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Re: Acid wash or Picklex

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As I have said many times before, Picklex 20, if whatever you are painting is down to bare metal. It is used as a protectant, or for minor rust conversion. If you are going to sand and paint right away, you don't need anything, as long as you have mechanically gotten rid of the rust in the pits. I live in a dry climate and have no need for anything. However we have had about 3.5 inches of rain in the last month, humidity has been unusally high. I have two 38 inch rims I sand blasted about 2 months ago sitting against my overhead door, where humid air and any moisture can get inside. There is no rust at all on those rims or on any of the other parts I blasted sitting on shelves. I get flash rust instantly if outside, but none inside. You need to be careful and take care of your bare metal, but it is not an emergency unless you have to let it sit for a long period of time. In a 24 hour a day humid climate what I do may not work. If you use Picklex 20, there is no need for anything stronger, and you do not need to wash it off. Prior to painting just scuff off any white residue followed by wax and grease remover, it works every time. BUT, if you cannot get rust mechanically out of the pits, you still use Picklex 20 and then use the scuffing and wax and grease remover. No need at all for acid wash, Picklex replaces that and works just as good. Picklex is expensive, but does not need to applied heavily and a little goes a long way.

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