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Old 16-10-2009, 21:39   #1
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Will this Clip Rust?

The clip below (Click to enlarge) has been given to us on our new curtains and the curtain guy says the supplier says they won't rust.

"Ohhhhh No. No wust! I sure you no WUST! When you leave?"

We have, of course, withheld payment as we asked for stainless or plastic clips.

We have asked them to give us the box so I can see he label.

When I put the saw to a clip the powder is very light gold colour, the clip is silver and the cut mark is either silver of the faintest tinge of gold.

Can anyone tell me what the clip is made from and will it wust? Ummm rust....


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Old 16-10-2009, 22:45   #2
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Considowing dat wust is wostly wiron woxide, den if it wasn't wiorn to begin wiff, den it won't wust.

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I would imagine that it is probably chrome plated brass.

Both Stainless and brass would be non-magnetic (or less magnetic depending on the type of stainless).

Brass will be much softer than stainless.
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I would imagine that it is probably chrome plated brass.

Both Stainless and brass would be non-magnetic (or less magnetic depending on the type of stainless).

Brass will be much softer than stainless.
Brass would also be slightly lighter than 300 series S/S, and shouldn't have the "gold" (or Cu) tint to the filings.
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Old 17-10-2009, 09:58   #5
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Brass would also be slightly lighter than 300 series S/S, and shouldn't have the "gold" (or Cu) tint to the filings.
But brass is a copper-zinc alloy. The day I get gold filings of something I cut, I'll keep on cutting! ;-)

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Brass would also be slightly lighter than 300 series S/S, and (sic: S/S) shouldn't have the "gold" (or Cu) tint to the filings.
Stainless shouldn't produce gold or copper coloured filings - whereas Brass could be described as golden/coppery.
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Old 18-10-2009, 00:45   #7
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Hmmmmmm.... so for the layperson who might just be reading this.... perhaps me for example.... its won't rust?

I'll borrow Elmers shot gun to get a straight answer out of you lot!

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There's no way it could be that lovely brass plated steel so beloved of low cost manufacturers that's had some a few microns of nickel plated on top? Haven't got a magnet handy? Soft enough to be aluminium?

If there's no alternative I'd suggest cleaning them carefully with a degreasing solvent (>turps) and giving them a light spray coating of some sort of clear varnish.

Could still be good when you sell the boat in a couple of years.
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[QUOTE=Boracay;348198]Lifetime guarantee... [QUOTE]

OK, Thanks, Chris. I will take your guarantee of them being fine for the rest of my life. I will actually live quite a loooooooong time as I don't intend to smoke, drink only a gallon or 2 of beer per day and I don't listen to Nicolle. Surely I will hit 80!!!!


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I have a friend who has generously offered to analysis your curtain rings. For the negligible sum of 1,250 Singapore dollars he will provide you with a full report and an expert opinion on their 'rustability'. He guarantees his results but may be difficult to contact soon, there being no PO Boxes in the middle of an ocean. Should you wish to avail yourself of this once in a lifetime opportunity, please send your Visa Card details including your PIN to Ripoff Analysis, PO Box 1000, London
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negligible sum of 1,250 Singapore dollars

Hang on! Let me calculate that.....

Goodness he is cheap!

Its amazing that the folks around here think all cruisers are modestly almost billionaires.

One day when I get over the shock I will tell you about the quote I got for a set of Davits.... $7,500 US dollars. And this is where work is meant to be cheap!


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In my experience very little is cheap in Singapore or JB when you are a Caucasian. This is not meant to denigrate the area, I love it, but business is business, as my Chinese and Malay friends say
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