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Corrosion Removal on BCD Grommets

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by Lostdiver71, Aug 20, 2020.

  1. Lostdiver71

    Lostdiver71 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I picked up a used Hollis BCD in good condition, the only problem is the metal grommets above the pockets are corroded. Does anyone know a good way to clean up the corrosion without damaging the BCD or should I try to take it to a marine canvas shop to see if they can replace them? IMG_0735.jpeg
     
  2. grantctobin

    grantctobin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Best bet cutting out and replacing. White vinegar can help w the verdigris but doubt you get them too clean.
     
  3. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My plan would be:

    1) Soak the grommets (not the whole BCD) in plain old household white vinegar for a little bit.
    2) Wipe it down to mechanically remove what you can.
    3) Repeat 1 & 2 until you are satisfied or convinced it isn't going to work.
    4) Soak it in a little baking soda and water to neutralize.
    5) Soak in water.

    Once the plating is gone, it is just going to reappear.
    If they are steel, a rust converter might help to passivate the surface after they are cleaned up.
    Car-wax and good rinsing may help to slow it too.
     
  4. Lostdiver71

    Lostdiver71 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Thanks, I don't know why I didn't think of vinegar. I will try that.
     

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