Neutralize Salt

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    li0nhart123 Veteran Member

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    What do you guys/gals do to stop road salt from eating the undercarriages of your rides?

    I don't drive my camaro in winter but my truck gets coated with calcium chloride, sodium chloride and magnesium chloride every winter.

    Other than washing it regularly is there something else to be done?

    I've been reading about baking soda in the wash water.
     
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    Is salt acidic or alkaline? I never knew that.
     
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    I've left my oil leaks unfixed. They've left the undercarriage with a nice thick coat of rust preventing crud! ;)
     
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    I don't think it is either. I think acids are formed during the corrosion process though.

    It is likely that these acids (if they exist) could be neutralized by baking soda...but I'm just guessing.
     
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    ATM Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Baking soda is alkaline, it can be used to lower PH.

    I'm not sure if it would work or not though. Or even how you would do it. I think your best bet is to wash it every now and again.
     
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    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    7 gallons of sloppily applied POR-15.
     
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    Salts are water soluble... wash it off.

    Salts are formed from acidic and alkaline components.
    The salts are neutral but they ionize back to acidic and alkaline components when they are in solution.

    Dry salt doesn't hurt metal..... Just add a little bit of water (or humidity in the air) and you get corrosion.


    Salts are water soluble... wash it off.
     
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    The best way to prevent the steel/iron from rusting is to coat it so that oxygen can't get to it. I had a 62 Chevy 40 series truck that I built into a ramp truck. After clening up and repairing the frame, I coated it with Extend (a Locktite procuct that chemically changes "fluffy" rust into a polymer) and then painted it with Rustoleum Gloss Black paint. YEARS after I sold the Gray Ghost, I found it in a junkyard and that frame looked like the day I coated it!
     
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    Like a wise Twisted_Metal once said, "Salts are water soluble... wash it off."
     

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