How can I speed up RUSTING STEEL?

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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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add high heat and moisture. Simplest way to speed up oxidization.
 
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Sprinkle it with salt solution.
 
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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)
 
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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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I wonder what your plan is...
 
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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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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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