Citric Acid ratio?

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Citric Acid ratio?

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Can anyone tell me a good ratio for Citric Acid? its safe of brass parts only, correct? .. Thanks, Joe.
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I just fill up the put and put a couple spoons in.
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I just guess, but I'm guessing I use around a tablespoon per gallon.... I give it the grandma dabble 😉
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How long do you let the parts soak for in general? brass only right?
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basenjib123 wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:22 pm How long do you let the parts soak for in general? brass only right?
Everything that isn’t painted. If it has the lots of the original finish on collars and frames, I’ll use naval jelly, so I can only put it in the rust.
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basenjib123 wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:22 pm How long do you let the parts soak for in general? brass only right?
Brass usually doesn't take long, removing rust from steel parts can take a bit. I'll soak steel in really hot citric for 30 minutes remove and scrub with a plastic brush with running water then repeat again until I'm satisfied with the results. When I'm finished I'll dry and use 0000 steel wool for a final finish. I've literally done this a hundred plus times on 220/228 burner frames 😳 don't care to do another 😁
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I mix mine at 4 teaspoons per gallon of water. Just don’t let the brass soak too long
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I too use around a tablespoon per gallon. If you heat it, it will work faster too. Don't put anything nickel plated in it or the plating will be removed. I learned the hard way after striping the nickel from the air tube on a 200A. Actually, I think I noticed after I did this to a second one. There's no undoing this.

Brass soaking in citric will turn pink from zinc getting leached out, but rubbing with 0000 steel wool will bring the brass color back.
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1 (rounded to heaped) tablespoon/1 gallon, Sometimes more, heating helps speed things up
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I use a heaping tablespoon per gallon of hot water from the tap, that is, I don't heat the water on the stove. I don't let brass sit for more than 15 minutes. I'll leave steel in for way longer.
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All the above I agree with.

You can use citric to clean up nickel surfaces but don't walk away. Nickel is typically applied over brass and I have accidentally peeled nickel off of some items after maybe 10 minutes of soaking.

Some nickel does appear it was applied better than others and can hold up to more soaking but less is more in this case, IMO.
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How do ya'll feel about The Works Toilet Cleaner on Nickel?
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I use oven cleaner on nickel
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