Cleaning Rusty Chains

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by jreiff, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
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    Not sure where the best spot to post this, so i will try it here.

    Just curious to what you all do with rusty log chains to clean them up? Is there a chemical/ solution to clean them up and take away the rust. Possibly putting a coat of paint on them to help keep the rust away? If anyone has any godd solutions that they use or have tried, would like to here about it. Thanks
     
  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yea there is a product sold in auto parts stores called RustOff and it will stop the rust on the chains and turn them a nice black protecting them from rusting more.I use it on my old tools I collect.
     
  3. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    gemplers.com sells a product for that
     
  4. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Drag it behind the truck on a dirt road, dust it off; then give it a shot of oil and keep it dry.
     
  5. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 402

    Thanks for the help everyone, Will have to run and see if I can get some.
     
  6. lx665

    lx665 LawnSite Member
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    We use floor wax to keep them from rusting. It's cheap and once dry does not make a mess. We've been doing this way in the fire dept. for years.

    John
     
  7. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
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    John, you jsut put the chains in a bocket of floor wax or how do you go about applying it to the chains?
     
  8. lx665

    lx665 LawnSite Member
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    We put a inch or so of floor wax in a bucket and dip the chains. We hang the chains on a rack and let them drip dry. It works great..try it.

    John
     
  9. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    vinegar overnight will clean the surface rust off them...
     
  10. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
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    Do you need to clean the rust off first before you use the wax?
     

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