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SX50 / SALT-X vs Salt Away Comparative Product Test

A comparative test between two commercially available products for salt removal was made to determine what their effects in salt water would be upon commonly available nails. Salt-Away and SX50 were the two chosen products to be compared.

The test was set up using three containers.

  • Container 1A contains 600 ml of salt water from Moreton Bay off of Brisbane, Australia. Added to the salt water is one of three similarly rusted 5 inch Bright Common finish steel nails.
  • Container 1B contains 600 ml of a solution which is 3.33% Salt-Away and 96.67 % Moreton Bay salt water. A rusty nail identical to that in 1A was also inserted in container B.
  • Container C contains 600 ml of a solution which is 3.33% SX50 and 96.67% Moreton Bay salt water. A rusty nail identical to that in Container 1A was also inserted into Container C.
SX50 / SALT-X vs Salt Away

After preparing the three containers, photos of all of them were taken. Photos were also taken per the following schedule:

  • At the end of 72 hours
  • At the end of 8 days
  • At the end of 30 days

The photos which immediately follow are those which were taken per this schedule.

PHASE 1

SX50 / SALT-X vs Salt Away
SX50 / SALT-X vs Salt Away
SX50 / SALT-X vs Salt Away

PHASE 2

After the end of the 30 day testing and final photos were taken, a second phase of the testing was started. This phase consisted of removing half of the solution from each container to expose the nails to more air. The lids were left off of the containers to maximize air exposure within the containers. This phase of the test demonstrates how these products perform with salt water in a common environment where metals normally are not fully immersed.

SX50 / SALT-X vs Salt Away
SX50 / SALT-X vs Salt Away
SX50 / SALT-X vs Salt Away
SX50 / SALT-X vs Salt Away

Any person can perform this test by purchasing the products involved and by following our guide lines. We invite you to conduct these tests to draw your own conclusions.

Salt Away vs Salt-X

Salt-X Lab Test Results

Salt-x, Sx50, D-SALT are not safe to use on Magnesium Alloys.

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