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Unread 02-09-2010, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default Frame work/Acid is a horrible thing...

So now that I painted the body, it looks waaaay to good to go on the rest of my piggy cart, and I've now begun basically a frame up resto. Problem: after years of apparently wonderful maintenance as a golf course trolley, the battery framework is swiss cheese, at best. Gonna have to get out the tig welder and replace some pieces, but after that, does anyone know a good way to clean up the oxidization and nastiness of the spots I can't reach with the bristledisc? I thought about a speedblaster with a little glass bead but I'd rather keep a little more polished finish plus it leaves it too porous. Anyone have any experience with "industrial" solvents? I think It's gonna have to be pretty aggressive; maybe muriatic acid?
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Unread 02-09-2010, 09:49 PM   #2
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Eagle 1 makes a product..... I think it is an aluminum etching product?
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Unread 02-09-2010, 10:25 PM   #3
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It must be a ClubCar! dont waste your time doing all that cleaning in the battery trays,just paint it silver its amazing how good it looks.As far as replacing the battery trays just go to the local hardware store and get some aluminum stock and cut to fit which is about 15 and 3/4 inches I think. Get a 3/16 drill bit and some long rivets and rivet them in.You can break the old ones out after you saw them in half.
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Unread 02-09-2010, 10:47 PM   #4
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Dont use muratic acid on that frame. Eagle One Etching Mag cleaner is what you want. It's not going to eat all the crap from the trays...only manual labor will get that clean.
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Unread 02-09-2010, 10:50 PM   #5
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Dont use muratic acid on that frame. Eagle One Etching Mag cleaner is what you want. It's not going to eat all the crap from the trays...only manual labor will get that clean.
Thanks Roady, That's the stuff
But yes to fixer too the aluminum paint is good and so is nothing cuz when the batts are in and the body is on ..... You can't see any of it
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Unread 02-09-2010, 10:56 PM   #6
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Eagle 1 makes a product..... I think it is an aluminum etching product?
I've been cleaning mine with the same product. It will get the job done, especially with a little scrubbing. It is an acidic product and will leave the finish looking a little dull, but clean. It takes a little practice to keep it from streaking, but it does a good job. Check out CC-John's rebuild of his Club Car that had been flooded by hurricane Ike. I think he used the Eagle 1.

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Unread 02-10-2010, 05:30 AM   #7
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I replaced mine per golfcarfixer's suggestion. It was easy and works and looks great. Just don't forget to drill the tie-down holes before you install the racks. I also painted mine with the battery protector spray that is used on the terminals. I don't know if it will make any difference, but for no more than that stuff costs it was worth a shot.
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Unread 02-10-2010, 05:48 PM   #8
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I cleaned mine with the eagle 1 etching cleaner and then sprayed the whole frame with truck bed liner. This stuff is very durable and will protect against the acid in the batteries if it leaks. looks good too!!!
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I cleaned mine with the eagle 1 etching cleaner and then sprayed the whole frame with truck bed liner. This stuff is very durable and will protect against the acid in the batteries if it leaks. looks good too!!!
Thats a good idea about the truck bed liner,might have to try that.
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