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Re: Lock on rolltop desk

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-97.rconnect.com)
Date: 7/22/2 02:03

In Response To: Re: Lock on rolltop desk (Jim Cole)

If that dosn't do the trick soak the lock in some oxalic acid, it degrades rust without damaging the brass plate. When used for brief periods, say four hours. If somthing is really rusted suspend it in a bucket of water with a copper wire. Using a battery charger, put the negative clip onto the wire and the posetive clip on the bucket. Plug in the charger and leave it over night, you should see considerable less rust. If things are too rusted this may cause them to degrade, as the rust is all that is holding them together. Any way it's a fun experiment, and works great on old tools that need restoration when you don't want grinder marks.

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