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How can I speed up RUSTING STEEL?

  1. Nov 9, 2011 #1
    I want to make a sheet of 1/4" steel rust through completely in a short amount
    of time (2-3 weeks).

    What is the best way to accomplish this, if possible?
     
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  3. Nov 9, 2011 #2
    add high heat and moisture. Simplest way to speed up oxidization.
     
  4. Nov 9, 2011 #3

    Borek

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    Sprinkle it with salt solution.
     
  5. Nov 9, 2011 #4

    phinds

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    high heat, salt, and coca cola for the moisture (there's probably some commercially available acid that will speed it up even more, although that might not count as rusting)
     
  6. Nov 9, 2011 #5
    So a torch it, wet it with water, and/or salt and an acid, and repeat?

    That will continue to oxidize and eat thru that much steel?
     
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  8. Nov 9, 2011 #7

    Borek

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    I wonder what your plan is...
     
  9. Nov 9, 2011 #8
    whatever it is, if he can make watching metal rust interesting, he has succeeded

    samadams, you might find this useful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rust" [Broken]
     
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  10. Nov 9, 2011 #9
    I'm beginning to believe that deep rust can't happen overnight,
    as I'm only seeing surface rust with the different things I've tried.

    But a strong acid, like hydrochloric or sulfuric would eat thru the metal
    rather quickly?
     
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