Author Topic: De rusting a chain and seat rails with electrolysis  (Read 494 times)

Gattopardo

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De rusting a chain and seat rails with electrolysis
« on: January 25, 2019, 09:01:07 pm »
Have a less than 3 miles use chain that is very rusty, as well as seat rails.

Have stuck them in an electrolysis bath wonder what will happen.


Shall we have a guess?

Re: De rusting a chain and seat rails with electrolysis
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2019, 05:33:05 am »
It will snap when you use it. Resulting in you hitting the tarmac. That's my guess.

Re: De rusting a chain and seat rails with electrolysis
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2019, 12:20:09 pm »
the rust on the outside of the chain is presumably what is troubling you, but there could also be rust on the inside of the chain, which would be more of a problem. 

In addition to an increased risk of breaking (could be ideal conditions to promote hydrogen cracking....?) the chain might wear out double-quick having been 'treated'.

The reason the chain went rusty in the first place is some combination of the service conditions (road salt probably) and the lubricant (some crap that is barely OK for summer use I expect). Expect a repeat performance (but even quicker) unless you do something different.

It is an interesting experiment (and I'm keen to hear how it goes) but it is not one that I think I'd spend the time doing.

cheers

Gattopardo

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Re: De rusting a chain and seat rails with electrolysis
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2019, 04:07:40 pm »
The chain was going to go in to the bin, just playing really.

More important to de rust the bolts and other bits.

Re: De rusting a chain and seat rails with electrolysis
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2019, 09:04:21 pm »
iME they de-rust themselves fairly well if they're just oiled and ridden.
Never tell me the odds.

Gattopardo

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Re: De rusting a chain and seat rails with electrolysis
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2019, 09:07:18 pm »
Bit beyond that..

Gattopardo

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Re: De rusting a chain and seat rails with electrolysis
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2019, 07:25:48 pm »
Oh well dug the bits out and the rusty bits aren't that unrusted and the electrodes have disappeared!

So just a rusty chain this time on the the stainless basket and will see what happens