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#1 Tony Reyes

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:06 PM

I just worked blocks from the ocean for about 4 days. Parts of the arm, sled, and vest are showing rust. Anything I can do? I don't want it to keep rusting at the very least. 
I'm on my phone right now. I can post pictures when I get home.
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#2 Kareem La Vaullee

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:33 PM

Hi Tony,

I use this : ACF-50 Topic

Here is the ACF-50 Product Page

And there is a page to find you local distributor here : LEAR CHEMICAL RESEARCH CORPORATION - WHERE TO BUY

K.
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#3 Janice Arthur

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:35 PM

Tony

Not terrible. Just surface rust.

A rag w some basic oil like 3-in-1 oil even wiped on the rusty parts will stop it and also take away any small amounts of salt residue

Q-tips w oil on them will get to the hidden Parts.

If nothing got in salt water it's just moisture / salt air.

That's a good start / final answer to the issue.

Don't worry

My arm has been in rain and gotten some surface run on various parts and that's all it too to stop it

Good luck

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#4 Peter Hoare

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:47 AM

The screws in my flyer rusted and went orange too, you can swap the screws for stainless, they wont rust but they will be shiny unless you get them plated.


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#5 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:33 PM

The screws in my flyer rusted and went orange too, you can swap the screws for stainless, they wont rust but they will be shiny unless you get them plated.


Or you buy black oxide coated stainless hardware.....
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:40 PM

Mcmaster Carr sell a rust preventive spray called T-9, we use it on the Libra head and it works well.
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#7 David M. Aronson

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:30 PM

The screws in my flyer rusted and went orange too, you can swap the screws for stainless, they wont rust but they will be shiny unless you get them plated.


Or you buy black oxide coated stainless hardware.....


I don't like black oxide. If you even think about touching them, your hands get covered in black oxide.
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#8 Peter Hoare

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:57 PM

We use stainless screws in everything we make and have them electroplated black for exactly that reason...
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#9 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:44 PM

The screws in my flyer rusted and went orange too, you can swap the screws for stainless, they wont rust but they will be shiny unless you get them plated.


Or you buy black oxide coated stainless hardware.....


I don't like black oxide. If you even think about touching them, your hands get covered in black oxide.


I don't know where you're buying your hardware but they don't do that
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#10 Tony Reyes

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:14 AM

Ok, thank you everyone for the responses. I'd say that the crisis has been averted. However, just felt the gimbal, it's a little grimy feeling. It was much smoother before this. Before I go spraying WD40 (potentially making it worse), any recommendations?
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#11 Janice Arthur

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:45 AM

Tony;

wd-40 could work but there are better options.

1) could be such small particles that blowing out with air and just "grinding" up the small dirt with use will get rid of most of the issue.

2) call tiffen/peter abraham etc. see what they say.

3) usually its a drop or two of thin oil in the gimbal that does the trick.

4) see what others say but if its only salt air then probably smallest amounts of "dirt, sand, salt" got in.

Welcome to the learning curve X2.

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#12 Tony Reyes

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:07 AM

The learning curve has been mildly stressful! But it's great to get in there and learn about this beautiful piece of machinery/design. I've been trying not to call or e-mail my contact (Derek Hester) at Tiffen. Don't want to annoy him too much : ) I'm thinking that it has to do with the salt issue that I have been having with my rig. Most of the surface rust is gone. I just don't want an even larger problem to be growing in the gimbal : /

So you're saying a little spray of WD40 wouldn't hurt?
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#13 Janice Arthur

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:14 AM

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Relax. Reread. Take a min on wd

May be better options.

Call tiffen. That's what u paid for.

Others will contribute too
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#14 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:16 PM

The learning curve has been mildly stressful! But it's great to get in there and learn about this beautiful piece of machinery/design. I've been trying not to call or e-mail my contact (Derek Hester) at Tiffen. Don't want to annoy him too much : ) I'm thinking that it has to do with the salt issue that I have been having with my rig. Most of the surface rust is gone. I just don't want an even larger problem to be growing in the gimbal : /

So you're saying a little spray of WD40 wouldn't hurt?


Derek Hester is a really helpful and professional guy. Give him a call before you do anything.
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