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I recorded a short clip the other day of making bare steel rust quickly by using diluted brick cleaner, followed by water. I let it run in real time so folks can see how quickly it works. I have used diluted vinegar in a similar way before but it makes your work stink and attracts every wasp within a mile. Rust is a popular finish with folks in this neck of the woods and as I had to deliver some sculptures to a show that afternoon I needed them rust quickly.

 

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I’ve used salt, vinegar, peroxide mix quite a bit, cheap and simple.  Recently though I’ve been experimenting with light spray of peroxide, followed by literally salting the work (using a salt shaker), then spraying peroxide again.  Works great.  

Thanks for the video, I love seeing real time rust, people don’t believe me when I swear I can make things rust instantly!

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Haha to be honest I've never looked at the back of the container. It's £7 for 5L of Cementone Brick and Patio Cleaner. No idea how that rates in comparison to the stronger acids, but the appeal for me of this stuff is I can just stop on my way to work at a tool shop and pick some up. I read somewhere for the stronger types you need to buy at specialist places and prove you reasons for use? Possibly a load of rubbish but lingered in my mind anyway. I use it so infrequently I think in 2 years I've only used about a litre.

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