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Old 09-26-2010, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default Another keggle rust thread.

Hi Gang,

Need some help here.

I recently had a buddy weld some couplings on my keggles. He used stainless wire, back gassed, and used 100% Argon. They are welded from the outside only.

I have scrubbed the welds 3 times, with barkeepers friend paste and a green scrubbie pad. Each time the rust returns.

Is it possible the metal just needs more time to passivate, or are these going to be a lost cause?

Any input will be greatly appreciated.



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Old 09-26-2010, 07:52 PM   #2
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He used stainless wire,
this tells me it was mig and not tig, it also looks like mig (not the best but can ve made to work) the inside don not look like it was purged. the last photo on the right looks like a cold start.

to fix it i would grind the dark stuff from the inside, and try to passivate with bkf or if you have a plating house around you they will have nitric acid...
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this tells me it was mig and not tig, it also looks like mig (not the best but can ve made to work) the inside don not look like it was purged. the last photo on the right looks like a cold start.

to fix it i would grind the dark stuff from the inside, and try to passivate with bkf or if you have a plating house around you they will have nitric acid...
Many thanks for your reply! I'll try your suggestions and post back if I am still having issues.
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In my TIG welding days, a STAINLESS wire brush was the best to clean up the welds while they were still hot. Definitely stay away from a carbon wire brush. That will cause rust.

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In my TIG welding days, a STAINLESS wire brush was the best to clean up the welds while they were still hot. Definitely stay away from a carbon wire brush. That will cause rust.
The guy who welded these for me is coming over tonight with a new stainless wire wheel. We are gonna hook it up to an air drill and go to town on them. I then plan to clean well with barkeepers friend.

Do you think a stronger solution of nitric acid might be necessary? WonderGel?
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Sorry bro, I have never used any chemical to shine stainless.

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Sorry bro, I have never used any chemical to shine stainless.
Not a problem, hopefully someone else can chime in.
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Following the keg polishing threads, I used gator grid pads to clean out the welds. "Bar Keeper's Friend" brand cleaner afterwards to clean & passivate.

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Following the keg polishing threads, I used gator grid pads to clean out the welds. "Bar Keeper's Friend" brand cleaner afterwards to clean & passivate.
Thanks Sizz, I'll def try the gator pads if the SS wire wheel doesn't work out.
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unfortunately it this don't work you will have to grind it out and start over. the rainbow is not to bad but the black blobs are sugaring.

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