Rustproofing Rock Guard Hardware - Fiberglass RV

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Old 06-07-2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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We have new rock guard (gravel shield) hardware from Scamp to install on our 99 Scamp. The old hardware is seriously rusted, and we would like to have suggestions of what product to use to coat the new hardware before it is installed. We do not know the composition of the metal...obviously not stainless steel! Thanks for any help.

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Old 06-07-2010, 10:57 AM   #2
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You can buy stainless steel replacements meant for boats. I bet Raya can pipe in with a make and model or picture etc.

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Old 06-07-2010, 11:27 AM   #3
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Hi Vivian,

I would not be surprised if they are mild steel. You could try painting them, but you will probably be fighting a losing battle. On the other hand, stainless hardware does not come cheaply, so you might prefer to remove your hardware every once in a while and repaint/re-coat.

I'm running out the door so I don't have time to do too much checking, but here are a few possibilities from West Marine. A couple of notes:

1) I think I have seen the same style hardware as on the Boler/Scamp window cover in stainless, but did not have time to look for it just now.

2) You will note that WM shows the mfgr part number. Sometimes it pays to shop around as they can be quite a bit more expensive than other sources.;classNum=11383;classNum=11382;classNum=11383;classNum=11383,21348.html

Sorry for the clumsy links; I don't have time right now to shorten them or to save/transfer photos of the hardware to this post. But at least this will give you some ideas for now. (And they may not all fit exactly.)


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Old 06-07-2010, 01:36 PM   #4
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Vivian, I put a new Scamp gravel guard and hardware on my Scamp several years ago. My trailer had never had one. I have an aerosol can of Silicone (gasp!) shoe shine.... I think it's an Amway product. I sprayed the $#[at]% out of the hardware before I put it on the trailer. So far, nary a sign of rust. I plan on keeping the mild steel well "waxed." It did take several days to dry, after all metal doesn't absorb. Had I thought about buying stainless hardware, I may have gone that route, but I didn't so now I'll settle for what I've got. YMMV
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:19 PM   #5
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You might have success with a product called "Sheath". It's a Birchwood Casey product and they make a whole line of protective products besides Sheath. I have used Sheath on firearms for years as well as on tools which remain on my boat (moored in sea water). It can be found in smaller containers and aerosol cans at sporting goods stores. The stuff works and doesn't contain silicone. Here's a link:

Hope this helps,
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