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Old 28 September 2009, 16:25   #1
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Rusty chain

Hey,

Everytime I lay anchor, the rust from the chain leaves lovely rust marks all over my otherwise sparkling tubes...

I try and be really careful to lift the chain clear of the tubes, but every now and then it does mark it.

Until I get really annoying and buy new chain (which'll just rust again in a year), can anyone recommend any stuff which'll do a good job at cleaning the tubes? Water and soapy bubbles didn't work...!

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Old 28 September 2009, 16:48   #2
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Stainless or bronze chain

Oxalic acid or similar will take the rust stains off but I have never used it on a rib
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Try TFR or traffic film remover used neat or 50:50 with water.

Also try washing powder used neat with just a bit of water and a sponge. On hypalon anyway.

I see you are from NZ - they have just banned all mobile phone use in cars - even for sat nav - mad or what? Thought your country was more laid back than that!!!
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This might be a stupid suggestion but could you put the chain inside a clear plastic hose so you can still see/inspect it, but the rust will not rub on the tubes?
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Old 28 September 2009, 18:05   #5
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Stainless or bronze chain
Or galv
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Old 28 September 2009, 18:16   #6
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i had a tin of red lead paint diped the chain in and left it to dry
no probleam with marking
we do have a rubber section at the bow that stops it from touching the tubes
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Old 28 September 2009, 21:13   #8
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This might be a stupid suggestion but could you put the chain inside a clear plastic hose so you can still see/inspect it, but the rust will not rub on the tubes?
Possibly not that stupid - will keep my hands clean too!!

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I see you are from NZ - they have just banned all mobile phone use in cars - even for sat nav - mad or what? Thought your country was more laid back than that!!!
Yup, just coming into force. When u see some of the driving over here, you'll be glad they've finally banned it!!!

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Stainless or bronze chain
Sounds very expensive!!

I might

a) replace with new galv chain
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b) feed it through a clear plastic tube
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c) washing powder to take off existing stains (anything with the word acid in doesn't fill me with confidence to put it on tubes!)

Sorry Stoo, love the sea too much to move away....!
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Our galvanised chain hasn't rusted, maybe try a different brand?
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