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 Post subject: Refurbishing ammo boxes
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 16:27 pm 
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Does anyone have any advise on how to easily restore a mildly rusty ammo box? I am not looking to make it good as new just less tatty. I don't have many skills so hoping for an answer as simpl as picking up a can of spray paint, too hopefull?


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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 9:10 am 
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See my topic on electrolysis in this section, that ammobox sounds like a good candidate for that simple technique. ;-)


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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 14:34 pm 
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Fine wire wool does a good job too...depending on how rusty it is.


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lanayca wrote:
Does anyone have any advise on how to easily restore a mildly rusty ammo box? I am not looking to make it good as new just less tatty. I don't have many skills so hoping for an answer as simpl as picking up a can of spray paint, too hopefull?



Hi David.
It all depends on how rusty.

Unless its very pitted a wire wheel on a drill or angle grinder is usually sufficient. If that doesn't do it a flapper wheel on a grinder for more stubborn bits.
Electrolysis is a less work but takes more patience.
There is a method using molasses but I have never tried it, look it up on youtube.

If its very pitted shot blasting is the answer but for most ammo boxes it costs more than the box is worth.
After any of the above give it a coat of paint.
Hope this helps.
Frank

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Electrolysis takes patience but leaves no marks on the metal. It depends on the situation what method is best though.


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