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Cult of Evaporust


By Cheddar

4 years ago



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    Post #6 Example of some legs cleaned with evaporust Posted by Cheddar (4 years ago)

    Post #8 Side by side example photo of evaporust cleaning Posted by futurepinhead (4 years ago)

    Post #22 Links to US vendors who sell evaporust Posted by KenLayton (4 years ago)

    Post #24 Suggestions on step wise process for evaporust Posted by ForceFlow (4 years ago)

    Post #78 Review of 'Metal Rescue' alternative Posted by PhilGreg (3 years ago)

    Post #98 Another set of leg comparison photos Posted by jeffc (3 years ago)


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    #5 4 years ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Yup, I was surprised the first time I used it. Thought I was overpaying at $22/gallon, but the stuff works like magic.

    You can reuse it many times if you pour it through a coffee filter to pull out the rust particles. So in the long run the $22 a gallon price isn't too bad. I've been using the heck out of the Evapo-Rust I have.

    #7 4 years ago

    You can polish the bolts with either Brasso or Turtle Wax Chrome Polish. It's what I use.

    9 months later
    #33 4 years ago

    Evapo-Rust -> Rinse with warm water -> Dry off -> Polish with either Brasso or chrome polish. That's what I do and it works well for me.

    5 months later
    #45 3 years ago
    Quoted from sohchx:

    I get my Evaporust at $9.99 a gallon and $3.99 for 32oz's. Great stuff!!!

    Where can it be bought that cheap? Lowest I've seen was $22.99 for a gallon at O'Reilly's Auto Parts stores.

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    #59 3 years ago
    Quoted from dasvis:

    I'm thinking about using some sort of heat wrap on my PVC tube for Evaporust, as it's cold out in my garage this time of year.
    Has anyone done this, & what type did you use?

    Say, that's a pretty good idea. Some of that electric pipe warming tape/wrap would probably work very well in cold environments.

    1 month later
    #64 3 years ago

    Liquid Lightning? Isn't that a caustic acid drain & sewer cleaner?

    3 months later
    #88 3 years ago

    The main advantage of the tube is that it is very useful for long skinny stuff like legs, habitrail ramps, lockdown bars, lockdown bar receivers (if you've got at least a 4" diameter tube to do it in). You can use any old container to put the Evapo-Rust in and you don't have to use a lid. It's just that the Evapo-Rust is so expensive and it does evaporate if not covered. Plus if you have a snap on lid, you don't have to worry about leaks or spills.

    I have never tried Evapo-Rust in ultrasonic cleaners.

    #99 3 years ago

    Wow, those legs really cleaned up nice!

    #101 3 years ago
    Quoted from stevevt:

    A gallon is currently $15 at Amazon. Good deal?
    amazon.com link »

    If you can get it with free shipping, hell yes, that's a good price!

    1 month later
    #103 3 years ago
    Quoted from comment23:

    What's the re-usability of Evaporust? For example, if I have a piece of 3" pipe that I fill up half way, then drop in some legs, can I do multiple cleanings with the solution? Does it become less effective with multiple cleanings?

    Yes, you can reuse it dozens and dozens of times. After about 100 uses, it will lose effectiveness (takes longer to work) and gets clogged with particles of rust. Pouring it into a coffee filter and into another container then back into your original container will help squeeze more life out of it. Remember, Evapo-Rust should be kept in a container with a lid or else it will ...... evaporate! As you use it you will spill some of it as you pull the legs out. When I start with a fresh 4" diameter tube full of 4 legs, it takes 1.5 gallons of Evapo-Rust to fill it. Eventually as it gets used, the fluid level will go down due to spillage so I replenish with a fresh one quart jug of it.

    It's also temperature sensitive. The warmer the ambient temperature (preferably over 65 degrees), the faster it works. As an example on those 80 degree summer days, I can do a set of 4 legs in just two hours! It does not hurt anything to leave the legs in there for a week or two (or even a month) if you forget about the legs.

    When you pull the legs out, be sure to rinse them off and dry them right away. Now apply some chrome polish and you've got yourself a nice set of legs!

    4 months later
    #112 2 years ago
    Quoted from aobrien5:

    When you put multiple legs in the tube at once, do you need any kind of spacer or anything? Do you put them in in opposite directions?
    kenlayton why do you use a 4" tube rather than a 3"?

    Nope, no spacers.

    I put the legs in opposite directions.

    I use a 4" diameter tube because you can put in four legs at once (a whole set). If you use a 3" tube. you can only fit two legs in it.

    #120 2 years ago
    Quoted from westofrome:

    Was thinking of trying a plastic tube like this one for parts like lockdowns, lockdown receivers, backchannel metal. Seems to be just the right size and see-through so I could watch progress and not risk losing small parts. Would it work?
    amazon.com link »

    Nope, I don't think this would be a good choice. Look at the description:

    "Tube is Water and Light Resistant - It Protects Materials Against Fading"

    It's gonna leak. No where does it say it holds liquids.

    #123 2 years ago
    Quoted from westofrome:

    Where do you guys get your PVC - will a place like Home Depot cut to size for you?

    This post details the PVC items I bought at my local Lowe's Hardware store:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/evapo-rust-24-hour-challenge-1/page/2#post-1352446

    That was to build a 3" diameter tube.

    #125 2 years ago

    Yup, they got the 4" also. It was just at the time I had built a 3" one for a friend. Then later we decided to make a 4" one so we could do more legs at once. Plus the 4" can do a lockdown bar receiver or just the lockdown bar itself (be sure to tie a string or piece of wire to it to pull it out).

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    #134 2 years ago

    Throw those ball gates into a tumbler now and they will look great!

    1 month later
    #142 2 years ago

    Just toss those dark balls into the tumbler and they will shine back up like new. Or you can polish the balls with either Simichrome or Brasso.

    10 months later
    #171 1 year ago

    Leg levelers typically frequently get wet from people mopping the floor. They also get covered in floor wax (on route locations). I have found that levelers which are rusted stuck in the leg threads, leave the legs soak for two weeks in the Evapo-Rust. That generally gets the rust in the threads disolved enough to get the old levelers out.

    For the cost of new levelers, it's better just to throw the old ones away and install new ones after removing the legs from the Evapo-Rust.

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