Removing Pitting and Rust From an Enclosure

Rob Jarratt robert.jarratt at
Thu Jul 20 01:37:29 CDT 2017

> -----Original Message-----
> From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] On Behalf Of Chuck Guzis
> via cctalk
> Sent: 20 July 2017 03:34
> To: Fred Cisin via cctalk <cctalk at>
> Subject: Re: Removing Pitting and Rust From an Enclosure
> On 07/19/2017 07:13 PM, Fred Cisin via cctalk wrote:
> > In most places other than the south and Chicago, Coke and Pepsi are what
> > is used.   I don't think that SNL (Saturday Night Live) ever did a "No
> > Coke; RC" skit.
> There's also some stuff called "Naval Jelly"
> Rust-Dissolver.htm
> I was going to suggest leveling with Bondo, but that seemed the cheap way to
> go.
> I've used Bondo many times to fill missing bits of broken plastic
> faceplates.   A little sanding and a coat of paint and it looks
> downright presentable.
> Machine tools (particularly Chinese ones) that use gray iron castings are often
> smoothed with a Bondo-like putty before being painted.
> (They're not very pretty under the putty).
> If you were really serious about this, you could plate a generous coat
> of copper, sand it smooth, then plate a layer of nickel.   But if you've
> never done electroplating, it's probably not a good idea to start with something
> valuable.

Well I could always see if I can get electroplating done professionally without spending a fortune, although trying myself with something unimportant is also an option. But first I would need to know what the finish actually is. There seem to be two common finishes to the metal used in MicroVAXen, DECstations and the like, one is a sort of subtle yellow, the other is a silvery finish. In this case it is a silvery finish. Can anyone tell me what those two finished actually are? I am guessing it is nickel. If that is the case, why the copper plating first?



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