200A and 202 reproduction
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in stock.

JosephDurham
Getting ready to tear apart a 228 and fully clean everything from the fount to the globe. I have seen a lot of people talk about using citric acid. How much water to acid are you using?

Thank you!

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

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johneliot
I use a tablespoon per gallon of hot water.

John

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JosephDurham
Thank you! 

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

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Recoil
I have always used just vinegar.  I am about to buy some evaporust but was wondering peoples ipiniin on evapo vs vinegar vs citric solution
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Tgarner01
Recoil wrote:
I have always used just vinegar.  I am about to buy some evaporust but was wondering peoples ipiniin on evapo vs vinegar vs citric solution

I like evapo rust for items I wish to save the original plating on mostly burner frames. If they are already mostly rusted I just soak them in citric acid (this will not only remove rust, but the original plating also). I've never had good results with vinegar... Maybe I'm impatient, or I mix my citric stronger but it seems for the most part cleaning brass is about an hour and done. Plus it's cheap! 
Toby Garner
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Chucker
What John said. Just keep any nickel away from the citric. I've had citric peel the nickel within 15 minutes before. Having said that, I will at times use citric and 0000 fine steel wool to clean up nickel but very carefully. 
Chuck
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Vintageish
I have outdated citric acid left over from winemaking , so use a generous tablespoon per coffee tub.
A deeper container would be better if not tended , to avoid contrasts between exposure times.
I just flipped it over after about 45 minutes on the last frame /burner assembly on the 242. (It wasn't too bad to start with..And I was not shooting for bare metal except the air tubes.)
Purty colors. Well , cept'n maybe that brown when it's on fire...
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JosephDurham
Was very pleased with the results of the citric acid. May try vinegar next time. 

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

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hikerduane
Evaporust will remove paint also, so be careful.  I use vinegar on my brass stoves, parts.
Duane
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Chucker
Vinegar works. Down side? It stinks and takes longer than citric. 
Chuck
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JosephDurham
Chucker wrote:
Vinegar works. Down side? It stinks and takes longer than citric. 


Thats what I thought I had read. 

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

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TwoCanoes
I use a generous tablespoon of citric acid per gallon of water. Much prefer citric acid over vinegar.   I save Evaporust for the really tough jobs
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JosephDurham
TwoCanoes wrote:
I use a generous tablespoon of citric acid per gallon of water. Much prefer citric acid over vinegar.   I save Evaporust for the really tough jobs


I think, for the time being, I stay clear of evaporust. I don’t want to run the risk of damaging the paint.   

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

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JimL
I too follow the guideline of roughly a tablespoon per gallon.  For founts, I heat it up close to boiling and fill the fount.  This removes rust as well as old fuel residue.  If adding BB’s, it’ll be a couple of hours before you’ll be picking up and shaking the fount.  I’ve used vinegar/water mix at 50/50 and find it works the same as citric, but if doing this indoors, you’d better adore the smell of vinegar because that’s all you be smelling anywhere indoors.
Keep either acid away from nickel plated parts, such as the air tube on a 200A, or it will remove that too.
When done, rinse and dry your parts immediately to avoid flash rust.

I had bought evaporust to try and one of the reasons was that folks stated that parts wouldn’t flash rust.  Well they do, so keep that in mind and clean and dry as quickly as possible when done, the same as you would with citric or vinegar.

-Jim

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curtludwig
The cool thing about citric acid is that you can mix it as strong as you want. I've gone so far as to keep adding crystals to hot water until it wouldn't dissolve anymore.
Its also way cheaper than vinegar, 5# of citric acid cost me $20 and has lasted 8 years. I broke the 5# bag down into ziplock sandwich bags so a leak in one wouldn't result in wasted crystals. I stored the bag in big coffee cans, it worked well, I'll do it again next time I buy which might be next year.

Since its cheap I don't mind using a couple gallons to soak a whole wickie lantern...
Curt

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SteveRetherford
ya , there is no wrong mix , the weaker it is the slower it goes , stronger is faster . if new to this dont go to fast or it can get ahead of you .
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JosephDurham
Thank you everyone. 

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

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BSAGuy
I am with Curt.  Pout it on (in).  The stronger the better.
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mgmlvks
General use - hot tap water (or microwave some boiling water to add to hot tap water) and 1 (or 2) tablespoon per gallon. 

Really nasty/rusty stuff - as much as 4 per gallon and boil on the HGP, as much as an hour.  Check often.
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Zulu Kono
The juice of one whole lemon per gallon of ice tea.
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JosephDurham
Zulu Kono wrote:
The juice of one whole lemon per gallon of ice tea.


That just ruins the tea. Lol

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

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