice

Just yesterday I pulled out an assembly for an F-M water pump that had a brass rod. Did not see any ill effects on the brass which is a brother to bronze. I'd go ahead and try it. Maybe check it 5 minutes later and increase the interval as time goes on.

I've read where electrolysis only works on ferrous metals.

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Default Re: Electrolysis question, need advice

As long as you hook it up the right way you can use this process on any metallic part. I have cleaned iron,steel,bronze,brass,die cast,copper,etc. This is the same process that treasure hunters use to clean gold and silver. I use 316 stainless anodes. They last for ever and the corrosion from the parts being cleaned just sinks to the bottom of the tank. I just purchased 3x3x7 Ft.stainless tank and I am going to try using the whole tank as an anode to clean very large parts. I use old computer power packs to power my cleaners. They are cheap and usually have a 3 volt output and high amps which seems to work better then higher voltage.
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I just purchased 3x3x7 Ft.stainless tank and I am going to try using the whole tank as an anode to clean very large parts. I use old computer power packs to power my cleaners. They are cheap and usually have a 3 volt output and high amps which seems to work better then higher voltage.
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Dan:

I had a 50 gallon stainless steel photographic stop bath tank, complete with the pump, etc. I thought it would be nice to use the entire tank as a cathode.

Pretty quickly, I was warned-off of this idea because in the electrolysis process, the chrome comes out of the stainless steel and goes into solution as a dangerous chemical.

BTW, while I used my SS tank, it worked fine but did get a yellow (chrome) something-or-other crud on the electrolyte. Too bad. it worked fast, too.

Take care - Elden
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