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"Starting an auto body acid dip company"

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November 29, 2021

Q. What is the process for adding automotive acid dipping to your business?

Manuel Leal
Business owner - Chico, Texas

November 2021

? Hi Manuel. It certainly depends on what business you are in :-)

What exactly does your business do?

Luck & Regards,

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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
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Q. Hello

I want to start an auto body acid dip business. I would like some advise on tank size, metal type used for the construction of the tank, chemicals used, process and any advise out there that will help.

Thank You


Tim Bailey
Starting Business - Antioch, California, USA


A. Hi Tim. I have heard apocryphal stories about acid dipping cars for the purpose of thinning the sheet metal and making them lighter, but I don't actually know if that is fact or fiction. So I presume you are speaking of paint stripping & de-rusting rather than trying to reduce weight. Alkaline solutions, not acid, are actually used for that because it's a better paint stripper, and you don't want to risk non-neutralized acid hiding in a crevice somewhere. The dipping process faces competition from media blasting as an alternate approach, so your first decision is which approach you want to pursue.

It's a tall order to ask what tanks to buy, what chemicals to buy, what the process entails, and how to start a business, Tim:-)
Do you have some related experience? A basic intro to metal finishing is a 4-day or 5-day course, a basic intro to the regulations is another 2-day course, and hazmat training is a few more ... so it's obviously difficult to answer your questions in a few paragraphs. I'd suggest you start with a copy of the Metal Finishing Guidebook from the library or by buying an old copy cheap, and then get back to us with some specific questions. But actually having worked in a metal finishing facility will take you further & faster than book knowledge or seminars, so you might try getting a summer job in a somewhat similar place first. Topic 40982 lists a number of companies in the media blasting or alkaline stripping & de-rusting business, and you might see what you can learn from their websites.

Good luck!

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Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

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