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Excited about vinegar to remove water scale, would like more examples

Discussion in 'Research and Development' started by Brian Pasic, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Brian Pasic

    Brian Pasic Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Boston, MA
    I'm so excited about using vinegar to remove water scale, would like more examples... what concentrations are best.

    Does vinegar worsen Buna rubber integrity in any significant way or EPDM material and especially for short exposure purposes, I don't think it will.

    How effective is vinegar solution at removing water scale on metal surfaces and what chemistry would you use for marine equipment.




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  2. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    it's quite effective at removing chrome plating if you leave it on too long in an ultrasonic!

    the usual concentration is 50:50 vinegar to water. After that, I will take the parts out and rinse them off extremely well to get any of the acid off. Hot water is key for this, but you shouldn't do this to any soft/plastic parts
  3. AJ McFinnagain

    AJ McFinnagain Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Where water turns to steam in the summer
    I know of a guy that used it to clean the carbon off his duty M9-92FS. Problem is he left it in too long, thinking more is better, and stripped all the bluing off his gun. Yikes! Glad I didn't have to explain that one to the brass.

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