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Old 19-04-2014, 10:23   #1
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Prevent Rust on Rail Straps

Our horseshoe type IV was in a bracket that was attached to the stern rail with stainless steel straps. Likewise the GPS antennas. Rust seem to develop at these devices and I was wondering if wrapping clear "Rescue Tape" around the rail before attaching the strap would prevent rust. Or would the lack of oxygen under the tape cause the rail to rust under the tape?

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Old 19-04-2014, 12:59   #2
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Re: Prevent Rust on Rail Straps

To the extend possible you never want to insulate stainless from the air. Tape, vinyl covers, wood blocks, all of them accelerate crevice corrosion. Tape is one of the worst since it is never tight enough to keep water out, but is tight enough to hold microscopic salt crystals against the steel, which is probably the worst thing possible for stainless.
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Old 19-04-2014, 13:00   #3
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Re: Prevent Rust on Rail Straps

How do you attach things to your rail? Zip locks?
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Re: Prevent Rust on Rail Straps

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How do you attach things to your rail? Zip locks?

I use brackets like these

Rail Mount Bracket - Round - Sea-Dog Line | Fisheries Supply

and corrosion protection like this,

CorrosionX

"A light spray of CorrosionX on power heads, generators sets and engines a couple of times a year will keeping them looking like new even in saltwater and coastal environments."
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Old 19-04-2014, 14:39   #5
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Thanks! Those look just like the Magna brackets.
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Re: Prevent Rust on Rail Straps

Will the corrosion x work on ss to keep rust from developing. I just had some chain plates put on that seem not to be of the highest quality. Plans to polish the heck out of them this weekend with cognates wax, pink stuff, and see if that will help before removing.
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