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Tire Chains

Postby Karl Bader » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:32 am

Hey all! Quick question about tire chains. I bought a set relatively cheaply, and they need some work. Lots of surface rust from laying outside. I have some repair work to do which for me is not a big deal, especially for the price I paid. My question though is what would be the best way to clean them up? I'd love to get them to a point where they are metal colored vs rust. then hit them with some oil when not in use to prevent them from rusting again.

Ideas? I don't own a sandblaster.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Tire Chains

Postby LRiddle » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:47 am

Personally I wouldn't worry about some rust on tire chains, but if you do want to clean them up the best bet may be to build an electrolysis tank.
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Re: Tire Chains

Postby MilGunsmith » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:18 am

Put them on and use tractor. They will clean up

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Re: Tire Chains

Postby Stanton » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:46 am

LRiddle wrote:Personally I wouldn't worry about some rust on tire chains, but if you do want to clean them up the best bet may be to build an electrolysis tank.


:Dito: Here's a good read on the subject by bob in CT, one of our Team Cub Mentors: http://www.farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=150&t=47973
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Re: Tire Chains

Postby Drfting1 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:20 pm

Like what others said..... Use is the best way for chains, but another way which I have used other than blasting is using an acid which is readily available at home depot or lowes, does a great job of removing rust and prepping metal https://www.homedepot.com/p/Klean-Strip ... /100406369

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Re: Tire Chains

Postby Don McCombs » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:59 am

Not to hijack this thread, but I wonder how that product would work de-rusting the inside of a fuel tank?
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Re: Tire Chains

Postby staninlowerAL » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:16 am

There was a recent post about using this product in a fuel tank. I've successfully used OSPHO (active ingredient is phosphoric acid) for a lot of projects over the years. Haven't tried a fuel tank yet.
EDIT: check this post: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=98840&hilit=acid+wash+a+fuel+tank

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Re: Tire Chains

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:25 pm

MilGunsmith wrote:Put them on and use tractor. They will clean up
Agreed, mine are always a lot shinier at end of snow season than beginning. Sand blasting will work, but will be a bit of work and use quite a bit of sand. Another good idea if you have a gravel road is to just tie them to the drawbar and drag them up and down the road a while. Just be sure to tie them with something that will break should they snag on a rock or anything else solid. That steering wheel hurts you if you make a sudden stop at about 2/3 throttle in 3rd. Take it from someone who knows.
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Re: Tire Chains

Postby Karl Bader » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:28 am

MilGunsmith wrote:Put them on and use tractor. They will clean up


That would work for the bottoms, but not the sides...

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Re: Tire Chains

Postby Karl Bader » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:31 am

Don McCombs wrote:Not to hijack this thread, but I wonder how that product would work de-rusting the inside of a fuel tank?


Yes, I recently did this with mine, which was heavily rusted inside... Plopped it in, added a couple of boxes of 1/2" bolts, and turned, and turned, and turned... and turned some more... you get the idea. Make sure the tank is fully rinsed out afterward, and then fully dry after that.

I was originally going to coat the tank then, but advised against it. Someone said get a rare earth magnet and put it under the tank near the sediment bowl, and this will attract any loose rust in the future.


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