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Forum topic by plang posted 03-13-2010 11:25 PM 2488 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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plang

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03-13-2010 11:25 PM

I was given some pipe clamps tha thad some areas of the pipe showing the bare metal. Should I just leave them alone, or is there something I should recoat them with to prevent rust? Thanks


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Sawkerf

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#1 posted 03-13-2010 11:42 PM

I probably wouldn’t mess with them, but whatever you do, don’t use WD-40 or anything similar on them. They won’t clamp up.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#2 posted 03-13-2010 11:44 PM

My two cents – leave them alone. If rust develops, then sand the rust off. Coatings might interfere with finishing panels, etc.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 03-13-2010 11:50 PM

Coat them with clear lacquer. It dries fast, and won’t make any residue on any project you do. Plus, it’s really easy to touch up at any time. With my luck, I’d grab a good-looking clamp and it’d have rust I didn’t find until I was done with the glue-up, and there would a little glob of glue that brought the rust into the wood.

The lacquer is going to chip, but again, it’s an easy repair. That or a real hard paste wax. That should not affect any finishes if it is on thin and buffed out. I don’t think it will make them too slippery for the latches to bite in. If it does, thinner will take it right off.

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#4 posted 03-14-2010 02:13 AM

Take some PCV pile that will just slip over the Black pipe. Cut this pipe into strips aprox 2 inches in length. When setting up to clamp a board that you wish to protect slip a couple of these “rings” onto the pipe – under your workpiece. This should protect the boards. I would not coat the black iron pipes if they were mine – if rust really got to be an issue just a few strokes with “red” scotch bright pads should remove any accumilated rust !!! Just mu two cents on this subject !!!

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#5 posted 03-14-2010 02:14 AM

Take some PCV pile that will just slip over the Black pipe. Cut this pipe into strips aprox 2 inches in length. When setting up to clamp a board that you wish to protect slip a couple of these “rings” onto the pipe – under your workpiece. This should protect the boards. I would not coat the black iron pipes if they were mine – if rust really got to be an issue just a few strokes with “red” scotch bright pads should remove any accumilated rust !!! Just mu two cents on this subject !!!

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