The New England M.G. ‘T’ Register has a long history of providing its members with advice and technical expertise on the restoration and maintenance of our special cars. We present some of our favorite technical articles and tips here for members and visitors alike.
Back in the June issue we printed an article by Bobb Grunau entitled "Alternative Processes For Paint and Rust Removal". In an editorial comment following the article I stated that Redi-Strip, a well known nationwide chain, used the inhibited acid rust removal process described by Bob. Shortly after, Register member Jerry Fisher, proprietor of Redi-Strip of Pennsylvania, sent a brochure describing the Redi-Strip process.
Seems I was wrong. According to the brochure, Redi-Strip uses an "alkaline electrolytic immersion" process to remove rust from ferrous metals without damaging the metal itself. The solutions used include safe formulations for derusting parts with attachments of rubber, plastic, wood, glass, etc. The process removes no solid metal, and unlike sandblasting it cannot cause stress cracks, etching, warping or embrittlement. The process derusts every pit, crevice and cavity, and even frees frozen threads. A protective residual film remains on the treated surface to prevent new rusting for several months. When the parts are ready for painting, they need only be water-rinsed and dried.
Redi-Strip also has processes to remove almost any type of paint, grease, chemical deposits, tar, gum, glue, resins, plastics, mastics, undercoating, Nylon, Teflon, and rusty, greasy, painted part to Redi-Strip and get it back stripped down to clean, bare metal. They can also apply phosphate treatment or rust-preventive oils to the cleaned surfaces. Redi-Strip has facilities all over the United States. Consult your Yellow Pages for the one nearest you.
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