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Old 01-16-2018, 06:25 PM
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I am making a steel wheel for a garden ornament, how can I get it to rust quickly? It’s the look I’m after.
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:24 PM
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Throw it in some water and salt mixed together. Works on all the cars in this part of the world.


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Throw it in some water and salt mixed together. Works on all the cars in this part of the world.


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Will I have to remove the mill bloom first? Rust is not a problem here, I have a pot plant holder out on the back porch that is over 8 years old and barely any rust on it. I am after a rusty patina to make it look “authentic”.
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:50 PM
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Instead of immersing it, make up a salt water solution and put it in a squirt bottle and hose it down every 2 or 3 days.
As Greywynd said, it works on all the cars here.
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I soaked a nasty pair of finger nail clippers in bleach for a couple of days. When I came back to them, they were so rusty that I had to throw them out.


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Salt, bleach and various acids will rust stuff quickly when moisture is present. A little hydrogen peroxide mixed in will increase the oxygen (in a contained space). Various things like calcium chloride or fertilizer will attract moisture and do a number on steel. Chlorides are a bitch.
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Regular vinegar will take the millscale off quickly. After
That sneeze on it and and hour later it’ll be rusty
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Hydrochloric acid will rust the piss out of it. Just an open bowl of it will rust everything within three feet of it. I used to experiment with electroplating and I quit because of that.
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Hydrochloric acid will rust the piss out of it. Just an open bowl of it will rust everything within three feet of it. I used to experiment with electroplating and I quit because of that.
A 50% solution of HCL will remove the mill scale in about an hour. Cheapest way to buy is to buy pool cleaner. Stir it up repeatedly and keep checking on it as it etches. I use this, and there are many high speed rust formulas on the net.
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