Removing Rust with Electrolysis

Duration: 3:28

George Vondriska shows you a unique technique for rust removal on your woodworking tools. Make sure to check out the corresponding article “Removing Rust with Electrolysis”! A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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5 Responses to “Removing Rust with Electrolysis”
  1. Roger

    I have several steel wire fan covers removed from an old cooler. I’ve tried using the electrolysis method you’ve described in a 30 gal. plastic container and after 48 hours still have rust and paint on the steel. Is the size of my container an issue? Do i need more than 2 amp from my charger? Any help will be appreciated.

    • WWGOA Team
      WWGOA Team

      Let’s look at the set up first. You’re using a plastic tub. Are you installing anodes? If so, it’s possible that 2 amps just isn’t enough oomph to “charge” 30 gal of water. This is more of an art than a science, but I suspect that you need more than 2 amps.

  2. Robert Gearon
    Robert Gearon

    If you use Electrolysis to remove rust and this is strongly recommended,
    Do it outside, the reason is your breakin down water into its basic elements that’s what the bubbles are
    so your busting the atoms of water into Hydrogen and oxygen ones a explosive gas the other is a gas that helps flames burn.
    If you do this in an enclosed space near an open flame it could burst into flame or flash over.
    Also you should not be breathing hydrogen and too much oxygen will make you pass out.
    This should only be done outside.

    **Caution** Hydrogen gas reacts explosively with oxygen (in the presence of heat) to produce water vapor. Take Michael Sullivan’s advise seriously about shutting down the power before adjusting/removing the electrodes.

    If you are using electrolysis to remove rust…and have a considerable broth of bubbles…be very cautious. That broth is not the place to discard a glowing cigarette ember, lit match…or any other spark. Be warned…!!

    Read safety first.

    Doing this inside a wood shop might not be the best idea.

  3. bobbg

    Look at the webpage and read the safety.
    Doing this inside might not be a good idea and keep far away from Sparks or flames.