Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-04-2016, 06:54 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
1973 25' Tradewind
Beautiful , Oregon
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 548
What can protect tow safety chains from rusting

Howdy Folks
I am hoping to get a little advice.

I have been restoring my 73 Tradewind, the safety chains were in good condition with rust on about 5 links. I put them in Ready Prep, the stuff you use before painting with POR 15. It did a pretty good job getting rid of the rust. (A little pitting but in good shape) I then rinsed it off with water and left overnight to dry. I already got a light coating of rust over the chain.

I am wondering if I damaged the rust resistance of the chain?

Should I use some kind of protector? Is Naval Jelly a recommended option?

Other?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Tony
__________________

__________________
Tony S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2016, 07:15 PM   #2
CLOUDSPLITTER "Tahawas"
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 11,153
Images: 1
Thumbs up

I've never done anything to protect our chains....they do have surface rust where the zinc is worn...I don't worry about it.


I've used [U]Evapo-Rust[/U] on stuff with very good results...you do have to re-coat though.

Bob
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC09650.jpg
Views:	74
Size:	362.5 KB
ID:	256801   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC09646.jpg
Views:	71
Size:	446.5 KB
ID:	256802  

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC09644.jpg
Views:	72
Size:	364.9 KB
ID:	256803   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC09651.jpg
Views:	68
Size:	404.0 KB
ID:	256804  

__________________

__________________
PFC.....

“After all these years the reason I continue to love Thanksgiving.....I still sit at the kids table.”
RLC

Sandra wanted to go to Cleveland on vacation,
but I’m the Husband, so we went to Cleveland.
RLC
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2016, 07:49 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Wingeezer's Avatar
 
2005 30' Classic
Burlington , Ontario
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,709
Mine didn't rust because they were so messed up with grease from the Hensley! (They say to grease the zerks on the Hensley every 500 miles until it oozes out the bottom of the spring bar bushings, and I did that reasonably religiously!

But recently I dismantled the Hensley hitch to strip the crummy powder coat Hensley use and then I painted it with Por15, top-coated with black and orange anti-rust paint.

At the same time, I cleaned all the gobs of excess grease off the chains with degreaser!

Now, I clean up the excess grease that oozes out as soon as I lube the hitch so that it doesn't make such a mess everywere - including my pant legs!!

Without all the grease and dirt on the chains, now I just spray them lightly with WD-40 now and then and call it good!

Brian.
__________________
Brian & Connie Mitchell

2005 Classic 30'
Hensley Arrow / Centramatics
2008 GMC Sierra SLT 2500HD,4x4,Crew Cab, Diesel, Leer cap.
Wingeezer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2016, 08:49 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
1998 30' Excella 1000
Livingston , Texas
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 546
I like "Ospho".
__________________
Siegmann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2016, 10:19 PM   #5
cwf
Rivet Master
 
cwf's Avatar
 
1999 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,936
Images: 2
after cleaning as Bob recommends above, get some 'zinc' spray from a local industrial supply company (McMaster is an online one).. then just spray the chains again,... as often as you like...
__________________
Peace and Blessings..
Channing
WBCCI# 30676
cwf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2016, 10:59 PM   #6
CRH
Rivet Master
 
1995 25' Excella
xxxxx , xxxxxx
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 1,246
I spray mine with WD-40 every now and then....Cheap and easy.
__________________
CRH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2016, 05:47 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
r carl's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Lin , Ne
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 2,057
Quote:
Originally Posted by cwf View Post
after cleaning as Bob recommends above, get some 'zinc' spray from a local industrial supply company (McMaster is an online one).. then just spray the chains again,... as often as you like...
That's what I would do too. This will work.
http://www.rustoleum.com/product-cat...ompound-spray/
__________________
The higher your expectations the fewer your options.
r carl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2016, 09:23 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
1973 25' Tradewind
Beautiful , Oregon
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 548
Thanks guys, I'll do that.

Just a quick follow up. Does the chains of that day (1973) have an inordinate rust resistance to them? Did I damage that by using the Ready Prep. on it?

Tony
__________________
Tony S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2016, 09:41 AM   #9
CLOUDSPLITTER "Tahawas"
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 11,153
Images: 1
Thumbs up

If it's the POR15 Ready Prep it should be OK...like EvapOrust it's a water based product that only reacts to the oxidation.

Bob
__________________
PFC.....

“After all these years the reason I continue to love Thanksgiving.....I still sit at the kids table.”
RLC

Sandra wanted to go to Cleveland on vacation,
but I’m the Husband, so we went to Cleveland.
RLC
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2016, 11:31 AM   #10
Wise Elder
 
Jammer's Avatar
 
2010 30' Classic
Vintage Kin Owner
South of the river , Minnesota
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,119
Hello Tony

Typically the chains are galvanized. The nature of galvanizing is, as you're probably aware, that isolated scratches or other compromises in the coating don't tend to rust because of the electrochemical properties of the zinc in the galvanized coating. Once all the zinc is gone, the chain will rust.

I see surface rust on trailer chains all the time. It is only a cosmetic issue. If the appearance is problematic I would suggest replacing the chains using galvanized chain for the replacement.

If you do replace the chain you should use grade 70 chain. I did a quick search and there are a couple of sources for galvanized grade 70 out there:

http://www.westmarine.com/acco--grad...05_154_001_512

You may also be able to find a local source.

Some states require the tow chains to be attached "permanently" which complicates the installation. The existential question becomes, "what is permanent?" I have a twin clevis on mine but a hammerlock would probably be a better choice:

http://www.tulsachain.com/asccustomp...&navParent=437

I've come across twin clevises that are hot dip galvanized but have never found a galvanized hammerlock, although they're up and out of the road spray a little more than the rest of the chain so corrosion may be less of a problem.
__________________
To learn to see below the surface, you must adjust your altitude
Jammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2016, 11:34 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
2015 25' Flying Cloud
2016 30' Flying Cloud
Blenheim Ontario , Ontario
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 1,264
Chains are cheap.
Replace them!
__________________
MelGoddard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2016, 12:23 PM   #12
4 Rivet Member
 
1977 31' Sovereign
Lynnwood , Washington
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 311
Get a can of rust inhibitor from an industrial/automotive paint store. When it dries, you can paint right over it.

Tom
__________________
TomKirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2016, 12:38 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
Larry C's Avatar
 
1996 34' Excella
Elberta , Alabama
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 745
Corrosion X is about as good as it's going to get for rust and other corrosion control. Buy it on Amazon, or any marine supply store..

Larry
__________________
Old age is coming at a really bad time!

1996 34' Excella 1000, interior totally redone, 2003 Dodge/Cummins HO, U.S. Gear exhaust brake, Diablo tuner, 115 gallon aux fuel, Bedslide, Airsafe/Reese Dual Cam, and a bunch of other stuff
Larry C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2016, 12:55 PM   #14
2 Rivet Member
 
2008 27' Classic FB
Coppell , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 24
I use a product called G96. Formulated as a cleaner and lubricant for firearms . Longer lasting and much better lubricant than WD40 and other light spray lube. Also safe around other finishes.
__________________

__________________
Coolbreeze is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Safety Cables versus Chains Ganglin Hitches, Couplers & Balls 74 05-23-2013 11:01 PM
Safety Chains Do Work Chaplain Kent General Motorhome Topics 4 09-01-2007 12:46 PM
Replace Safety Chains..? Ganglin Hitches, Couplers & Balls 3 11-13-2006 09:09 PM
Safety chains: A message from Airstream Rog0525 Hitches, Couplers & Balls 0 05-02-2003 07:14 PM
Safety Tow Chains pap Hitches, Couplers & Balls 4 04-11-2003 11:16 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.