Rust removal revisited

Some folks may remember my mention of a product that I’m absolutely nuts over. When I work on the Buick and the Pontiac, I often find rust. With cars that have spent their lives outdoors and on snow covered roads, rust is an inevitability and as everyone knows it’s a cancer and can be extremely hard to remove without cutting. I discovered a bottle of EvapoRust at the local Canadian Tire and bought it on a whim just to see what it can do. After discovering that this stuff does EXACTLY what it claims it can do, I make sure that there is always a bottle of it in the garage.

After my last post here “Rust Removal At It’s Easiest” I thought it would be worthwhile to illustrate just how well this stuff works so no one has to take my word for it. The pictures below show it all.

The seat frames on my Buick Roadmaster were very badly rusted. I had hoped to sand them a bit and repaint them. Once I got the seats out it became pretty obvious that some sanding and painting just weren’t going to do the job. After removing the carpeting and finding several holes in the floor pans I had to take the Buick into the shop to have them repaired. That left me with some time to work on these seat frames. I dismantled the seat frame and removed one rail. I figured doing them one at a time would let me show the comparison photos, and I could also use the untouched rail as a template in case I couldn’t remember how to get it back together again. The rust was bad enough that some scaling had started on the rail frames. Just to avoid cluttering up my EvapoRust with debris I went over the whole frame with a wire brush. This was really just a light brushing and I didn’t have to put much work into it at all. For good measure I also wiped the whole thing down with Releasall degreaser to avoid getting oil and grease in my EvapoRust. Neither of these things were really necessary, but EvapoRust can be reused for quite a while as long as it doesn’t become too contaminated.

Below you can see some side by side photos of the frame rail that has soaked in EvapoRust and the rail that is still waiting to be done. These photos say more than I ever could.

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