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Old 09-14-2015, 06:33 AM   #1
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Rust in House battery compartment

I've been regularly cleaning off the corrosion on the strap buckles for the 6v batteries caused by the charging of the house batteries. What concerns me is the rust on the floor of the compartment. I see where I will need to remove the batteries (no later than next spring) and sand/paint the floor.

I'm looking for a way to neutralize the rust. I have heard that baking soda will do it. I've also heard about electronics to neutralize the ions and stop it.

Anyone here using a successful method ?

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Ken,

I've bought products from this company that have worked well.

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Old 09-14-2015, 06:54 AM   #3
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You can also use battery pads. Check Amazon.



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Old 09-14-2015, 07:02 AM   #4
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I just cleaned mine with baking soda and will touch-up the paint with black rust-oleum.


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You can also use battery pads. Check Amazon.
I like that idea. Thanks.
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I just cleaned mine with baking soda and will touch-up the paint with black rust-oleum.


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Thanks, Frank. I think I will do that to hold it over until spring. I'm hoping to retire after the first of the year and will hopefully have more time to do things like that.

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Old 09-14-2015, 07:25 AM   #7
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Ken - Your strap buckles will eventually and you will go crazy trying to find new ones. I replaced with solid rubber bungee's. - Hank
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I had the same issue but I put these in the battery compartment and they neutralized all of the corrosion. They work very well. I bought several and cut them up and put them on top and on the sides of the batteries.

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I had the same issue but I put these in the battery compartment and they neutralized all of the corrosion. They work very well. I bought several and cut them up and put them on top and on the sides of the batteries.

Battery Mat home page
What size are they and what do they charge? I don't see a price listed on the site.


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I used this stuff it worked great and it lets you know when you have gotten rid of all the acid in the compartment.
NOCO 14oz Battery Cleaner and Acid Detector - Walmart.com
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I used this stuff it worked great and it lets you know when you have gotten rid of all the acid in the compartment.
NOCO 14oz Battery Cleaner and Acid Detector - Walmart.com
Do you just spray it on and leave it, or do you have to wait and then wipe it off?
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Spray it on wait a few minutes then rinsed it with water. Repeat until spray doesn't change color. I took my batteries out so they didn't get neutralized and ruined. I had a lot of corrosion and it removed it all.
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Do you just spray it on and leave it, or do you have to wait and then wipe it off?
What I read on the WalMart page says leave it on a few minutes then rinse it off.

I think I'll pick it up for this weekend.
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I saw on a car forum that someone sprayed it all over the battery and it killed the battery. I guess it neutralized the acid inside.
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Hate to tell you Ken, but, You won't have more time when you retire. All of a sudden you get buzzier. I thought the same thing back in 08!
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Hate to tell you Ken, but, You won't have more time when you retire. All of a sudden you get buzzier. I thought the same thing back in 08!
I agree I don't know how I ever got anything done while I was working because there doesn't seem to be enough time to get things done now.
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What size are they and what do they charge? I don't see a price listed on the site.


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Haven't bought them in a while but I believe they cost about $5 for an 8x12 piece. They really work great.
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Just ordered 4 mats for my batteries. Checked e bay, amazon, Jegs, found them cheapest here.

Battery Store - Top Discount Batteries, Phone Batteries & More at BatteryMart.com

Under 24.00 with shipping.
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Have same problem on Berkshire going to remove house battery's and clean and under coat. Floor of compartment then line floor with 1/4 inch piece A zak
( plastic composit ) also put 1/2lip around A zak to hold battery's from moving around then get marine hard ware to hold battery's in place the metal hard ware is shot .the only problem is work keeps getting in my way of getting anything done
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Thanks to all for the replies. Lots of good ideas.

Now I can start building my project list for 2016.

Thanks Again,
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