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Old 04-14-2014, 03:32 PM   #1
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Rusty spare

I took my spare down to check the pressure, the spare is a steel wheel never been used in 3 years. I was surprised to see how much rust was on it.

Never been in snow, but have towed in rain many times. It stinks those things rust so easy.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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Sounds like a sand and re-paint project coming up.....

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Old 04-15-2014, 10:36 AM   #3
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Yeah, I will one day lol, but for now I just cleaned it and squirted some wd-40 on it. And of course filled it up, it was down to 40 psi.
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:29 PM   #4
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The painted white steel rims rust very easy. I have had to sand and paint several places on mine that were bleeding rust, more then once.
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Had this issue on a landscape trailer one and found that hitting them with some spray can clear coat after re-painting (or while the wheel is still new) helps keeping the rust from forming.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:15 AM   #6
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Many RVs are manufactured in Northern Indiana. Many are then are towed out to the dealers in the winter months for the Spring rush when salt is on the roads. This therefore leads to rusting on unwashed parts including spare tires. Surface rust has nothing to do with the integrity of the spare. Clean it up and repaint it or just replace it.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:17 AM   #7
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I'd be careful spraying WD40 on things you intend to paint. It will prevent the new paint from sticking to the metal. Just make sure you clean it with plenty of soapy water and rinse it well before you repaint. Just my 2 cents (FWIW).
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