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Cleaning a manifold

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farmboy

06-10-2000 18:51:17




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I have a WD45 manifold with the internal surfaces covered with pretty bad rust. Is there an effective way I can clean ,at least the intake side, at home?

Thanks for your help
Farmboy




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Phil Auten

06-13-2000 09:10:20




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 Re: cleaning a manifold in reply to farmboy, 06-10-2000 18:51:17  
I recommend electrolysis. All you need is a plastic garbage can, an old lawnmower blade or similar piece of scrap steel and a battery charger of at least 10 Amp capacity. Fill the garbage can with water enough to cover the item being cleaned.
Add Trisodium Phosphate (washing soda, as what most laundry detergents used to be) to get a solution that conducts enough current to be readable on the battery charger's meter. Connect the positive lead to the old lawnmower blade and the negative lead to the manifold. DO NOT LET THE CLIPS FOR THE BATTERY CHARGER TOUCH THE SOLUTION!
The current will eat the clips. Add the soda slowly until the current reaches a couple of amps.
Leave the manifold in the solution for a couple of hours and check it's level of "clean". Leave it longer if necessary. When you remove it from the solution, clean off as much of the black stuff that is on the surface as possible, rinse off all the solution, dry the manifold and paint it immediately to prevent rust. Stove blacking will also work quite well to prevent rust. If you want the manifold to look good after it's been used for a while, you will have to use high temperature paint or reblack it regularly. It's fast, it's cheap and it does not remove any metal from the manifold. How much better can it get?
See the link below for full details.

Phil

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Paul MI WD

06-14-2000 01:04:27




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 Re: Re: cleaning a manifold in reply to Phil Auten, 06-13-2000 09:10:20  
You should measure your water and add one tablespoon of washing soda per gallon. The Negative clip must be in contact with the solution as the object to be cleaned should be submerged. You can use a plastic pot scrubber and soapy water to finish cleaning then rinse with clear water. The speed of cleaning is relatvie to the surface area of the positve anode (keep this clip out of the solution), and the size of the battery charger. 10 amp at least, 30 amp better, 50 is GREAT! Paul MI WD

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ANDY

06-11-2000 05:45:10




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 Re: cleaning a manifold in reply to farmboy, 06-10-2000 18:51:17  
Sandblasting is the fastest...a small wire brush wheel would have a limited effect..hope this helps...Andy



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ron

06-10-2000 19:36:58




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 Re: cleaning a manifold in reply to farmboy, 06-10-2000 18:51:17  
I am not familar with the size of a wd45 mainfold but, I have used this " shaker Method to clean other inside parts. It may work for this.

We use metal objects. the sharper the better, place some metal items Eg. Nuts or small washers
inside the manifold and simply shake the item. The metal objects will strike the sides of the manifold and beat the rust off. You may have to bolt some small pieces or a large piece of metal or wood to block the intake holes while doing this. Do not overfill the manifold as this will prevent the items from being able to move and strike the rust.
Good luck Ron.

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ron

06-10-2000 19:17:35




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 Re: cleaning a manifold in reply to farmboy, 06-10-2000 18:51:17  
I am not familar with the size of a wd45 mainfold but, I have used this " shaker Method to clean other inside parts. It may work for this.

We use metal objects. the sharper the better, place some metal items Eg. Nuts or small washers
inside the manifold and simply shake the item. The metal objects will strike the sides of the manifold and beat the rust off. You may have to bolt some small pieces or a large piece of metal or wood to block the intake holes while doing this. Do not overfill the manifold as this will prevent the items from being able to move and strike the rust.
Good luck Ron.

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