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How much rust is too much?


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Jabs habs
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Aug 22, 2017, 12:40 AM

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Hi, I recently got this go cart for free but was wondering if it was worth restoring because theres quite a bit of rust. Thanks heaps any info will help

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Hammer Time
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Aug 22, 2017, 1:57 AM

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The frame is totally rusted out in that thing. There is no way to do patch jobs to it. That thing is parts only now.



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Jabs habs
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Aug 23, 2017, 5:47 AM

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do you think the process of electrolisis would work ?


Hammer Time
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Aug 23, 2017, 5:58 AM

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I don't know what extent of electronics you have on that thing but basic ignition and starter circuits can be made pretty easily. If it has any module controlled circuits, you would have to look specifically at those items for corrosion damage.

You might be able to save the engine, transmission and steering but everything would pretty much be rebuilt from the ground up.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 23, 2017, 7:03 AM

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Jabs Hab: You spelled that "electrolisis" and look up changes to hair removal process.
If you controlling electrolysis for metal it's for prevention more than a cure that I know of with marginal results. The web has that all over the place. Not sure what YouTube bull you took the bait from IMO only.
You are NOT going to redo a rusted out item and make it new with this or there wouldn't be a problem ongoing now just flip a switch and it's fixed? Sorry if the wrong direction to the question?
There is such a thing as "sacrificial" metal exchange done electrically almost all is still prevention not a fix. It's routine to use zincs in electrical equipped boats just it's losing the metal (alloys more than steel) or could be a disaster. Once a real disaster happens putting metal back I dare say is a bad joke.


If your project was so special or so rare you wanted all rust/oxidation dead and removed you or I see that done with acid dipping then you painstakingly replace what you see missing. That's not practical in real life that I know of.


Search out "Galvanizing" and how that works for metal. That's also prevention not cure.


For automotive repair I maintain rust is fatal at a given point to deal with at all. Even tiny pin holes are alive with it and start all over again fast and furiously with more exposure at all.


Verify by the "urban lore" of the games and tricks out there that 100% don't work at all others already said just slow it down not repair a thing,


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