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Salt removal

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Dogplow Dodge, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,001

    Was putzing around on the net and read up on a product called "salt away". Seems as though it's an acid product that emulsifies salt and other minerals from your vehicle before you wash it down. Seemed like an interesting idea, so I found an article which explained the main ingredient was called Sulfamic Acid.

    Found that Home deeepblow had it in their tile area, as it's used as a grout haze remover. Inexpensive, so I grabbed a container and a 2 gallon sprayer to give it a whirl. The container wants a mix of 8 oz per gallon of hot water, but to be safe, I decided 4oz was good enough. I was right.

    Truly amazing how it dissolved all the gunk under the truck. I did it quick in a self serve car wash, but next time I use the stuff it will be at home with my power washer, so I can get a lot more surfaces cleaned. @ $3.00 for 5 minutes of spray time, I had to work quick. I soaked the underbody, where I could see, with the spray, then went to town with the wash fluid, then a rinse.

    Very impressed.... super clean wherever I used it. I did spray it on the paint, and it caused no damage to the finish... although you should test a spot just in case your paint isn't i good shape.


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  2. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,001

  3. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,001

    I did the plow back side as well.

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    After drying it up by driving it for a while, I needed fuel

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  4. john r

    john r Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 239

    Looks like the stuff did a nice job. Got to give it a try.
     
  5. gc3

    gc3 Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    Wow, that's pretty clean
     
  6. cwby_ram

    cwby_ram Senior Member
    Messages: 907

    Definitely gonna have to pick up some of that and give it a try!
     
  7. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,001

    Adding salt removal to the list of my ocd tasks for my rides....:rolleyes:
     
  8. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,677

    Been using it for years on boats. Anytime I run in salt water boat gets hosed down with a version of salt away. Also use it as an additive when I winterize the Cat 3208s in dad's boat. But never tried it on the truck.
     
  9. bosworth

    bosworth Junior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 6

    Looks good

    I'm going to also try this... Thanksussmileyflag
     
  10. road2damascus

    road2damascus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,833

    I just ordered salt away....now I can make my own with your post! Thank you.

    I got a liquid deicer system that I think I will clean out and fill with this stuff. Then fill it again and use it to spray down all my equipment.
     
  11. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,998

    I will have to give that a try. Looks like it works pretty good.
     
  12. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    I have been using salt-away for c couple of years now,,, The acid doesn't do any damage to any lines or hoses? I would consider doing this because of cost of salt- away..
     
  13. john r

    john r Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 239

    I did a search for sulfamic acid. Its used in ALOT if different applications including sweeteners. Safe for metal. It removes scale or rust. AFAIK acid doesn't react with rubber, ie rubber acid gloves. It might etch the paint though.
     
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  14. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,001

    IT doesn't do damage to anything that won't normally react to environmental conditions anyway. If you have poor paint product on something, it may discolor it. The mix I'm using is 1/2 of what they recommend, so I'm not worried at all. I'm doing the initial cleaning of my dodge today, so I'll post a few before(s) and after(s)..

    Nearly 55* F today, and it's a good day to do this.
     
  15. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    Thanks Sounds like the way to go... Im out of salt-away anyways.... :)
     
  16. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,001

    Spent the day cleaning the brick... Sprayed it on, washed it off. No scrubbing other than the powerwasher doing it's thing.

    Before(s) and after(s)

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  17. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,001

  18. On a Call

    On a Call Senior Member
    Messages: 760

    How much would you charge to come and do my trucks for me ?
     
  19. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,001

    Not much...

    Just Hillary Clinton's email address, so I can get some free porn sent to me from Bill....:D
     
  20. john r

    john r Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 239

    Hey Dogplow. How do you apply the mix to the truck?