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Old 09-28-2019, 07:47 PM
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Default Tension rods, cleaning, rust, soaking

Hi - Iíll bet somewhere on this forum there is an long thread about things to use to soak lightly rusted, dirty tension rods.
Vinegar?
Coke (regular)?
Lemon juice? With salt?

Iíve picked up the idea of a final wash with Dawn, and then Iíll be running the rod through a tap.
I donít think theyíre bad enough to merit the steel wool in a vise, then a drill.

Direct me to the thread please? (Iím not having much luck with my Ďsearchí inquiry)

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Old 09-29-2019, 05:36 AM
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I like the product, Evaporust for smaller pieces of hardware simply because it works! Soak the t-rods over night and they'll be rust free in the morning!
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Old 09-29-2019, 08:50 AM
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That sounds good - a quick review of online sources looks like the smallest bottle available is a quart.
True, it doesn’t cost a lot, but it’s more than I need.
Thanks!
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Old 09-29-2019, 10:16 AM
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Default Re: Tension rods, cleaning, rust, soaking

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Hi - Iíll bet somewhere on this forum there is an long thread about things to use to soak lightly rusted, dirty tension rods.
Vinegar?
Coke (regular)?
Lemon juice? With salt?

Iíve picked up the idea of a final wash with Dawn, and then Iíll be running the rod through a tap.
I donít think theyíre bad enough to merit the steel wool in a vise, then a drill.

Direct me to the thread please? (Iím not having much luck with my Ďsearchí inquiry)

An issue you will face is the T-rods are plated too and rust will return on the tool marks and pits in the Chrome plating. Car wax after cleaning helps slow that a lot.

Although expensive Stainless steel rods are the way to go. If I could afford it, that's what I would do to mine.
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Old 09-29-2019, 02:17 PM
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+1 on Evaporust. It's reusable for a while which is great. Soak the rods for a day, rinse them off and then you can pour the Evaporust back into its bottle (I strain it through a coffee filter). It'll last you a long time. Great if you're doing a lot of drums.

You can also use it to soak lugs, springs, swivel nuts.
You can even soak paper towels in it and then place those paper towels over larger things like rims to remove rust. It's really a miracle product.
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Old 09-29-2019, 04:56 PM
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Sounds like Evaporust is planA!
And, yep, I would often just replace them. But these have a different profile than new ones. The ‘heads’ are a little taller.
So yes, waxing the threads sounds like a great idea.
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:14 AM
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For badly rusted rods I use Dawn soak for a day or two. When removing, use a toothbrush to clean out the threads. Then let dry and polish. I only chase the threads of theyíre damaged as this will remove the plating.
I have run into stubborn rust in the threads. For this I break out the Dremel with a brass wheel bit. Use goggles, but this removes the pesky stuff.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:23 AM
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When you talk about the Dawn soak, is it diluted with water? Or is it just Dawn?
I assume it’s a solution, but maybe it ain’t?
I did use Evaporust, and the rods came clean but dull. Getting them to shine is a different challenge.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:40 PM
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When you talk about the Dawn soak, is it diluted with water? Or is it just Dawn?
I assume itís a solution, but maybe it ainít?
I did use Evaporust, and the rods came clean but dull. Getting them to shine is a different challenge.
With water! Think about mixing a sink to do dishes. Use about 4x the amount of Dawn for parts. I go heavy.
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:03 PM
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Thatís what I thought! And I tend to put in a lot, too, especially considering not much water/depth is needed.
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