[Sca-cooks] Cleaning metal

Saint Phlip phlip at 99main.com
Wed Sep 17 08:33:23 PDT 2008

After the discussion we had here recently about cleaning up cast iron
and other steel objects, some of my mundane smithing friends started
discussing another technique which should work well for those of you
nervous about playing with the electrolysis method (battery charger)
and who aren't in a hurry.

Basicly, you take a bucket, and you fill it with 1 molasses to 10
water, and let the metal soak in that for a couple of weeks.
Apparently, it cleans the metal up well, and at the end of the time,
all you need is some minor scrubbing to finish it up.

Now, I've never used this method, so I can't swear to it from personal
experience, but several of the guys I respect most on that particular
List swore by it. I figure it's certainly work a try, and will likely
be trying it on a project of mine in the next month or so.

Saint Phlip

Heat it up
Hit it hard
Repent as necessary.


It's the smith who makes the tools, not the tools which make the smith.

.I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary
notices I have read with pleasure. -Clarence Darrow

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