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Time for an acid wash
September 22, 2011
7:59 pm
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Steve Pooler
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Gee Gregg….I really can''t say….

I use what I use because of the time involved…As a service, people want to pay for as little time as they can, because we as service people charge for it by the hour…

I''m sure all the suggested concoctions will work…How fast ?…Can''t say about time but I''m betting they all would work well given time to do so…

For safety reasons I would recommend one of the less toxic options...You can't really put a price on your safety...

I wouldn't really worry too much about "Nickle Safe" either...

 

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September 22, 2011
2:34 pm
alnmar
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Hello,

Thanks for the information. It's all very helpful.

 

Now I've some questions on the various "acids" recommended in these threads and others.

Are there any significant differences in the manufactured products: Rydlyme vs Barnacle Buster, or Star Brite's Mussel and barnacle remover? I've heard that Rydlyme is actually a caustic solution where Barnacle Buster is Phosphoric Acid, with Star Brite's product is another type of acid.

Can a non-specific product, i.e. bulk phosphoric acid from the paint store, or other caustics or acids be used?

Do the "pros" use one versus the other, that is manufactured product or bulk products?

 

The costs of the manufactured products seem high when compared to bulk products.

Thanks,

DIY

August 1, 2011
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Check out this thread Gregg~

 

/forum/maintenance/how-hot-is-too-hot/#p1839

 

Steve~

July 31, 2011
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What chemical do you recomment to do an acid wash to clean everything out. I have been told do not use anything unless it says it is nickle safe on it. I have 4 A/C's all fed from one pump. Can I clean them all at the same time or should I do them one at a time?