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    Default Coastal Living & Rust

    I have been a coastal dweller for more than a decade now - and by far the biggest negative is the ongoing battle with rust (it is said when living at the coast you are guaranteed the 3 R's, rain/rust & relatives, with rust being the only unwanted).

    I have "developed" my own strategies against rust, amongst others:

    Wash the cars every week even if they are perfectly clean. Get that salty layer off. To clean the chassis I spray it with Cleen Green, park on the lawn and move a sprayer around underneath the car.

    Spray all plastics/rubber on tools etc with Spanjaard Silicone Spray. Otherwise the plastic / rubber becomes "sticky" and then brittle.

    All rifles in the safe gets thoroughly cleaned and then hosed with Castrol DWF 3-in-1. Knifes the same - covered with DWF. I also use moisture absorbers in my safes.

    If I build anything from square tubing make sure that every little hole is welded and plugged (shelving, braai's etc). If there is one little hole the rust will get going from the inside.

    I have found that Hammerite paint (2 layers) goes a long way to prevent rust.

    Blades, axle etc on trailer at least once every 2 years - painted with NS1 rust converter.

    Chromed / stainless surfaces gets polished with a metal polishing compound - believe me, chrome and stainless no guarantee against rust.

    I live about 400 m meters from the beach, which puts me outside that initial 200 m rust zone, I shudder to think how that 1st 200 meters would have messed with my OCD nature.

    Kindly post any other good tips that you guys use.
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    Default Re: Coastal Living & Rust

    Iím a big believer in this stuff, especially for firearms, knives etc:

    https://www.6mmbr.com/corrosiontest.html
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    Subscribed.
    Are you on the east coast?
    How is that likely to differ from the west coast?
    Our house in Paternoster was attacked on the outside, but not too bad inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoelfleRoux View Post
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    Are you on the east coast?
    How is that likely to differ from the west coast?
    Our house in Paternoster was attacked on the outside, but not too bad inside.
    East Coast - Ballito, Roelf.

    I have found that my battle intensifies during the summer when humidity goes through the roof. I think on the West Coast you will not have humidity that badly, but winddriven moist air will be a pain.

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    Default Re: Coastal Living & Rust

    I had a house in Scittburgh, 600m from the beach, terrible rust!!!! I also used to go through tins of dwf etc. first week of holiday in April,July and Dec was just maintenance. Garage always had moisture in.

    sold it and bought in plett. 1km from beach on a hill. hardly any rust. Huge difference in maintenance. My FJ and boat trailer have both had Tectyl chassis treatment done. Everything else metallic gets a spray of wd40. Garage is nice and dry so makes a huge difference. Also less maintenance on wood items compared to KZN.
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    Default Re: Coastal Living & Rust

    Try and get some WD40 rust proof (not the regular one) or CorrosionX(try Amazon) the locally available Corrosion Block is not bad if you use a lot.
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    My main "weaponry" against rust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiceman View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaconell View Post
    My main "weaponry" against rust.
    Do your self a favor and get some of the WD40 I mentioned, it's expensive but you won't use anything else
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    Both living close to the beach, and in construction gives me a unique perspective on rust.

    1) If you made anything from mild steel, spend the extra bucks and go get it hot dip galvanised.
    I have 2 trailers both hot dip galvanised and no rust. 10 years plus

    The rust belt extends 80 kilometres from the shore.
    Living in Kzn, this takes you nearly to Pmb.

    Parking your vehicle under cover makes a huge difference. Even if it is a carport.
    The dew at night contains salt.

    If you have a steel post that is galvanised (for example a fence post or windy dryer) the 600mm or so that is buried into the ground, paint primer on this part to a 100mm above the ground level.
    If you are pedantic, wrap it with Denso tape.
    There is something about the electroylosis between the zinc and the soil that causes the post to rust at the point where it is buried.
    Don't believe me, take a look at any steel lamp post where it goes into the ground.

    Aluminum windows need to have the friction stays wiped with a mild soapy solution every 2 or 3 weeks.
    Do this and the windows will last for years.
    The salt in the air causes white rust which eats the aluminum. Especially the pop rivets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtshark View Post
    Try and get some WD40 rust proof (not the regular one) or CorrosionX(try Amazon) the locally available Corrosion Block is not bad if you use a lot.
    A couple of years ago I searched Corrosion X in South Africa and found a distributor on the Hartbeeshoek Rd close to Harties. I guess he's still around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Thanks, passed that to my gun nut buddy.
    See also post #12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexP View Post
    The salt in the air causes white rust which eats the aluminum. Especially the pop rivets.
    Actually an electrolytic process not an oxidising one, but yes, good practice.

    Old Defenders and Series Landies had this problem where the steel bolts were attached to the aluminium body panels.
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    Default Re: Coastal Living & Rust

    the "old bullets" on the Natal South Coast used to add a tot of paraffin or turpentine to a bucket of soapy water when washing the car.

    tha theory was that the oily stuff would settle in the door inners creases to reduce rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maartendeneef View Post
    the "old bullets" on the Natal South Coast used to add a tot of paraffin or turpentine to a bucket of soapy water when washing the car.

    tha theory was that the oily stuff would settle in the door inners creases to reduce rust.
    Forgot about that.
    Ballie in my building used to add paraffin to the water when washing his car, which was an original Citi Golf that was in mint condition after probably 15 or more years old.

    I have also seen guys spray copious amounts of Tectyl 500 into the door cavity and in the area where the door hinges & bonnet hinges are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexP View Post
    ...
    If you have a steel post that is galvanised (for example a fence post or windy dryer) the 600mm or so that is buried into the ground, paint primer on this part to a 100mm above the ground level.
    If you are pedantic, wrap it with Denso tape.
    There is something about the electroylosis between the zinc and the soil that causes the post to rust at the point where it is buried.
    Don't believe me, take a look at any steel lamp post where it goes into the ground.
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    This is very important when you embed galvanized steel in concrete. The galvanic reaction develops on the contact between the steel, concrete and moisture in the air.
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    Old day method, add 2 cups of parrafin to your soapy car wash. The parrafin will get into all the cracks and crannies.
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    Help me understand please: It makes no sense to me to add oil (like paraffin) to soapy water. The purpose of soap is to break down oils, so the soap and oil will just cancel each other out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoelfleRoux View Post
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    Are you on the east coast?
    How is that likely to differ from the west coast?
    Our house in Paternoster was attacked on the outside, but not too bad inside.

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