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How does acetic acid affect the rusting of iron?

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January 04, 2008 2:57PM

Acetic acid breaks down the rusticles, or salt deposits, in the rusting iron, there fore causing it to turna n orangy color and flake. The salt particles are there to preserve the iron, and when the acid breaks it down, there is nothing ot protect that weak outer layer of coretic iron Acetic acid breaks down the rusticles, or salt deposits, in the rusting iron, there fore causing it to turna n orangy color and flake. The salt particles are there to preserve the iron, and when the acid breaks it down, there is nothing ot protect that weak outer layer of coretic iron