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Username Post: Call for ideas - removing body rust (entire body) on panel truck        (Topic#347428)
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09-30-17 08:19 PM - Post#2709333    

I'm hoping to get some alternative ideas to removing body rust from a 54 chevy panel truck. This was a barn find; the entire body is covered with rust. Some spots are thinly covered whereas some spots have been eaten through. Is there any method available, with the exception of snadblasting or bead blasting, that is effective against removing or chemically changing this much rust effectively? To be clear, i want an alternative method to bead or sand blasting for the purpose of removing rust. Any ideas?

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10-18-17 06:35 PM - Post#2711297    
    In response to a33nitsuj

Justin, soda blasting might be the best alternative for your situation. Baking soda is the media.


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10-20-17 12:36 PM - Post#2711500    
    In response to Jalapeno

Baking soda is great at removing paint but will only remove light rust. There other adbrasives that are the best for removing rust. Other than blasting your other option is machically stripping the rust with a rust stripping wheels or chemicals. You can get the vehicle chemically dipped (not an option where I live) that would work or you can try removing it yourself. I done that with phosphoric acid mixed with 50% water. You can get it at home depot or Lowes.

Here is a pic of a hood I stripped machanically.

Here is a frame I derusted with it.

Question? Why don't you want to get the body blasted? Here is a pic of how my cab came back after media blasting. Blasted with the right media

My Chevy Truck Project

Edited by BAM55 on 10-20-17 12:39 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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10-23-17 05:04 AM - Post#2711784    
    In response to BAM55

Hi Guys, large flat panel vans are very sensitive to media blasting causing panel distortion. A full body dip does not involve blasting, however it does require a thorough follow up rinse and then a spray with a phosphoric acid based sealer.
It should remove all old paint and all rust. Sometimes what you get back can be heart braking as what you thought was mild rust turns out to be like Swiss cheese and was full of filler.

Cheers Kiwi

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