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RE: Torklift tie down maintenance

Even if you use Rustoleum or a similar product designed for rusty surfaces, I would still do the best surface prep that is feasible. You will get longer paint life if you start with bare metal or mostly bare metal. Certainly get rid of any heavy, flaky rust. Makes sense. Thanks, I will do this. Also just to rough up the old paint before painting over it.
bobbolotune 08/07/21 07:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Torklift tie down maintenance

I’m the OP. Lots of great advice here, thanks! I am glad I asked because some products have been pointed out that I was not aware of. Also that my question about over sanding weakening the part was answered (not to worry about it). Someone recommended “Rustoleum Rust Converter”. From google searches the Rustoleum product seems to be called “Rust Reformer” not “Rust Converter”. There is also a product VHT Rust Convertor which has good reviews on Amazon. Maybe that is what the responses talking about rust converter meant? I also found POR-15. But from this website: Scroll down a little and it is a 4 step process of degreaser, metal prep, then the POR-15, then paint. That is a lot of work. But maybe just slop on the POR-15 is good enough for tie downs? Multiple good options here. It may come down to which I find on the shelf at Home Depot. I am leaning toward the Rustoleum Rust Reformer or VHT Rust Convertor because it is simple spray on. Then the instructions say to paint over it but that can again be just simple spray paint.
bobbolotune 08/07/21 08:15am Truck Campers
RE: Torklift tie down maintenance

How are stainless steel Fastguns rusting? I'm the OP. It is the (steel) tie downs that are rusting, not the fastguns.
bobbolotune 08/07/21 07:56am Truck Campers
Torklift tie down maintenance

My 6 year old Torklift tie downs are in sad shape. The paint (or probably actually it is powder coat) is falling off so that there is now a lot of exposed and rusting metal. So I need to paint them or something. To prep, I started by scraping them with a wire brush and some emery cloth. That is helping to remove the chipping paint and some surface rust. But it is not taking all of the rust off down to bare metal. I think it would need to be sanded with a power tool versus hand scraping to accomplish that. But I don’t want to start sanding off metal. That means less metal left which can hurt the strength of tie down. Besides it would be a lot of work all that grinding. So I am thinking I will hand brush with a wire brush plus some light emery cloth. Then I will need to paint over some rust. Is it ok to do that? Or maybe this isn't’ necessary. Maybe it doesn’t really matter if the tie downs rust. For example, many of the metal parts under the truck are as rusted as the tie downs. Maybe there is so much metal on these parts that rust will never deteriorate the part to the point of failure. However the tie downs were originally a painted part so I suppose I should paint them. Then my next question is what to paint them with. The only thing I know of is rustoleum. Or is there something better? So my questions are 1) how much prep should I do or can I paint over some rust, 2) what to paint the tie downs with, 3) or maybe rust on tie downs doesn’t really matter (except for how it looks) and I could defer this job since I am currently busy preparing other things for a 2 month trip. I know that these are very basic questions but I don’t have experience with this topic.
bobbolotune 08/06/21 11:25am Truck Campers
RE: Problem with U-Haul refill. Time replace my propane tanks?

I’m the OP. I took another look at the “ding” on the tank that U-Haul complained about. I think it would more properly be described as chipped paint than a dent or damage. Then it rusted a little where it chipped. There are small impressions less than the size of the head of a pin. Maybe it was set down on a rock at some point. The lesson learned might be to inspect the tanks after each camping trip and use some touch up paint on any chipped paint. However, the U-Haul website says “If a propane tank is uncertified, damaged... excessive rust or ***has been painted*** violates national propane gas rules and policies and will not be refilled.”. So it is unclear if touch up paint will get you grief when trying to refill. I have gotten tanks from cylinder exchange for the BBQ in vastly worse shape than these tanks. Tanks with paint over rust then the paint chips so the tank is covered in rust. (I am surprised that some responses said they use cylinder exchange. I have always assumed that I should use tanks that I have owned since new so that I know they have been carefully handled. Which can be a pain because propane refill can be harder to find than exchange. Maybe for a trailer where the tanks are outside, but in my truck camper I sleep literally a few feet from the propane tanks so I am hesitant to trust propane exchange.) I am sure that my tanks are ok. On the other hand, I looked it up and the local U-Haul sells new tanks for $35, so for $70 I can have two new tanks and not worry about it. I’ll probably do that. Thank you for the help! I was getting nowhere with google searches about this topic.
bobbolotune 07/13/21 03:08am Tech Issues
Problem with U-Haul refill. Time replace my propane tanks?

My truck camper has 20 lb upright removable propane tanks. There are a few dings on the tanks with some minor rust in the ding. I needed propane while in Las Vegas and found a local U-Haul and she said that she shouldn’t fill it because of the ding. But she filled it anyway because she knew it would become an argument if she didn’t. I saw the same thing on the U-Haul website that they won’t fill tanks with surface damage or if flaws have been painted over. Of course I can (and probably should) sand and paint over the dings, but that won’t help for U-Haul. I have spent hours on google searches trying to understand if I need to replace these tanks. With no luck because it keeps popping up other topics. One thing that did pop up (and causes problems in the searches) is that the horizontal permanently installed tanks are much thicker so some rust isn’t a problem. But the 20 lb upright removable propane tanks are thinner, and it is unclear if U-Haul is being overly cautious or if a few dings actually are a problem. Seems a new tank is around $30 each, plus I would need to find a place that knows how to purge the new tank. Also I am not clear if tanks for BBQs from a local store are good enough for RVs, or if you want a better quality. I doubt if it is necessary to replace the tanks but it is a problem if I drive through a city (and city traffic) to a propane fill place and they refuse to fill the tank. On the interstate I fill up at Pilot / Flying J and they don’t question it. But off the interstate sometimes U-Haul is the easiest (or only) local option for tank refill, and if they give me a hard time that is a problem. The tanks are 5 years old with a few dings. Is it time to replace the tanks?
bobbolotune 07/12/21 02:55am Tech Issues
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