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Wood Battery Acid
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Gyp-Wy    Posted 03-05-2003 at 12:35:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's a good one: What effect does battery acid have on wood? I have a room that had battery acid and water on the floor. After we got it cleaned up the wood appears dark colored, it is the sub-floor so we need to put something over it. Should I replace the sub-floor or is it just discoloration and no problem as far as structure? It will be a pain replacing but you do what you have to do.

screaminghollow    Posted 03-05-2003 at 16:44:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'd go along with washing the floor with baking soda water just to neutralize any residue left. Acids are different. Some just stain and some continue eating the wood whenever there is enough moisture in the air.
(Colonial gunsmiths actually used acid to stain gun stocks. I've done this. it stains the wood about a 64th of an inch deep and the wood can be sanded lightly without going through the stained layer. Regular stains usually just lay on the surface. After swabbing the wood with acid, it woould be allowed to dry and then the wood was held over a heat source. Once the wood reached a certain temp, a flash of color would appear in the wood. when the whole thing was uniform, the process was stopped with soda and water. when it dried again it was final sanded)

Phred MN    Posted 03-05-2003 at 13:36:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would wash the floor with a mixture of baking soda and water. The baking soda will neutralize acid if it is still active. I don't believe the acid will structurally damage any wood.
Good Luck!

sHan    Posted 03-05-2003 at 12:46:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
this is just my opinion but we use wood to set batterys on in the shop all the time they do get stained but have never seen any distruction of the wood some have been there for 5-6 years still just fine....

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