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Posted: 08/06/21 11:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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.


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Posted: 08/06/21 11:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rustoleum rust converter is all you need. No need to paint then.

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Are you talking about the binders? You can only get into to many of the crooks and crannies without taking them apart. Wire brush and any can of paint off the shelf will work. None of it's going to last long, just the nature of life. Grinding with a flapper disc would be the best; you'd be hard pressed and bored to grind the strength out of them.

Painting over rust makes the rust look good, but it's still there. Rust is ugly perhaps, but as you pointed out, it's everywhere on the truck, and things still work. Touch up is ok, but there is a time when one is spending valuable time and money on things that have served their purpose.


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Posted: 08/06/21 11:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dhull wrote:

Rustoleum rust converter is all you need. No need to paint then.


lol, ^^^^ learn something new everyday. I seriously doubt it's a perfect solution, but I'd be all over it for a quick 'fix'. Nice find dhull.

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POR will work over rust. Clean them up best you can and then a couple of coats of POR.


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Knock the loose stuff off, maybe wire brush or wire wheel it and give em a rustoleum rebuild. Or any other number of products.
Steel doesn't have to be prepped to a near white condition for paint to stick to it.


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The best product I’ve used so far is Fliuid Film . I spray the undercarriage every fall . No serious prep , just scrape off obvious peeling and spray it on . My truck has plowed snow in the salt belt and still looks pretty good .


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sbryan@vtbryans.com wrote:

POR will work over rust. Clean them up best you can and then a couple of coats of POR.

I can vouch for POR-15. It's expensive compared to plain paint but works excellent.

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Rust converter still suppose to be painted over.
Home Depot has Rust converter, although in some areas on special order.
Great stuff.
For final paint, the 99 cents rattle cans from HD are good as well.





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I used to spray them with mat black rust Rustoleum when they started to look bad. I would spray them right on the truck, just point the can the right direction.


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