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Old 06-02-2016, 06:08 PM   #1
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Painting over rust- Chassis Saver review

As my '02 AS was showing a fair amount of rust on the A frame, and especially in the storage box, I decided to deal with it by painting everything. My local auto parts store recommended Chassis Saver, which I went with, and I am really pleased by going this route. It is a high gloss black- I was hoping to stick with the AS gray color, and I still could, but I like the look. You can paint over it, but need to de-gloss it first.

It is not cheap, at $40/quart. You need to do a minimal amount of prep- wire brush the rust and sand the existing paint to remove gloss. No primer needed whatsoever- you can paint this product over rust, bare metal, or existing paint. You do need to wear gloves, and have plenty of ventilation- this stuff is nasty! I have some on my hands and have to wait a few weeks for skin cells to reproduce.

After full cure, it ends up rock hard- I can't make a mark on it with fingernails. I painted a small area to try it out, and the next day, it was all I could do to pry the lid off the can without destroying it.
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Old 06-02-2016, 06:21 PM   #2
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Sounds interesting. Pics??
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Old 06-02-2016, 07:56 PM   #3
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Here's a few pics. I wasn't too fussy on appearance
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Thanks. Very interesting!!
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:48 PM   #5
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I should note that these pictures were taken after it rained- some water beads
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:03 PM   #6
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Is it similar to por 15? I've heard good things about the chassis saver.
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:10 PM   #7
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I always have used Chassis Saver instead of POR. Same stuff....readily available and less expensive (a bit).
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I always have used Chassis Saver instead of POR. Same stuff....readily available and less expensive (a bit).

Thank you for that recommendation.
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Thank you! I did not know this existed.
I'm going to see if it is available here.
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It comes in aluminum too!
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This sounds like a great product. Was one quart enough to do your "A" frame and the rear bumper door?

I repainted the "A" frame on our 31' several times, power wire wheeling down to bare metal , primering with rust inhibiting primer, followed by two coats of silver colored rustoleum. Five years later the "A" frame would have rusted here and there requiring a "redo".

Our 2009 could use a repaint and I can see the previous owner has repainted the "A" frame at least once already. I wasn't satisfied with my previous results so am looking for a different product.

Thanks for sharing a great tip!
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Also available in #98 light gray. Qt. of any color $31.66 plus $6.99 shipping anywhere USA.
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This sounds like a great product. Was one quart enough to do your "A" frame and the rear bumper door?

I repainted the "A" frame on our 31' several times, power wire wheeling down to bare metal , primering with rust inhibiting primer, followed by two coats of silver colored rustoleum. Five years later the "A" frame would have rusted here and there requiring a "redo".

Our 2009 could use a repaint and I can see the previous owner has repainted the "A" frame at least once already. I wasn't satisfied with my previous results so am looking for a different product.

Thanks for sharing a great tip!
I didn't even use 1/2 quart for the A frame (two coats). I should also point out that I slit some garden hose to slip over the bottom of the propane tanks, and lined the storage box with some anti-fatigue mat from Home Depot to prevent any future damage to the paint.
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Does it chalk after being exposed to UV like the POR15 does?

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