Scale resulting from welding of the low-carbon steel component shown as Part 12 in Fig. 1 could be removed satisfactorily and economically by either abrasive blasting or acid pickling. Because the part is phosphated and painted, surfaces are not critical. Acid pickling would probably be preferred, because it would make more uniform contact with all areas without the need for special handling. Even if a large quantity of parts were to be cleaned, salt bath descaling would not be used, because the water quench from about 425 °C (800 °F) would cause excessive warpage. The cost of alkaline descaling in an aqueous solution would not be justified for this class of work.

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