How to Remove Corrosion on SCUBA Equipment

How to Remove Corrosion on SCUBA Equipment
Throughout a diver's career, one will inevitably be faced with corrosion of SCUBA equipment. Corrosion appears as a powdery substance on the surface of metal, making it easy to spot. Although it may look harmless, it is highly destructive to your gear. It can even be life-threatening because corroded SCUBA tanks can leak air or even explode. Since you put a lot of money into your equipment, you will want to put in the physical time to not only clean and repair any deposits of corrosion. Be proactive in preventing corrosion by always cleaning your equipment after a dive.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fresh water Bucket or bathtub Washrags or sponges Dry towels Soft-bristled toothbrush or brush
  • Fresh water
  • Bucket or bathtub
  • Washrags or sponges
  • Dry towels
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush or brush
Step 1
Disassemble your SCUBA equipment. Empty all compartments that hold water.
Step 2
Submerge separate pieces into either a bucket or bathtub of fresh water. Soak the pieces for at least 10 minutes. However, you made need to soak some pieces longer to remove more stubborn spots. Pay special attention to places where paint has been removed and make sure you wipe these thoroughly.
Step 3
Empty the tub or bucket, then rinse with fresh water. Use a washrag to rub away any remaining corrosion deposits. Work on stubborn spots with a soft-bristled toothbrush or brush.
Step 4
Use a clean towel to dry your equipment thoroughly. Do not leave any water spots behind because they can lead to corrosion.
Step 5
Store your tanks in an appropriate environment for metal that is both cool and dry and out of the sun's direct light.

Tips & Warnings

 
It is important that you clean your gear after each and every dive you take. Salt water and chlorine are highly destructive not only to your SCUBA tanks but to all of your gear.
 
It is important that you clean your gear after each and every dive you take. Salt water and chlorine are highly destructive not only to your SCUBA tanks but to all of your gear.

Article Written By Krista Raye

Krista Raye is a Steel Magnolia who began writing professionally in 2009 with eHow, Answerbag and Trails. She has 10 years teaching experience in middle and high schools. Raye holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Science in secondary English education and a Master of Arts in adolescent English education.

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