View Full Version : What's the difference Metal Ready and Picklex
03-15-2006, 03:06 PM
Por-15 makes Metal Ready Prep.
What's the difference between Metal Ready and Picklex?
Who's better under Zero Rust?
Just trying to figure out "to purchase Pickelx or use up my existion Metal ready befor applying Zero Rust inside of doors.
03-15-2006, 03:23 PM
Metal-Ready is just a surface prep. It prepares the surface for applying POR15 (I think it does a slight etch) with the addition of leaving a phosphate coating. The phosphate coating will add a temporary layer of protection, but this is not a permanent fix; it is just meant to protect the metal until POR15 can be applied.
Picklex is a rust converter. It actually converts the rust (iron oxide) to black rust (iron phosphate) which is chemically different. Iron phosphate does not grow like iron oxide, so it acts as a protective barrier over the steel (same idea as galvanizing). Picklex supposedly also adds a protective layer to non-rusted surfaces if I recall. Similar products are Ospho by Skyco (which is usually available at local hardware stores) and SEM has a similar rust converter product, although I think it's even more $$$ than Picklex20.
Most of the people on this board swear by Picklex; I have not used it myself, but I might pick some up and give it a whirl.
04-13-2006, 01:30 PM
is it anything like jasco metal etch? found at the hardware store?
We did a test of Metal Ready under POR and Picklex under Zero Rust and the result is shown below. If you go to the link below the picture there's an explaination of the test.
Boat Test Link (http://www.autobodystore.com/new_page_1.htm)
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