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Battery acid on frame

Discussion in 'Bling and Appearance' started by tobio85, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. Have had a look at a second hand bike (Duc Monster) which has had a battery crack and spill acid on the frame. The frame looks fine but obviously damage to the paint which isn't a problem, just wondering if this is something that would ruin the frame, (you know, acid + metal = weakened metal)?

    Mods: Sorry if this is in the wrong area wasn't too sure, feel free to move.

  2. Battery acid will eat the paint off and, if left, will accelerate corrosion of the underlying metal. However, it won't cause damage you can't see.

    It's a haggling point, not a showstopper, although it might point to a bike that's been otherwise abused/neglected.

    If you buy it, when you get it home give the area a good scrub to remove loose paint and rust, then mix up some bicarbonate of soda or baking powder with water (good strong solution, just keep dumping it in until no more will dissolve) and apply to the affected area to neutralise any residual acid. Then rinse thoroughly with water. Repaint when dry.