G’day - at your service, Judy!
Barely volatile acid solutions in small amounts like sodium
bisulphate at temperatures no higher than 30C should not cause much
trouble in a reasonably sized area. If you use a warmed pickle, keep
a lid on it always.
When I was well into jewellery (not done any for three years) I used
only 10% sulphuric acid. But my jewellery bench is in the same very
small room I used as a laboratory too, containing a variety of
chemicals including acids, ammonia, etc. At the beginning I was
worried about rusting of valuable tools (the room also contains a
sink with H&C water and a very sensitive analytical chemical balance.
I gave all steel tools a coat of Turtle Wax car polish. And have had
no bother with rusting. I also have a large wood lathe in the garage
with about 25 big steel lathe tools - many made from old car springs.
The lathe and all tools were treated with the wax too. I had to give
up driving but that garage often contained a very wet car. No rust on
any tool or the lathe. Now, it still contains the woodworking gear,
plus a mobile clothes line - so we don’t have to traipse out in the
garden - plus my electric disability scooter. You may have to use the
wax more often than I, but I’m a bit lazy!
I am not really any sort of expert these days: am past the use-by
date at 86. But still read Orchid every day. My eyes are on the
table, my teef are in a cup, my ears are in a drawer, my hands go on
a walker frame, but still I won’t give up!
Cheers for now,
JohnB of NZ