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    cable for damascus .

    hello gents i found some lengths of the high tensil steel cable that you can use to make damascus with . the only problem i have its has quiet a build up of rust on it . if i heat and flux enough will it be expelled ?
    i have access to shot blaster now and then would i be better to cut 12" lengths un wrapp it and shot blast. then put back togeather or just heat and flux and hope for the best ?
    i wont know til i cut it how deep the rust has penatrated the bundles i spode .
    there is no sign of any zinc or galvernisation on this and no bitchamin coating either , its from an old quarry crane .
    all the best , matt

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    Re: cable for damascus .

    A degrease pickle will remove the rust if its deep. You would need some thick rubber gloves though that stuff is horrible to skin.

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    Re: cable for damascus .

    thanks what is it , and where do you get it ?
    i think i have seen something similar at machine mart ?
    some one just suggested feric pickle and then run it through the dish washer !!
    got to be worth a try then , il collect it later and see what i can do with it !
    thanks again .

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    Re: cable for damascus .

    Quote Originally Posted by matt,simmons View Post
    thanks what is it , and where do you get it ?
    i think i have seen something similar at machine mart ?
    some one just suggested feric pickle and then run it through the dish washer !!
    got to be worth a try then , il collect it later and see what i can do with it !
    thanks again .
    DISH WASHER!!! hope ya lass doesn't find out!!! Lol
    Good luck Matt
    I'll pm you soon m8, been a while sorry gotta lot on..
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    Re: cable for damascus .

    Any plating specialist will have a pickle mate, it works better warm. Never known a dishwasher rinse but hey might work

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    Re: cable for damascus .

    i think the idea is its close to boiling point and the tablets have caustic soda in them , the idea is it will lift all the grease grim rust and mud !
    il have to use my mums one we dont have a a machine but she works in canbridge all week so i should get away with it ha ha .
    thanks for the input .
    catch you later bri .
    all the best , matt.

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    Re: cable for damascus .

    get it hot, give it lots of flux and when it is warming up keep giving it a good whack over the anvil to knock the crud out, then flux some more!

    Ive degreased it in the past in diesel, but really only to keep the black smoke to a minumum when its heating up.

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    Re: cable for damascus .

    I would degrease and leave it in 20% hydrochloric acid overnight, neutralize and weld it up. First weld should be to twist it up even tighter, i'm told thats the best way to squeeze the flux and and remaining bogies out, and preventing further bogies and flux getting trapped. So maybe weld a bit of inch square to each end to give you something solid to grab with your twisting wrench.
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    Re: cable for damascus .

    good call, thank you gents, i will let you know how i get on.
    all the best Matt.

 

 

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