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Old 07-10-2008, 02:21   #16
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Wire brush, and wash (paint) with Phosphoric Acid ("Ospho").
Ospho Rust Treatment - Since 1947
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http://www.ospho.com/directions.htm
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Old 07-10-2008, 02:21   #17
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We are about to move our 1981 Hardin into a marina that is the equivalent of the home owner's associations that I so desperately despise. (but, beauracratic bs aside). The dock master has informed us that our anchors are too unsightly to be in his marina and this needs to be remedied prior to our relocation. So, I am looking for suggestions on products/methods to make our anchors look like those on the poor sad boats we will be next too have never dipped their anchors into the water and most likely never left their slip....
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Perhaps dress it up a bit with a collar and tie (bow tie of course )

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You are on a finger dock, yes?

Store them below until you need them again.

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Maybe just use the finger part of the dock
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Old 07-10-2008, 22:31   #18
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I had a Suncor stainless plow (CQR type) on the boat I recently bought that I didn't even know was stainless because it was so tarnished. Went over it with a wire brush on a drill and then lots of Flitz and she's turned into a thing of beauty. I almost threw it away when we got the boat because it looked so bad.

If your anchors are galvanized, then one thing that works amazingly is to knock off the surface rust with wire brush or whatever and then sink them into some deep marl/clay/muck/sludge. Leave them there for a few weeks. The oxygen deprivation reblues (for lack of a better word) the steel and they come out looking like they were just out of the packaging. Plus, it's no labor! If they were painted, then this trick works, too. First knock or chemical strip the paint off. Then just bury them completely in the deepest marl/mud/muck you can find (back down hard), leave a tag line and then go back in a few weeks and yank them up. You will be amazed at the difference.
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Old 08-10-2008, 10:35   #19
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Wire brush, and wash (paint) with Phosphoric Acid ("Ospho").
Ospho Rust Treatment - Since 1947
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Say GordMay, how well does that phosphoric acid treatment hold up? Had it on fence for years, but that's not salt water. Just curious. Nothing quite as good as rust at keeping rust at bay.
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:00   #20
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Petit Rust-lock

Petit makes a product for painting over rusted metal that will make the anchor look like new. Nice thing about it, the rust does not need to be removed. Just don't get any on yourself, it will not come off till you wear it off.
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another vote for paint
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Old 08-10-2008, 14:44   #22
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I've used Rustoleum dry galvanizing paint from Home Depot. Cheap fix but doesn't last long.
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Hi,
We are about to move our 1981 Hardin into a marina that is the equivalent of the home owner's associations that I so desperately despise. (but, beauracratic bs aside). The dock master has informed us that our anchors are too unsightly to be in his marina and this needs to be remedied prior to our relocation. So, I am looking for suggestions on products/methods to make our anchors look like those on the poor sad boats we will be next too have never dipped their anchors into the water and most likely never left their slip....
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Old 08-10-2008, 16:40   #24
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I think I would put it in the anchor locker! I tried painting ours and it lasted until I anchored in the sand Now just the shank shows any sign of paint. How expensive is re-galvanizing?
In that marina I guess peeing off the side or bathing in the cock pit are out of the question
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eat ALOT of the pirate coin chocolates then use the gold foil to make a temporary anchor cover. seeins how it would be gold colored and shiney you might have lots of visitors that wanted to know where you got the gold anchor and you would please the harbormaster.
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Many thanks to everyone for the helpful, 'creative', and extremely funny responses. Its already been a long week and I needed a good laugh!!! We're moving next week so it will be a busy weekend...I'll let you all know what we ultimately end up doing with the anchor and how it works out for us.
Regarding the questions of WHY.......Unfortunately we are in Southern California and somewhat limited on choices for this size boat. This is a temporary solution until the boat is ready to head out... On the plus size, BIG BROTHER will help keep us focused on the projects required to get the heck out of here!!!!
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Find another marina? If not and you want to go cheap just paint them with white rustoleum. When they start to rust again, paint them again.
I like white anchors because they are easy to see on the bottom if there is any kind of visibility.
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Well, as promised, I'm following up on what we ultimately ended up doing. A Fine Multitool with sandpaper attachments, 15 minutes of my husband's hardwork, and a $5 can of galvinzed paint from Home Depot seemed to to the trick...and we've still got paint left if we need to touch up. Hopefully we will not be here this long, however.....

And, for what its worth after almost 3 months...this marina is turning out to be as big of a pain in the butt as expected.
  • They've been in a battle with the post office which has resulted in my mail being lost, returned to sender, mis-delivered, and opened by people in the 'office'.
  • They haven't figured out how the parking garage gates work so my car was locked in the garage for over an hour when I was trying to leave for work
  • Lounges and gym facilities STILL aren't available even though promised in Sept.
  • We are in the last slip on our dock and most of the rest of the slips are empty, but they were sure to let us know we were hanging over by more than 1 foot.
Counting the days until we can tell them where to put it......
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Thanks for the follow-up.
Sounds like the anchor clean-up was cheap enough.
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